What Is Coordinated School Health?
Coordinated school health can positively affect student academic achievement and empower students with the knowledge, skills, and judgment essential to help them make healthy and responsible choices in life. The coordinated approach to school health improves students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together. Research shows that by coordinating school programs, schools can
- reduce absenteeism,
- reduce classroom behavior problems,
- improve classroom performance, and
- better prepare students to be productive members of their communities.
A coordinated approach recognizes that healthy kids make better students, and better students make healthy communities. Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to using Wisconsin’s Framework for Comprehensive School Health Programs. A detailed explanation can be found on the CDC website.
What Is a Coordinated School Health Team?
The MPS coordinated school health teams meet to review needs and develop plans to support students. Members of the coordinated school health teams include an administrator, guidance counselor, school psychologist, social worker, physical education teacher, school nurse, school engineer, food service manager/director, health teacher or other health services provider, student (where age-appropriate), community partner representative, parent/guardian, student support staff, and those who are involved in other Wellness and Prevention Office programs.
MPS Implementation of Coordinated School Health
Every school completes an annual needs assessment and sets goals for the next school year. You can see school information by following the link below. Click “View SSA.” Select the “School” and the year for the “Plan Period.” Then select the “Wellness” tab to see the needs assessment, goals, and strategies for that school.
Read the School Student Wellness assessment and goals on the SIP/SSA website