School health safety includes everything from washing hands to prevent the spread of germs to a healthy learning environment. Healthy minds and bodies will help curtail a multitude of school problems and support a safer school.
Below you will find information concerning seasonal flu, environmental concerns, school health safety checklists, etc.
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – (CDC) Center for Disuse Control – This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Please check the following CDC website periodically for updated interim guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools – Education Week – If coronavirus emerges in your community, here are six critical steps to follow …
Healthy School Environments – US EPA – Healthy school environments can affect the attendance, concentration and performance of both students and educators. This website presents information about establishing and enhancing healthy school environments. Registered EPA disinfectants for use against COVID-19
Measles (Rubeola) United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts …
About Zika Virus Disease – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). … Zika Virus: What you need to know – ChildrensMD
Seasonal Flu Information for Schools… Educators and staff can help slow the spread of colds and flu. On this site, you will find more information on preventing the flu, as well as, materials and tools for schools.
Information about the Flu – Flu activity and surveillance, weekly US Influenza report, symptoms & diagnosis, etc.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – Center for Disease Control – Causes and transmission, signs and symptoms, prevention, etc. — Also, letters of guidance are included to be sent home in case of exposure to pertussis.
CDC – NIOSH Publications and Products – Safety Checklist Program … Administrators, coordinators, and teachers know that their schools should comply with Federal or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. However, the task may seem overwhelming! This Safety Checklist Program can help these leaders bring their schools into compliance even when they have little safety and health experience, a busy schedule, and many unanswered questions.
Center for Disease Control – This government site provides information on disease prevention and control, injuries, disabilities, hazards, and other health problems. CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information.
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives – CDC – Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. … find out how handwashing with soap and water can protect you and your family.
March is: National Nutrition Month – eatright.org – National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association.
Back to School – CDC Healthy Schools offers many resources for parents. Discover ways to help your kids get a healthy start to the school year.
Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter – CDC – Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead.
2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book – State Trends in Child Well-Being – The 31st edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began. Included are the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being. It also identifies multi-year trends — comparing statistics from 2010 to 2018.
Resilience Strategies for Educators: Techniques for Self-Care and Peer Support is a training developed by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) TA Center in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students to assist educators to better understand resilience strategies that can be used to increase their ability to work more effectively with students impacted by stress, loss, and trauma brought on by community or family violence, natural and man-made disasters, and economic hardship.
Health Services Reference Guide – Kentucky Department of Education – The HSRG is a reference for school districts as they development district-specific policies, procedures and forms. It is the responsibility of the local school district to keep their health services policies, procedures and forms up to date per state and federal guidelines.
Student Health Services – Healthy Students are Better Learners – Kentucky Department of Education – The mission of the School Health Services team is to support districts as they support students with their health needs. We know that there is a critical link between health and learning and the role of schools to help improve the well-being of students.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YHMFA) is a free 6-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness. It explains the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention.