Author Archives: Nirja Shah

July 18, 2024

Wellness Wins: The Walking Classroom Works!

Learn how St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) used ESSER funds to implement The Walking Classroom, Healthier Generation’s educational podcast program that combines core curriculum and health literacy with physical activity. Read more here!…

Read More [+]

June 1, 2024

Insights for Shaping the Future Trajectory of School Health Services

The National School Nurse Workforce Study 2.0 describes the demographic characteristics and distribution patterns, school nursing models and activities, and practice environment among self-reported public school nurses in the United States. The Journal of School Nursing article Public School Nurses in the United States: National School Nurse…

Read More [+]

June 1, 2024

Framework: Layers of Support

In NASN’s revamped School Nursing Practice Framework™ (Framework), the graphic illustration now consists of layers of support for school nurses and those we serve. The Standards of Practice principle is now depicted as the foundational layer of practice and performance standards necessary to provide legally sound, evidence-based,…

Read More [+]

May 24, 2024

Preventing Spread of Infections in K-12 Schools

CDC released consolidated, evidence-based guidance for preventing the spread of infections in K-12 schools. The guidance includes everyday actions that schools can take to prevent and control the spread of respiratory and stomach viruses and illnesses, such as influenza and norovirus, and bacterial illness, such as…

Read More [+]

May 4, 2024

National School Nurse Day

Here are some easy ways for you to spread the word about 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 social media,…

Read More [+]

April 27, 2024

Updates to School Nutrition Standards

Research shows that school meals are the most nutritious food source for American schoolchildren—thanks in large part to the work of school nutrition professionals, parents, school meal partners, the food industry, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make school meals healthier over the past decade. USDA’s Food and…

Read More [+]

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. …

Read More [+]
We’ve had such tremendous growth in the building of connections to really support the whole child, getting all aspects of the school district on the same page, and having that common model to support every child.
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.