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 Whole School, Whole Community Whole Child (WSCC) 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 WSCC 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 the WSCC approach to have significant impact.
- Health Education
- Physical Education
- Health Services
- Nutrition Environment & Services
- Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
- Physical Environment
- Social & Emotional Climate
- Employee Wellness
- Family Engagement
- Community Involvement
Effective policies and practices in the ten component areas of the this 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 Partnership for Healthy Schools, Florida Healthy Kids, Corporation, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and Florida Association of District School Superintendents recognize the following 50 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: Broward, Duval, Leon, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Sarasota
- Silver: Baker, Bay, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Escambia, Flagler, Indian River, Madison, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, Polk, Santa Rosa, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia
- Bronze: Bradford, Franklin, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Seminole, Wakulla, Washington
- Gold: Alachua, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas
- Silver: Clay, DeSoto, Gadsden, Hamilton, Okaloosa, Putnam, St. Johns
- Bronze: Columbia, Dixie, Jackson, Marion
In addition to supporting this recognition, the Florida Departments of Education (FDOE) and Health (FDOH) jointly facilitate the Florida Healthy School District Collaborative to help strengthen WSCC infrastructure. The Collaborative is made up of the above awarded districts. FDOE and FDOH host a Healthy School District Collaborative quarterly webinar to provide opportunities for district sharing best practices and challenges, annual professional development, resources and technical assistance.
Contact:Penny Taylor, Director, Office of Healthy Schools
Florida Department of Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400