School Health Services
Consultants and advisors are available for you.
The Missouri Healthy Schools team includes experienced professionals who are available to answer your questions, provide training, and support your decision-making. Your consultants for School Health Services are:
Contact Project Manager Anna Trainer, MPH with general inquiries.
Downloads, webinars and videos
ASHA's Advocacy 101 on Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
>> Main topics: ASHA developed this primer on advocacy so its members can learn strategies to become effective champions for school health at the local, state, or federal level. ASHA focuses on supporting a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) informed school, providing important considerations to be made in preparation of taking action. This resource provides ASHA members with examples and resources to support advocacy efforts. Together, ASHA, its members, and all healthy school champions are a strong voice for students, educators, families, and the broader school community.
>> Read more here
ASHA's 2022 Volunteer Sign-Up is Now Open
>> Main topics: We invite you to volunteer with the American School Health Association (ASHA). ASHA’s member volunteer opportunities bring together a wide range of individuals with expertise in multiple disciplines related to healthy schools, as well as anyone who wants to help ASHA realize our mission to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives. ASHA relies on its members to provide volunteer leadership and support for its programs, events, products, and publications. Committee participation is open to ASHA members only. Appointments are effective through December 31, 2022.
>> Sign up here
DESE Update for Trained Diabetes Personnel: Applying Missouri HB 675
>> Main topics: New resources for trained diabetes personnel at school. Learn more about diabetes and its how it can be effectively managed at school.
>> Download Powerpoint slides
>> Download PDF
DESE Update: Updated K-12 Reopening Guidance
>> Main topics: DESE and DHSS published updates last week to the Missouri School Reopening and Operating Guidance document. We encourage school leaders and local public health officials to review these updates as plans are made for summer school and the 2021-22 school year (see the “Update” icon to quickly review the revised sections).
For your awareness, the biggest updates to the guidance include
Webinar: Lessons from the Field: Return to In-Person Learning: Supporting Students, Especially Those with Disabilities, through Intensive Instruction, Effective Learning Environments and Family Engagement
>> Main topics: This informative webinar featured information from the U.S. Department of Education and a panel discussion with practitioners who shared lessons learned and strategies utilized to support all students, especially those with disabilities, returning to in person learning. Together they focused on how district and school staff can intensify instruction, create effective learning environments, and engage families in ways that benefit all students, especially students with disabilities, when returning to in-person learning.
Guidance for What School Nutrition Professionals and Volunteers at Schools Need to Know about COVID-19
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It's National School Nurses Day!
>> Main topics: To celebrate the work of school nurses in keeping students healthy and ready to learn, we asked them how they successfully maintained a healthy school this past year.
>> Learn more
CDC Healthy Schools Celebrates Accomplishments of School Nurses
>> Main topics: School nurses have always played a critical role in keeping students healthy and ready to learn. Often the only health care provider in a school, they are responsible for the daily management of chronic health conditions, which impact more than 40% of school-aged children and adolescents in the United States. These chronic conditions can include asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, food allergies, and poor oral health. School nurses also complete routine health checks, help families access health insurance, and help maintain healthy schools using school health policies and practices.
>> View resource
School Wellness Policies
>> Main topics: The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has several recorded webinars that may be useful as you revise your school wellness policies for the upcoming school year. You can create a free account to access these sessions.
Books, Backpacks and Water Bottles: How One Tennessee School District is Making It Easier for Students to Stay Hydrated
>> Main topics: Bringing water bottles on campus and into classrooms just got a lot easier in Hamilton County, Tennessee as the Board of Education recently voted in favor of installing water bottle filling stations in all newly constructed or majorly renovated schools.“Unlike water fountains, which require users to put their mouths close to the water dispenser, water bottle filling stations allow users to fill their personal bottles and stay hydrated on-the-go,” said Durm-Minoux. “As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important we encourage better policies that benefit the health and well-being of our students, and one way we can do that is by installing water bottle filling stations to help reduce the spread of germs and disease.”
Hamilton County is the first school district in the state of Tennessee and only second in the southeastern region of the U.S. to pass this important policy.
>> Read more here
Participate in the global survey on the safe reopening of schools
>> Main topics: You are invited to complete the global survey on the safe reopening of schools and to share the survey within your network. The aim of the survey is to gather the experiences and opinions of education and health professionals about the processes in place in their countries and territories to reopen schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to keep them open.
>> Access the survey here
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