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Appendix A: Model Program for the State School Environmental Health Guidelines

Guidance for establishing a holistic, comprehensive, and actionable strategy that integrates preventive measures and addresses environmental health issues by fostering well-maintained school buildings and grounds

At A Glance 2016: Healthy Schools

Overviews of CDC’s Healthy Schools program

Back to School – Ideas for Parents

As summer ends, there is a lot to do to get kids ready for school. This is especially true because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what parents can do to get ready for the new school year, too

Back To School Roadmap

The Department of Education has developed a Return to School Roadmap to support educators and school leaders, parents, families, and communities and lead students on a path to return to in-person learning this fall, where they are safe and supported. The goal of the Roadmap is to make sure every student has the support and opportunities they need to heal, learn, and grow in their classrooms and create an environment where they belong and can thrive.

BAM! Body and Mind Classroom Resources for Teachers

This web page contains a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.

Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools Executive Summary

This article describes the purpose of school-based BMI surveillance and screening programs, examines current practices, and reviews research on BMI measurement programs. The article summarizes the recommendations of experts, identifies concerns surrounding programs, and outlines needs for future research. Guidance is provided on specific safeguards that need to be addressed before schools decide to collect BMI information.

CDC’s Promoting Parent Engagement in School Engagement in School Health: A facilitator’s Guide for Staff Development

The purpose of the staff development program, Promoting Parent Engagement in School Health, is to provide teachers and other school staff with an introduction to parent engagement and guidance on how to engage parents in school health activities. This Facilitator’s Guide provides the step-by-step procedures, activities, handout materials, resources, and PowerPoint® presentation (with facilitator narrative and notes) needed to implement this staff development program. In addition, an e-mail template to use in promoting the availability of this program to school staff — and inviting them to participate — is included.

Childhood Obesity Factsheet

Overview of obesity and its causes

COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools.

ED recently released COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools. To reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and maximize the amount of in-person instruction, schools need sufficient resources and strong state and local public health measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) provide recommendations and considerations based on the most recent scientific evidence to support school and district leaders and educators in meeting these ever evolving, significant challenges.

COVID-19 Resources for Schools, Students, and Families

This US Department of Education webpage is intended to provide states, communities, educators, and families with resources and flexibilities that empower students to continue pursuing their education goals during this coronavirus pandemic. This includes the ongoing development of guidance and policies related to elementary and secondary education, special education, higher education, and other essential components of lifelong learning.

E-Learning Series: Training Tools for Healthy Schools.

The Training Tools for Health Schools: Promoting Health and Academic Success, eLearning series consists of five core training tools that have been converted to 1-1.5 hour modules for the ease and flexibility for online learners to have easier access to our tools. Continuing education credits are offered to most partipant forth CSPAP and SHG. All five modules have a very robust GO Further section to gain additional knowledge and resources.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund) Fact Sheet

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides an additional $54.3 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund). ESSER II Fund awards to SEAs are in the same proportion as each State received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2020. This ESSER II Fact Sheet outlines the primary differences between ESSER Fund under the CARES Act enacted on March 27, 2020, and the ESSER II Fund under the CRRSA, Public Law 116-260 enacted on December 27, 2020.

EPA’s Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program 

Guidnce help states establish and sustain environmental health programs for K-12 schools.

EXHALE Technical Guides

EXHALE is a package of six strategies that can be used individually or together to achieve better asthma control for both children and adults. The EXHALE guides explain how the strategies can be applied by different stakeholders, including people with asthma, schools, healthcare professionals, and public health professionals.

Give Your Kids a Healthy and Active Summer

Parents play a powerful role in helping their children prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for the upcoming school year. Here are some ways you can give your child a healthy and active summer through activities that help them be safe, healthy, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Health and Academics

Research shows a strong connection between healthy behaviors and academic achievement (e.g., grades, standardized tests, graduation rates, attendance).5-10 Data from the 2019 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) illustrate the prevalence of health behaviors among children and adolescents that can have a significant impact on learning and a lifetime of healthier living.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) Brochure

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula. The HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.

Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Website

EPA’s comprehensive schools website offers all the resources you need to establish, maintain, or enhance a school environmental health program.

MMWR School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

CDC combined the research and best practices for promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools into nine guidelines. The guidelines serve as the foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students.

National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE), provides training and technical assistance to schools, school districts, and educational agencies to support efforts aimed at creating and nurturing safe and supportive learning environments. The national center addresses a wide variety of topics that impact school climate, ranging from bullying and violence prevention to tools for measuring and identifying needs for school climate.

Professional Development Practices

The ultimate goal of professional development (PD) is the effective implementation of skills and strategies that enhance knowledge and transfer of learning. This guides list Professional Development Practices based on research and best practice and provide the best conditions for implementation to occur. They encompass the delivery of PD in a group setting (trainings, presentations, meetings) and one‐on‐one (general technical assistance, coaching/mentoring).

Putting Local School Wellness Policies into Action: Stories from Districts and Schools

This publication is a compilation of 11 stories that provide examples of steps and strategies used to implement wellness policies, including activities in key areas such as improving school meals and increasing physical activity levels among students.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, The REMSTA Center is the nation’s higher ed and K-12 school safety, security, and emergency management and preparedness hub for information and services (e.g., guidance, training, tools, resources). The REMS TA Center serves K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs), public and private, as well as their local, state, and Federal partners with shared school safety responsibilities.  They develop and maintain comprehensive, all-hazard, and high-quality campus and school Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs).  These plans focus on continually protecting the whole school community before, during, and after possible emergencies. In addition to its free virtual trainings, the REMS TA Center offers numerous interactive tools such as its EOP Assist software, which helps generate customized plans and its SITE ASSESS app which facilitate the walk-through and safety inspection of campus and buildings

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Executive Summary

Summarizes the current state of the physical activity and the physical education policies and practices of secondary schools (e.g., middle schools, high schools) across 26 jurisdictions (18 states, 6 large urban school districts, 1 territory, and 1 tribe)

School Health Index

An online self-assessment and planning tool (also available  in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It’s easy to use and completely confidential.

School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profile surveys are conducted every 2 years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.

School Siting Guidelines

Guidance which helps school districts evaluate the environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions.

Sensible Guide for Healthier School Renovations

An overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards and ways to minimize children’s exposures as they prepare for and undergo renovations

Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments

Guidance which provides information on the most cost-effective, affordable measures school districts can take to protect the health of students and staff.

SHPPS School Health Policies and Practices Study

SHPPS is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. This fact sheet reports data from the 2014 study, which collected data at the school and classroom levels.

SHPPS: School Health Policies and Program Study

The School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

Smart School Siting Tool

EPA developed the Smart School Siting Tool under its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program to help school agencies and other local government agencies work together to better align school siting and other community development decisions.

The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

This guide, The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (District Guide), complements the earlier School Guide by recommending specific roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staff.

Tips for Promoting School Employee Wellness

You can have an employee wellness program and follow CDC Guidelines for Operating Schools During COVID-19.

Tips for Teachers: Promoting Healthy Eating & Physical Activity in the Classroom

This tip sheet provides both evidence-based tips and resources for teachers to promote healthy eating and physical activity in the classroom. All of the tips are based on the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

Tobacco Use Behaviors and Academic Grades

Data from the 2019 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that students with higher grades are less likely to use tobacco products compared to students with lower grades. It is important to remember that these associations do not prove causation. School health professionals, school officials, and other decision makers can use this fact sheet to better understand the connection between tobacco product use and grades and reinforce policies and practices that discourage tobacco product use in schools.

Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting

Results from research study which evaluated the relationship between school location, travel choices, and the environment.

Understanding Professional Development

This overview provides basic definitions for the following PD terms: training, workshop, technical assistance, presentation, and information session.

Understanding the Training of Trainers (ToT) Model

This brief helps those who are in charge of state and district-wide trainings to further their understanding of a the ToT model. The Training of Trainers (ToT) model is intended to engage master trainers in coaching new trainers that are less experienced with a particular topic or skill, or with training overall. A ToT workshop can build a pool of competent instructors who can then teach the material to other people. Instead of having just one trainer who teaches a course for a long time, there are multiple trainers teaching the same course at the same time in the ToT model, thus creating a broader reach; sustainability; and is much more cost and time efficient.

Virtual Health Schools

The Virtual Healthy Schools is an interactive learning tool that shows how schools can use the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model to support Health school environments.

Whole School Whole Community Whole Child: A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health

This document describes the Whole School Whole Community Whole Child (WSCC) framework, a collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools.

YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Monitors six types of Health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults.