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.