Building a Healthy District


Introduction

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.

Eight Components of Coordinated School Health

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 27 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

Recognition Level*
District Name
District Strengths
Designation Period

Gold
Baker
District Infrastructure; Health Services; Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services; Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Gold
Brevard
District Infrastructure; Health Education; Health Services; Employee Wellness; Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

Gold
Lee
District Infrastructure; Health Services; Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness
2015-2017

Gold
Nassau
District Infrastructure; Nutrition Services and Education;  Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Gold
Orange
District Infrastructure; Health Services;  Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness
2015-2017

Gold
Osceola
Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Outreach
2015-2017

Gold
Palm Beach
District Infrastructure; Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Gold
Pinellas
District Infrastructure; Health Education; Healthy School Environment
2015-2017

Gold
Santa Rosa
District Infrastructure;  Healthy School Environment; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Gold
Sarasota
Physical Education; Health Services; Nutrition Services and Education; Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2015-2017

Silver
Alachua
Health Education; Health Services
2015-2017

Silver
Broward
District Infrastructure; Health Services; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Silver
Clay
Health Services; Healthy School Environment
2015-2017

Silver
Collier
Nutrition Services and Education; Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
2015-2017

Silver
Columbia
District Infrastructure; Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

Silver
DeSoto
Health Education; Health Services
2015-2017

Silver
Duval
District Infrastructure; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Silver
Escambia
Health Education; Healthy School Environment; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Silver
Flagler
District Infrastructure; Health Education
2015-2017

Silver
Hamilton
District Infrastructure; Physical Education; Healthy School Environment; Family and Community Involvement
2015-2017

Silver
Levy
District Infrastructure; Health Services; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Silver
Madison
Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services; Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

Silver
Manatee
Health Services; Nutrition Services and Education; Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

Silver
Okaloosa
Healthy School Environment Family and Community Involvement
2015-2017

Silver
Okeechobee
District Infrastructure; Health Education; Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

Silver
Pasco
Health Service; Employee Wellness; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Silver
Polk
Healthy School Environment; Employee Wellness
2014-2016

Silver
Putnam
Nutrition Services and Education; Health Education; Health Services
2015-2017

Silver
St. Johns
Physical Education; Healthy School Environment
2015-2017

Silver
St. Lucie
Health Service;  Healthy School Environment; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Bronze
Bay
Health Services; Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

Bronze
Gadsden
Physical Education
2015-2017

Bronze
Hernando
Employee Wellness
 

Bronze
Indian River
Healthy School Environment; Family and Community Involvement
2014-2016

Bronze
Volusia
Healthy School Environment
2014-2016

*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:

, Director, Office of Healthy Schools
Florida Department of Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9522