ODE and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) collaborate on the Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) initiative with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The major focus of CSHP is to help schools and communities integrate best practice wellness strategies into current initiatives in eight related areas: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling and psychological services, healthy school environment, healthy promotion for staff, and family/community involvement.
NEW! Parent Health Education Opinion Survey, May 2013
Results of 1,500 Ohio parents’ opinions on health education.
Healthy School Leadership Institute: 2012-2013
The Office of Family and Community Support (OFCS) would like to congratulate the following districts who were awarded grants to participate in the Healthy School Leadership Institute: Austintown, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Clearview, Fremont, Manchester, Mansfield, Maysville, Minerva, North Fork, Ridgemont, River View and Wellston.
The Office of Family and Community Support looks forward to working with each district to enhance the health and wellness of their students, school staff, schools and community to improve academic outcomes.
ODE, ODH and the HIV Advisory Group are working with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide effective HIV prevention strategies for Ohio students. The strategies will work within Ohio’s Shared Prevention Framework, which was developed by multiple state agencies to coordinate efforts that support Ohio youth and help improve their educational outcomes.
HIV Policy Toolkit Webinar
Obtain a brief overview of the magnitude of HIV/STIs among Ohio’s adolescents, rights of students and staff, responsibilities of the district, resources to develop a comprehensive HIV policy and elements of a high quality HIV prevention program.
School administrators, school nurses, counselors and social workers, curriculum directors, athletic directors, health/physical education teachers
Objectives for the HIV Policy Toolkit Webinar
- Understand the magnitude of HIV/AIDS/STIs for Ohio adolescents
- Identify the 10 policy guidelines of a comprehensive HIV policy
- Apply specific elements of the guidelines to their individual role in the school setting
- Access resources to develop a comprehensive HIV policy and HIV prevention education program
- Develop a comprehensive HIV policy
The webinar can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvRZE_eWHkM
Policy Guidelines to Address HIV/AIDS Prevention in Ohio Schools
The guidelines toolkit listed here address HIV/AIDS policy development. While HIV transmission in the school setting is unlikely, consideration of these guidelines will assist districts in developing a comprehensive HIV/AIDS policy that addresses the health and wellness of students and staff.
For general information on HIV prevention in Ohio schools, contact Jacqueline Sharpe, ODE Office for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, at (614) 387-2241, toll-free (877) 644-6338 or email@example.com.
Physical Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco-Use Prevention (PANT)
This project is a collaboration of ODE and ODH to improve health and education outcomes of young people. A component of the Coordinated School Health Program, PANT will focus on physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-use prevention.
In July 2011, the State Board of Education endorsed a 100 percent tobacco-free school campuses model policy. Through this action, the State Board is recommending that Ohio’s local education agencies consider adopting or adapting the policy to meet their local needs:
SB 210 – Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act
Ohio Senate Bill 210, known as the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, became law June 18, 2010. The law contains provisions to combat childhood obesity in the next several years by increasing students’ physical activity and ensuring access to healthy meals and beverages at school.
It also requires school districts, community schools, STEM schools, and chartered nonpublic schools to establish body mass index (BMI) and weight status category screening programs for students in kindergarten and grades 3,5 and 9. The Ohio Department of Education is required to issue an annual report on the compliance of school districts and schools with the BMI screening requirements. Districts must report aggregate BMI data to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) by June 1 each year. Information about student health also must be provided to students and their parents or guardians.
The links below outline provisions of the bill and also provide program guidance, help for communicating with parents, and a tool for districts or community schools that wish to file for a waiver of the BMI screening requirement this coming school year. To best understand when to use the various documents contained in these links, first review the link titled "BMI Screening Program -- Six Implementation Steps."
The law's most immediate requirement is for districts and schools to provide students and their parents or guardians with information about student health. Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, all city, exempted village, local and chartered nonpublic schools, community schools and district-owned and operated STEM schools must begin conducting body mass index (BMI) screenings each year for all students in kindergarten, third grade, fifth grade and ninth grade. Districts also must report aggregate BMI data to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) by June 1 each year. If they are unable to meet this requirement, they may submit a waiver.
To submit a waiver affidavit, email BMI.firstname.lastname@example.org or submit by mail to:
Ohio Department of Education
Office for Family and Community Support
25 S. Front St. MS 615
Columbus, OH 43215-43183
Daily Physical Activity Program: The law also charges the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) with developing a Daily Physical Activity (DPA) pilot program for Kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Ohio schools. The purpose of this project is to develop a sample or model K-12 daily physical activity pilot program to provide schools throughout Ohio with foundational physical activity guidance, knowledge and implementation strategies. The model pilot program will be comprised of age-appropriate, scoped and sequenced sets of activities along with sample programs that can be implemented, grades K-12.
For general Information on BMI screenings and the Daily Physical Activity pilot program, contact Dawn Ayres, ODE Office of Family and Community Support at email@example.com, or (614) 466-9271.
For more information on the Ohio Department of Health’s Coordinated School Health Program, visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/chss/ad_hlth/adhlth1.aspx.
Body Mass Index Screening Webinars
Due to technical difficulties, the two-part webinar series regarding Body Mass Index Screening is not available. The webinars will be re-recorded at a future date. Please refer to the presentations below for information at this time. Contact information for all of the presenters can be found within the presentations.
BMI Webinar Part 1
This webinar provides an overview of the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act and outlines the BMI requirements for schools. Information about BMI waiver submission is provided as well as BMI screening guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. Additionally, the BMI submission procedures are discussed along with guidance about how to use the data collection tools that can be found on the ODE and ODH websites. Finally, success stories from a large urban district, Columbus City Schools, and a smaller rural district, Olmstead Falls, are highlighted to identify barriers and obstacles these districts encountered and how they overcame them.
BMI Webinar Part 2
This follow up webinar also offers an overview of the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act but with an emphasis on the report card indicator, as mandated by the Ohio Revised Code section 3302.032, which will be in place for the 2012-2013 school year. Information supporting the connection between health and academics is presented. Additionally, the role of culture in school based BMI screening is examined. Lastly, the clinical implications of BMI are discussed by a pediatrician from the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—
•Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
•Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
•Alcohol and other drug use
•Unhealthy dietary behaviors
•Inadequate physical activity
YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.
YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments. To learn more about the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System click here.
CSHP Contact Information
Ohio Department of Education
Dawn Ayres, CSHP Coordinator
Phone: (614) 466-9271; toll-free: (877) 644-6338
Ohio Department of Health
Geri Lester, CSHP Consultant
Phone: (614) 728-2957