School Health

Coordinated School Health

Coordinated School Health (CSH)/ Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coordinated School Health model recently expanded through a national partnership with ASCD and its Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The framework organizes school health into 10 components: 1) Health Education, 2) Physical Education, 3) Health Services, 4) Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, 5) Nutrition Services, 6) Staff Wellness, 7) Healthy Physical School Environment, 8) Healthy Social-Emotional School Climate and Culture, 9) Family Engagement, and 10) Community Involvement.

This framework is a systematic approach to improving the health and well-being of students and school staff. The model brings together school administrators, teachers, other staff, students, families, and community members to assess the school’s health policies, programs and practices using the CDC’s assessment tool: The School Health Index (SHI); priorities are identified and an action plan for improvement is created, implemented and evaluated for impact. Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, administered by the New Jersey Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Health Program small grants are competitively available to schools throughout the northern NJ region that includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties. The grants are designed to create a healthier school environment and improve student and staff wellness by increasing opportunities for healthier lifestyle choices. By improving school health we anticipate enhancing student learning.

Approved applications receiving a $4,000 grant award for the 2016-2017 school year are:

Sussex County

-Montague Township School District

Essex County

-Grover Cleveland Middle School
-Louise A. Spencer Newark Public School District

Hudson County

-Bayonne High School
-Renaissance Institute
-Dr. Lena Edwards Academic School
-Union City High School
-Dr. Michael Conti P.S. 5

Passaic County

-Anthony Wayne Middle School

Morris County

-Mount Arlington Public Schools


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