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Phase I - Current District Level 2014-2015Goals
Comprehensive School Health EducationMichigan Health curriculum is used in Health Education classrooms. Nutritional instruction provided for all students. Health and P.E. curricula integrated. Technology incorporated into teaching strategies (blogs, Twitter). Increase Health Education support in classrooms. Offer CPR training to grades 11 and 12 students.
Physical EducationFitness Center opened and utilized by students and staff. Classes are taught by grade level with increasing emphasis upon self-directed goal setting for personal health. Staffing was increased at middle school level. Fitness calendar sent home to increase family involvement.Expand traditional PE model by integrating academics into Fitness curriculum. Offer Project Adventure at Middle School level. Expand afterschool physical activities for all students.
Nutrition ServicesThe district follows USDA and Massachusetts Guidelines based upon Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Elementary schools have been certified as Healthier US Schools. NutriKids software support integrated into Foodservice Department and NutriKids database is updated monthly by a Nutrition Specialist. Staff professional development is ongoing. Nutrition staffs are members of the MA School Nutrition Association. The district adheres to federal and state regulations concerning competitive foods, only selling A list competitive food items.Nutrition facts binders provided for all School nurse's offices. Monthly nutrition facts for all meals available on school lunch website.Gain more support from all schools on adhering to competitive food regulations by reducing confusion on district-level policies around foods sold outside of the USDA meals. Establish an optional mechanism for schools to use healthier products (or non-food items) for their social gatherings with input and/or purchasing power of Nutrition Services. Establish a training schedule throughout the year for lunch program staff including wellness goals, childhood nutrition, food safety and job performance.
School Health ServicesAll MPS schools have access to full-time Registered Nurse with DESE certification. Health software (i-Health) is utilized by all nurses. Supervisor of Health Services appointed March 2014. School nurses provide resource support to teachers by identifying unique student health needs at school. Alternative schools have access to part-time nursing support. ESHS grants received for health service support. Examine nurse staffing patterns and maintain optimal nurse staffing coverage that meets the needs of students. Formalize Motivational Interviewing @ MHS by increasing the number of trained nursing staff. Institute monthly staff meetings for updates on student social/emotional and medical needs beginning at MHS. Formalize a program for professional development for teachers on health issues. Increase technology use in order to share health information with families.Collaborate with Nutrition Services to incorporate student allergy alerts into Foodservice database.
Counseling and Psychological servicesSocial-Emotional learning curriculum is being incorporated into classroom instruction. Positions have been added, including a Supervisor of Clinical Services, an adjustment counselor at the elementary level and a behavioral specialist. Guidance curriculum is in the process of being updated which includes collaboration with health education and their new social/emotional curriculum. All MPS students have access to Eliot Services for crisit intervention and community and home-based therapy. The high school adjustment counselors are working on creating workshops for teachers regarding mental health issues, and all support staff have access to Motivational Interviewing training, as well as CPI training. A group has been convened to review varied crisis intervention programs to ensure that Medford is providing effective training. Special Education is currently reviewing their evaluation process, which includes psychological assessments, home health assessments and FBAs. Finally, there is collaboration with community coalitions such as Medford Health Matters.Continue to provide current levels of counseling and psychological services at all levels and increase school-based services whenever possible. Continue to provide training for classroom teachers on identifying at-risk students, de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention to promote early identification and intervention for students with social-emotional needs as a way to help wtih the new discipline law that takes effect on July 1, 2014.Establish crisis teams and formalize school policy for crisit interventions and school safety. Develop a program for students with school phobia and refusal behaviors. School adjustment counselors and support staff to offer mental health workshops and/or evening events with parents and the community to bring awareness and prevention to the climate of school stress and pressure. Continue to engage with community groups to bring programs to Medford students. Faciliate communications with healthcare providers.
Healthy School EnvironmentMPS provides a healthy/safe environment through a variety of programs, policies, grants, and collaborations; including the Coordinated School Health Program, Grounds and Maintenance, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Grant, Medford Police Department, Middlesex Cty. Attorney General's Office, Project Alliance,NEMLEC, STARS, Medford Health Matters, Hallmark Health, Elliot Behavioral Health services, CPR/AED for staff and students, Medford Saving Lives, Medford Board of Health. Continue and expand staff professional development programming on Social-Emotional Learning. Medford HS facility improvements continue. Update emergency preparedness protocols and conduct regular drills. Continue to work with local and state organizations to prepare for emergency situations . Improve communication across disciplines to promote social-emotional well being. Explore grant funding to develop a secure website in order to improve communication between health care providers and school staff. Update medical releases.
Health Promotion for StaffMPS staff participates in workshops held annually to improve the health and safety of staff and students, including CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), Anaphylaxis and Ephrinephrine Administration, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), Drug Awareness and CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) training. Influenza vaccination clinic offered to staff through collaboration with Medford Board of Health. Formulate needs assessment to ensure professional staff development is meeting the health needs of staff. Develop programs for staff education about student health issues.
Family/ Community InvolvementHomefront Initiative adopted to engage parents and community in promoting academic success of students. Schools continue to implement Wellness Policy and collaborate with Boys' and Girls' Club to provide middle school programs. Substance Abuse Diversion Program, Walk to School, snow shoveling programs, Mayor's bicycle commission and health dining restaurant certification program implemented.Increase and maintain parent programs for school-aged children by reinvigorating the Homefrom Initiative. Increase communication with the community regarding school-based initiatives. Increase community collaboration to achieve an integrated approach to wellness for the school district, reduce community risk factors and increase community protective factors. Develop and implement Alateen and Brain Injury workshop.