A healthy school is one that supports the well-being of students, faculty, and staff.
What You Should Do
- Promote healthy eating for students, staff, and visitors.
- Implement a comprehensive school physical activity program that includes physical education and physical activity.
- Develop and implement a strong school wellness policy.
- Make sure that all students meet Rhode Island's immunization requirements.
- Support your school's school-located flu vaccination clinic.
- Require a statement from children’s healthcare providers at enrollment indicating compliance with lead screening requirements (applicable to kindergarters and children in day care programs, preschools, and early childhood education programs).
- Assign and train someone to oversee asbestos activities and ensure compliance with regulations.
What We Do
- Work with school nurses and school districts to monitor diseases.
- Partner with schools to run school-located flu vaccination clinics.
- Sponsor the Rhode Island Diabetes Council whose members serve on committees tasked to address the issue of diabetes care in schools.
District Wellness Policies
All public schools in Rhode Island are required to have Health and Wellness subcommittees dedicated to the development of mandated District Wellness Policies.
District administrators should review and update their District Wellness Policies. Helpful policy assessment tools include:
Assess school-level policies and practices. The School Health Index is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.
Reports on immunization, lead exposure, and asthma
In October, 2013 the Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Education produced reports on the immunization rates, lead exposure rates, and asthma rates of students by school district. Reports were also produced for private schools. The immunization rates, lead exposure rates, and asthma rates of different districts can be compared in the district summary report.