The Safe and Healthy School Bureau (SHSB) understands that by supporting student health, we are increasing students’ potential to succeed academically. Student health and well-being are essential to learning. We can all do our part to create a safe and healthy school environment.
With the recent school closures due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are sharing some of our classroom resources to help teachers, parents, and kids at home. The following resources have been compiled by staff from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED), Safe & Healthy Schools Bureau, and are intended to help identify online resources to help students stay active and choose nutritious food options during the ongoing schools closures. The list also includes resources for online classroom resources for physical and health education. Online Physical and Health Education Resource
Alcohol Portal: Effects of Drinking Alcohol on Your Health. While most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to injuries and deaths in car crashes, many people do not know that drinking too much alcohol also can increase the chances of cancer, suicide, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and other negative health outcomes. CDC provides for the common defense of the country and, as such, has a significant role in fighting excessive alcohol use through the use of our science, tracking, and service to the countless Americans and their families affected by drinking too much.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing:
1) background information on the forms of e-cigarette products,
2) information on the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges), and
3) clinical features of patients with severe pulmonary disease. This health advisory also provides recommendations for clinicians, public health officials, and the public based on currently available information.
Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping Key facts about E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping
BAM! Body and Mind will tell you everything you need to know about all of the stuff that matters. Whether it’s nutrition, physical activity, stress, safety, or diseases, we’ve got you covered! We designed this specifically for you—kids 9–12 years old—and even have some awesome games and quizzes to test your skills!
Diabetes Management in Schools
Building a Grief-Sensitive School Community
New York Life has launched a groundbreaking program called the Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative to better equip educators and other school personnel to support grieving students. The New York Life workforce will provide a personal introduction to this initiative with a presentation that:
- Raises awareness about the prevalence of childhood bereavement and ‘grief in school’
- Increases the knowledge of the resources available for schools to support grieving students and their families
- Support schools/school districts in striving to become Grief-Sensitive through tangible resources, training, practical tools and a connection to a network of supportive services
All Grief-Sensitive Schools receive a welcome packet of bereavement books and a $500 grant to support their efforts in striving to be grief-sensitive. Learn more about the initiative and take the first step by pledging to be a GSSI school.
The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico is proud to be supported by New York Life, and provides free support groups and workshops to young people and adults (ages 5 + up) coping with the death of a loved one. For more information, please call 505-323-0478 or visit www.childrensgrief.org.
Health Education Content Standards
Health Standards Supplemental Guide This Resource Guide is intended to provide health education teachers and other health advocates with national, state, and local resources that may enhance their delivery of health education lessons aligned to the New Mexico Health Education Content Standards with Benchmarks and Performance Standards.
Peer Health Exchange Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.
*AMENDMENT: Children under 18 months with 2 polio vaccines should be allowed to attend child care centers and pre-schools. The New Mexico Childcare/Pre-school/School Entry Immunization Requirements for 2018-19 have an inconsistency with the ACIP Childhood Immunization Schedule. Most infants receive the third dose of polio vaccine at their 6-month visit; however, some providers administer the third dose as late as 18 months. The ACIP schedule allows for the third dose to be given between 6 and 18 months of age. Therefore, children 6 to 18 months must have 2 doses of polio vaccine, not 3 as stated on the New Mexico Immunization Requirements
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!
Before starting conversations about vaccines and epidemiology with children and adolescents, adults should make sure they have a solid understanding of how immunizations work. As previously mentioned, many parents and educators may not have had sufficient health education themselves.
“The playing ground there is not level,” said Morse. “I think it’s one reason why there are so many misconceptions and myths out there about things like vaccines.”
A healthcare provider or public health professional can be a great resource, or visit these sites to learn more
Lifesaving Skills/CPR Resources
American Heart Association Community CPR Manager, SW Region, Contact: Deven Daehn
Medicaid School-Based Services (MSBS)
New Mexico Youth Data
The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), but the survey results have widespread benefits for New Mexico at the state, county, and school district levels.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program provides OHV safety education training to the residents of New Mexico as mandated by the New Mexico State Legislature. The program is funded entirely by OHV users via registration fees collected in the state’s Trail Safety Fund and appropriated to the department by the state legislature. The OHV program offers hands-on safety training and public outreach free of charge, with emphasis on accident and injury prevention, parental responsibility for supervision, and ethical OHV operation to conserve the state’s natural resources.
Physical Education Content Standards
Youth Compendium of Physical Activities The Youth Compendium is intended for widespread use by researchers, state and local health departments, educators, and fitness professionals and in the commercial sector for development of metrics related to exercise equipment and behavioral interventions.
School Health Resources Reports
SHARE New Mexico manages New Mexico’s largest, most up-to-date and comprehensive resource directory. ShareNM was created to help organizations, non-profits and individuals working to improve the quality of life in New Mexico. Built by and for New Mexicans, ShareNM provides convenient access to reliable data on New Mexico community health resources, social services, initiatives and counties. ShareNM also simplifies the process of offering, finding and applying for grants and funding.
Social and Emotional Learning
CASEL Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Through research, practice, and policy, we collaborate with thought leaders to equip educators and policymakers with the knowledge and resources to advance social and emotional learning in equitable learning environments so all students can thrive.
Wallace Foundation Find Out How to Build Social and Emotional Learning Skills; Compare Leading SEL Programs
Second Step Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive.
Why Try Imagine if resilience was a learned trait – one that could be developed and increased by both teachers and students alike, allowing everyone in a school environment to access inner motivation in and beyond the classroom. Research has shown that resilience can be fostered and increased in adolescents – that they can learn skills to help them adapt and even thrive amidst tremendous challenges. WhyTry programs help you deliver these skills using an engaging, multisensory approach, which will transform your classroom or school climate and completely change the way your students view adversity. Multiple third-party studies have proven that our approach to resilience education works.
The Choose Love Enrichment ProgramTM is a no cost Pre-K through 12th grade social and emotional learning program that teaches educators and their students how to choose love in any circumstance and helps them become connected, resilient and empowered individuals.
Finding Focus is a digital course for teens created by UC Santa Barbara & UT Austin.
The 22-day course teaches students how to train their attention and also how to use attention to relate more effectively to their thoughts and emotions. There are weekly 12-minute lessons and daily 4-minute exercises, for a total time commitment of 2.5 hours.
Scientific research shows that the course leads to increased classroom focus, better stress management, and improved emotional regulation.
Thanks to funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education, high school teachers and their students get free access. A teacher interface makes it simple to enroll students and track their progress.
To learn more, check out the short video at: www.findingfocus.app