Author Archives: Nirja Shah

April 20, 2024

Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Students with Asthma

Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents, with a higher incidence in African-American students and other students of color, and one of the top causes of school absenteeism. Asthma-friendly schools are those that make the effort to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with asthma. …

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April 20, 2024

Celebrating School Nurse Day

NASN has created a virtual toolkit for you to use to promote and celebrate National School Nurse Day on May 8, 2024: Display this poster at your school to celebrate the leaders who advocate for quality student-centered care. Share messages and images on your…

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April 6, 2024

USDA Says Thank You to Farm to School Census Respondents 

USDA Says Thank You to Farm to School Census Respondents  Every four years, USDA surveys more than 18,000 participating school food authorities (SFAs) through the Farm to School Census. This survey is conducted in all 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia and represents the most comprehensive dataset of…

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March 23, 2024

Explore School Health Profiles Questions

Check out Profiles to find the latest data on school health programs and policies at the national, state, and local level. See how schools and school districts are— Providing health education and services Addressing bullying Responding to the adolescent mental health crisis Getting students active in physical education Engaging…

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March 9, 2024

School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program

The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2024 for the School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) Grant Program, Assistance Listing Number (ALN) number 84.184H. Apply here. Deadline is April 30th…

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We’ve seen rapid expansion of our after-school activities, [and an] increased [number of] students meeting their healthy fitness zones.
Amy Ruzicka Bayless Schools Superintendent Discusses Bayless Schools 5-year journey leading to growth in school and staff wellness initiatives, incorporating the WSCC model, and expansion in after-school activities.