Growing up, we were taught as children the importance of getting outside, and getting exercise. However, something that’s equally as important as our physical health, is our mental health, especially school-aged kids and teens. So what exactly is the state of New Mexico doing to support the mental health needs of our children? Leslie Kelly of the New Mexico Public Education Department provides details in this interview for New Mexico Living.
The Public Education Department is committed to keeping our school leaders and communities up to date about Coronavirus in New Mexico (COVID-19). NMPED and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) are working together on a daily basis to share the most current information as well as to consult on protocols, procedures and best practices. This includes information about preventative measures, school closures and school meal distribution information. Please check here for the latest information.
Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs Updated. CDC’s Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) guidance for schools and childcare programs now includes Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open. Our Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs page is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease and is updated as needed and as additional information becomes available.
The New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST) has compiled a list of known meal sites taking place in school districts throughout the state of New Mexico during the statewide public school closures. For school districts where days, times, and locations of meal sites are unknown, we have attached hyperlinks that will take you to a page with the contact information for that school district’s Food Service/Nutrition Service Contact Director whom you can direct your questions to. Click here for a list of sites.
Healthier kids make better students.
Better students make healthier communities.
The Safe and Healthy Schools Bureau believe that ALL students can become successful and responsible individuals who value and choose an active and healthy lifestyle.
Through leadership and teamwork, the Bureau advocates and provides support for schools and families to implement school health programs, and health and nutrition services. Through intra/inter and community agency collaboration, the Bureau works to promote healthier schools by providing professional development, technical assistance and resources to local education agencies. Schools are able to develop, implement and evaluate school health programs and activities, designed to improve instruction and increase student learning. Health-promoting schools become high-achieving schools, which is based on the philosophy that “healthy kids make better students and better students make healthier communities”.
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model: A New Approach
By focusing on youth, addressing critical education and health outcomes, organizing collaborative actions and initiatives that support students, and strongly engaging community resources, the WSCC approach offers important opportunities that may improve healthy development and educational attainment for students. Learn more about this approach in a special issue of the Journal of School Health, and at the Center for Disease Control website..
CDC has developed updated guidance to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in communities which includes recommendations for households, schools, workplaces, and healthcare settings.
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. CDC has developed Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Schools should continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs.
Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. Please consider sharing this information through your communication channels. I also encourage you to return to these webpages often as they will continue to be updated.
Did you know… you can now print your child’s shot record
(or your own!) at www.VaxViewNM.org
Simply go to VaxViewNM.org
and enter in a few pieces of information. It is so easy!
After School Programs
Improving School Climate Resources
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 (NMPED, August 12, 2020)