The Kentucky Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health (CSH) team had a very busy summer conducting four school-level wellness trainings and eight district wellness policy trainings across the state.
The school-level trainings were developed using state data collected from the Healthy Schools Program Assessment through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The trainings focused on
- using data to drive instruction and school improvement;
- promoting staff wellness through the Go365 program;
- promoting best practices for school recess;
- utilizing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model as part of a well-rounded education; and
- analyzing the current health education and physical education curriculum.
The district wellness policy trainings focused on a new guide for local wellness policies developed specifically for Kentucky school districts, as well as reviewing the new Kentucky School Boards Association’s district wellness policy.
Along with trainings, the CSH team also has been facilitating two groups – the Revision and Development Committee and Advisory Panels – of teacher and professionals from around the state that are revising the current health education and physical education standards. The process began with a public comment period on the current standards in June and July. Revisions are being drafted and will be posted again for public comment within the next few month. Stay tuned for more standards revision updates.