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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Healthy Schools (Coordinated School Health)

Contact the Coordinated School Health Partnership

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Department of Education (FLDOE) have collaborated for over 20 years to promote implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach in all Florida Schools. CSH is an effective strategy to assist in the development and enhancement of state, district and school-based infrastructures that protect and maintain student and staff health and support academic achievement.

In 2013, the ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the CDC came together to develop the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The WSCC model builds upon the traditional CSH model to emphasize greater alignment between health and educational outcomes.

Ten Components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)

The ten components of the (WSCC) model, when looked at in a coordinated manner, have been shown to be highly effective in facilitating the creation of policies and environments that provide students and staff the opportunity to reach their personal potential by removing health related barriers to academic success.

  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
  • Social and Emotional Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Employee Wellness
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Physical Education Physical Activity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information about the WSCC model.

Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools

Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools is a grassroots, volunteer organization whose mission is to create Health literate and health practicing students and staff in all Florida schools.  Members represent professional associations, foundations, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, insurers, health and education. The partnership is committed to working together to improve the health of children, adolescents, and staff in Florida schools. Goals focus on advocacy, policy, partnership, access to health care for all children and educating stakeholders about school health and wellness issues.

*Note: The section below contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

Florida Healthy Schools Newsletter

The Florida Healthy Schools Newsletter is published quarterly to share information about programs and services in the State of Florida that support healthy schools. Effective school and community programs are highlighted, as well as state level policy changes. Archives of older newsletters are housed on the Healthy District website.

Building a Healthy School District

Florida Healthy District Training Website

The interactive training on this site will help you renew, refresh and reinvigorate your team's efforts to improve the health and wellness of students and staff in your district. The material is based on lessons learned and strategies developed as part of the 2011 Healthy School District Training - Using the Coordinated School Health (CSH) Approach. It provides an opportunity for district wellness policy committees and School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs) to create a solid foundation to implement CSH and enhance their wellness efforts.

This online training course offers quizzes and printable certificates for each training topic that is successfully completed. Each section is self-contained so that you may complete the training topics independent of each other. To complete all 4 sections will take approximately 1.5 - 3 hours depending on the user's level of understanding.

Tools and Resources for Building a Healthy School

Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment and Recognition

This self-assessment is based on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. The tool will help school districts assess existing policies and practices and guide them toward achieving the highest standards. Districts are encouraged to include school superintendents, school boards, school administrators, component area experts, parents, and the School Health Advisory Committee in the assessment process.

Submission of the completed self-assessment is the first step to being recognized as a Florida Healthy School District by the Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids.  Learn more about the Florida Healthy School District Awards at www.healthydistrict.com.

District School Health Advisory Committees (SHAC)

SHACs are required by Florida statute to contain membership from the eight component areas of Coordinated School Health, provide advocacy for school health and identify needs and opportunities to maximize community resources.

Florida School Health Advisory Committee Manual: This document is the Florida Department of Health approved guide to developing and conducting school health advisory committees.

School Employee Wellness Programs

Florida school districts are making tremendous strides toward creating healthy faculty and staff that are better able to educate our children, and reducing the burden of employee healthcare costs. The Florida School District Employee Wellness Partnership comprised of 30 school districts and three colleges that have employee wellness programs. The partnership created a guide to conducting and evaluating employee wellness in school districts.

School Health Data

The Florida Departments of Health, Education and Children and Families partner to administer four surveys of student behavior through the Florida Youth Survey (FYS) effort. These surveys include:

  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • Middle School Health Behavior Survey
  • Florida Youth Tobacco Survey
  • Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey

The FYS is administered annually in the spring semester to a random sample of Florida public middle and high school students. In odd numbered years it is administered to a statewide sample of youth, to be representative at the state level. In even numbered years the sample is selected to be representative at the county (i.e. school district) level, providing data for local prevention planning.