Building a Healthy District
Healthy Schools provides support to districts to create healthy teaching and learning environments, which support healthy habits for students and staff. The Coordinated School Health (CSH) model is a system designed to connect health (physical, emotional, and social) with education. This coordinated approach employs the support of families, communities, and schools working together to improve student health and to increase learning capacity.
By definition all CSH components work together to improve the lives of students and their families. Although these components are listed separately, it is their continuous merging that allows CSH to have significant impact.
The CSH approach consists of eight major components:
- Health Education
- Physical Education
- Health Services
- Nutrition Services
- Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
- Healthy School Environment
- Employee Wellness
- Parent and Community Involvement
Effective policies and practices in the eight component areas of the CSH model lead to sustainability and success in the area of school health and wellness. Intra and interagency collaboration, school district administration leadership, School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs), and Healthy School Teams (on the school level) create an effective support system.
Many positive changes are occurring in Florida districts. Below you will find exciting information about Florida’s awarded healthy districts, the Healthy District Self-Assessment Tool, and the Healthy District Collaborative.
School Districts Recognized as Florida Healthy School Districts
The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, Florida Healthy Kids, Corporation, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Florida Association of District School Superintendents recognize the following 45 school districts as Florida Healthy School Districts. This recognition was determined by submission of the Florida Healthy District Self-Assessment and a score rating at the bronze, silver or gold level.
The Florida Healthy School Districts are districts that have made a high level commitment to meeting the health needs of students and staff in order to remove barriers to learning and maximize district resources.
The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment Tool that focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes.
Awarded Florida Healthy School Districts
- Gold: Alachua, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas
- Silver: Clay, DeSoto, Gadsden, Hamilton, Okaloosa, Putnam, St. Johns
- Bronze: Columbia, Dixie, Jackson, Marion
- Gold: Baker, Duval, Leon, Nassau, Palm Beach, Santa Rosa
- Silver: Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Escambia, Indian River, Monroe, Okeechobee, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie, Volusia
- Bronze: Bay, Bradford, Franklin, Lake, Madison, Manatee, Martin, Seminole, Sumter, Union
Congratulations to the 14 Gold, 17 Silver, and 14 Bronze Florida Healthy School Districts.*Refer to Self-Assessment Tool for award criteria.
The Healthy District Collaborative
School district policies and administrative support are essential to sustaining programs and activities that remove barriers to learning. A review of school wellness policies from around the state allowed Florida’s Coordinated School Health Program to identify school districts that have committed to using a coordinated school health (CSH) approach and to having a healthy school or wellness team in every school. Currently, over half of Florida’s school districts participate in the Healthy District Collaborative. Quarterly webinars, opportunities for district sharing best practices and challenges, and resources are provided to these districts as a priority.
To learn more about how to develop a healthy school district, visit the Florida Healthy Districts website.
Contact:Penny Taylor, Director, Office of Healthy Schools
Florida Department of Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400