Saturday, May 21, 2016

Franklin County School District recognized as Florida Healthy School District


The Franklin County School District has been recognized as a Florida Healthy School District at the Bronze level for the period of May 2016 through April 2018 based on submission of the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment.

The self-assessment tool is based on sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. It was developed by the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP) out of a desire to recognize and celebrate the hard work and success of school districts related to physical, mental and social health of students and staff. The assessment was written by school experts, evaluated, piloted and field tested for three years before being released in 2009.

Since 2009 CSHP, in partnership with Florida Action for Healthy Kids (FLAFHK), Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation has recognized 47 districts for establishing a culture and climate that embraces the Coordinated School Health approach to reduce and eliminate barriers to learning and support academic achievement.

Franklin County School District demonstrated its highest scores related to policies and processes in the following areas:

District Infrastructure (60%) A well-established district infrastructure indicates strong administrative and community support that leads to sustainability of health practices and policies.

Physical Education (87% highly commendable) Quality Physical Education provides the skills to become and remain physically active for a lifetime. Studies show that students who are physically active perform better academically.

Health Services (67%) Health Services remove health related barriers to attendance, performance and academic success.

Counseling Psychological and Social Services (83% highly commendable) Engagement and a feeling of being cared for are vital to attendance, retention, performance and ultimately graduation.

Franklin County School Superintendent Nina Marks will be recognized by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents at their annual conference for being on the forefront of ensuring healthy Franklin County students.  The district will also receive a full-size Florida Healthy School District flag that can be displayed at the district office or at the Franklin County School.