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”.
For information on wellness (nutrition) programs and resources, please go to Student Nutrition
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.
Department of Education Releases Resources on Improving School Climate
Free, First-of-Their-Kind Tools Will Support Enhanced Learning Environments for all Students
The U.S. Department of Education today released new school climate surveys and a quick guide on making school climate improvements to help foster and sustain safe and supportive environments that are conducive to learning for all students
The ED School Climate Surveys (surveys) and the Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements will enable states, local school districts, and individual schools to collect and act on reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real-time. These new, free and adaptable resources will enable educators, administrators, and school system leaders to understand and create environments where every child can be successful.
Access the press release here.
Supportive School Discipline Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have partnered with Too Small to Fail to create a set of early STEM resources for families and educators called the “Let’s Talk, Read and Sing About STEM!” tip sheets. These new tip sheets are filled with ideas for STEM conversations that can take place during every day routines.
The resources include:
- Tip sheet for families
- Tip sheets for infant/toddler teachers and preschool teachers
- “Let’s Talk About the World” poster
All tip sheets are also available in Spanish.