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School Health Index

Overview
Step-by-step instructions
Training manuals
Additional assistance

Overview
The School Health Index: Self-Assessment and Planning Guide is a tool that schools can utilize to promote health and safe behaviors among students. Schools are in an optimal position to provide young people with both knowledge and skills to promote lifelong health into adulthood. One of the fundamental roles of schools is to improve the lives of youth, via the following:

  • Increase students’ capacity to learn
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Improve physical fitness and mental alertness

This assessment tool was developed by the CDC in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies for the purpose of:

  • Enabling schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policies and programs
  • Enabling schools to develop an action plan for improving student health, which can be incorporated into the school improvement plan
  • Engaging teachers, parents, students and the community in promoting health-enhancing behaviors and better health

Step-by-step instructions
There are various ways to implement the School Health Index. Schools have developed many approaches to meet their school's needs. The key to performing a successful School Health Index is teamwork: this process should be a group effort. The process is strengthened by having input from individuals from various parts of the school community sit together and plan ways to work toward improving policies and programs for the school. Strong connections are developed among School Health Index participants, which is one of the most important outcomes of the process. Step-by-step instructions for how to assess your school.

Training manuals
Training manuals are provided that address training needs for elementary, middle and high schools. There are lengths of trainings that can be selected: a 30 minute pitch, half-day workshop or a full-day training. Users can select the most appropriate sections of the training manual and customize those components to best suit their needs. Download or view these manuals.

Additional assistance
Health Department staff are available to assist you with preparation for your School Health Index assessment. For additional assistance, please contact us at 859.341.4264.

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