Schools are empowered to promote healthy and safe behaviors to its students alongside providing academic opportunities. With the underlying motto that ‘healthy students make better learners,’ schools continue to fall under the scope of public inquiries and expectations on ways they can improve the health of children and youth within their campuses. Improving student health and safety can
- Increase students’ capacity to learn
- Reduce absenteeism
- Improve physical fitness and mental alertness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2017 School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide is a tool to identify strengths and weaknesses of school policies and programs that promote health and safety and is helpful to assist in development of action plans to improve student health using a coordinated school health model.
Access to Care
- MO HealthNet – MO Department of Social Services
- Missouri Primary Care Association
- MPCH Community Health Centers
- Prenatal Substance Use Prevention
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Youth Alcohol and Drug Use - CDC
Opioid and Prescription Drug Prevention Education
FREE HARD COPIES (1 per district; multiple copies by request for large districts) of The Opioid and Prescription Drug Prevention Education Curriculum from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services/Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are NOW AVAILABLE. This K-12 drug use prevention curriculum, aligned with National and MO Standards, is designed to support local health education. The curriculum includes: lesson plans/outlines, presentation slides, activities, and handouts for each grade. The developmentally-appropriate lessons aim to build students' prevention skills and functional knowledge to make healthy choices about drugs and medicines throughout their lives. The curriculum, as well as other school/community opioid prevention resources, can also be found online at https://kwelker.wixsite.com/opioideducation.
SEE BELOW TO ORDER PRINT MATERIALS for the Opioid and Prescription Drug Prevention Education Curriculum, the Drug Facts Poster, and the Opioids Did You Know Card at no cost to school districts.
Children and Methamphetamine (Meth)
- Methamphetamines and Children: What Parents Need to Know – Nemours
- Missouri Highway Patrol- Meth Lab Statistics
- Nutrition Information (DHSS)
- CDC Nutrition Site
- DESE Wellness Resources
- Milk Matters Online Lesson Resources Available for Teachers
- Salad Bars in Schools
- USDA Team Nutrition
- We Can!
- DHSS Obesity Site and Links
- Fuel Up To Play 60
- CDC Childhood Overweight and Obesity Site
- DHSS Oral Health – Office of Dental Health
- CDC Children’s Oral Health
- Dental Screening Considerations for School Nurses During COVID-19 (NASN)
- Missouri Statewide Oral Health Programs
- The Key to Good Oral Health during COVID (ASTDD)