Physical Health

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Physical health is the physical wellbeing of the school community and its members.

Environments that enhance student learning require attention to the physical health and safety needs of the entire school community. Research demonstrates that academic achievement improves in schools where students are physically healthy and feel physically safe. Ultimately, a healthy school community is the foundation for a comprehensive high-quality education.

 

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School staff partaking in wellness programs

Offers best practices for school employee wellness programs in an effort to improve both employees' and students' well-being - including ideas for programs that can be implemented with limited resources.

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Offers the latest science on transmission risk, and the costs and benefits of opening schools during this time. Aids school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, wellbeing of students, teachers, other school staff, families, and communities to prepare educating students this fall.

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Tips to help plan for school, including in-person, virtual, and at-home learning. Outlines

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Assists parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school. Documents information on COVID-19 and why safely reopening schools is so critical.

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Guides principles and mitigation strategies to use when school is open. Includes considerations meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which schools must comply.

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Clarifies appropriate mitigation strategies based on level of community transmission of COVID-19 and presence of COVID-19 cases within the school. Provides guidance for when confirmed cases have entered a school, regardless of the level of community transmission.

Student embracing younger sibling

Examines how children across the United States were faring before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Identifies multi-year trends comparing statistics from 2010 to 2018 and utilizes this information to help shape policymakers, researchers, and advocates' work to build stronger futures for children, families, and communities.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Healthy foods

Provides in-depth knowledge to help adolescents develop healthy behaviors and reinforce healthy habits. Additionally, provides recommendations for how adults can help teens learn to make healthy food choices.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Graphic of a spray bottle including information on inhalants

Highlights dangerous results of inhalants and informs teens with steps they can take to rise above the influence of this harmful solvent or other material.

Graphic of a blood droplet.

Includes information about how HIV is spread and suggests strategies to prevent transmission.

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