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Award of Excellence in School Health

Award Winners
Frequently asked questions
Application materials


The Northern Kentucky Health Department's 2014 - 2015 Award of Excellence in School Health cycle closed May 15, 2015.  

The Award of Excellence in School Health was created to recognize and celebrate schools in Northern Kentucky that have policies, programs, and the infrastructure to support and promote the concepts of Coordinated School Health. The goal of this award is to motivate and empower schools as they create and maintain a healthy school environment. The Health Department is looking for schools that successfully demonstrate a learning environment conducive to the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff.
Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Any elementary, middle or high school in Boone, Campbell Grant or Kenton Counties.  
What are the qualifications for the award?
Qualifications for an award are based upon criteria that have been developed to assess a school’s activities and accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Health education
  • Physical education and physical activity
  • Nutrition environment and service
  • Policy
  • Social & emotional climate and physical environment
  • Employee wellness
  • Family engagement and community involvement
  • Counseling, psychological & social services
  • Health services. 

From the criteria, a set of questions were developed. Each question has an associated point value which will determine which of the three recognition levels (bronze, silver or gold) a school has achieved. The point values vary by question. We encourage that the school be at bronze level in each category. However, it is possible for a school to get an award even if they have not achieved bronze level status in all nine of the areas as long as they have achieved gold level status in several of the other areas. In addition, a site visit to the schools will be conducted before the formal announcement of winners.

Award levels will be determined by using the point scale:

  • Gold: 230 to 250 points
  • Silver: 180 to 229 points
  • Bronze: 120 to 179 points

Schools that have received a previous Award of Excellence in School Health, please note: The goal of the Award of Excellence in School Health is to support schools in progressive improvement in school health measures. Therefore, if your school received an award in the 2012 - 2013 school year, your school will only be recognized with an award if you qualify for the next level of the award (i.e. bronze to silver; silver to gold).  Schools that merit awards will be rewarded monetarily (if applicable to their award level), with public recognition, and with a plaque and a banner for your school.
What will winning schools receive?
Schools who achieve one of the three award levels are eligible to receive the following:

  • Gold: Gift certificate (value $100) for physical activity or for school supplies, a plaque and a gold-level banner
  • Silver: Gift certificate (value $50) for physical activity or for school supplies, a plaque and a silver-level banner
  • Bronze: A plaque and a bronze-level banner

How will winning schools be recognized?
Winning schools will be notified and formally recognized at either a school or city event. Award recipients will be publicized in the Health Department’s employee newsletter, and on the Health Department’s website and social media accounts. In addition, an announcement about the award winners will be provided to the local media.

Application materials

How can my school apply? 
The 2014 - 2015 award cycle is now closed. Note: There were two applications, one for elementary and one for middle school/ high school. To view application criteria, please click the appropriate link for your school below:

What are the criteria?

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