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Germs can spread quickly in schools. If your child is sick with a cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, they should stay home from school to avoid spreading germs that can make others sick. If your child has symptoms of #COVID19, such as fever, cough, or runny nose, get them tested as soon as you can. Consult their doctor if you have questions. #CDC #PublicHealth #Coronavirus
Youth were struggling with their mental health before the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for LGBTQ youth. When schools have LGBTQ-supportive policies and practices, all students experience less emotional distress, less violence and harassment, and less suicidal thoughts and behaviors. LGBTQ-inclusive schools help all students thrive. Learn more. #LGBTQ #HealthyYouth #MentalHealth #YouthMentalHealth
The number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing. How can schools help? By building strong bonds with youth. Learn how to create these protective relationships with students. #HealthyYouth #SchoolHealth #MentalHealth #YouthMentalHealth
Educators: We have tools you can use to help students thrive this school year. These classroom management tips can help you create positive classroom environments that strengthen school connectedness. Tap the link to learn more. #HealthyYouth
New CDC School Health Profiles 2020 data shows the incredible effort schools put forth to help students feel connected during the pandemic and what more needs to be done to support schools so they can help students thrive. This is the first routine assessment of school health programs released since the start of pandemic. The data gives valuable insight into schools at the height of pandemic closures. See the findings. #CDCProfiles #BackToSchool #HealthyYouth #SchoolHealth
Our Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool can help schools strengthen their health education curricula. Our new webinar series provides an overview of the tool and highlights recent updates to several topic areas. Watch the videos here. #HealthEd #HealthyYouth #HealthEducation
Adolescents are experiencing emotional distress worsened by the pandemic. But the pandemic hasn't affected all students equally. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer or questioning youth were far more likely to report poor mental health and were 5 times more likely to attempt suicide. This Pride Month, learn more about CDC’s findings and what schools can do to help students thrive. (Note: The ABES did not include “transgender” as a self-identification question) #HealthyYouth #PrideMonth #Pride
School connectedness is a powerful tool that supports youth mental health. Poor mental health and suicide attempts were less common among students who felt connected to people at school. Tap to learn more on CDC's Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey data. #HealthyYouth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
Building connections with young people can help protect their mental health. Adolescents who feel a sense of connection to school have better health outcomes. Click to learn more about building connections with youth. #HealthyYouth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #YouthVoices
All school staff—including teachers, principals, counselors, social workers, nurses, aides, librarians, coaches, nutrition personnel, and others—can have a positive influence on students’ lives. Find out how to help foster school connectedness. #HealthyYouth
School connectedness is the belief held by students that adults and school peers care about their learning and about them as individuals. Teachers can use various proven approaches to create positive classroom environments that strengthen school connectedness. Learn about these approaches by downloading CDC's classroom management tools. #TeacherTips #HealthyYouth
School nurses make a big difference in student health & academic achievement. They also help save money by preventing costly emergency room visits & parents from missing time at work to care for sick children. However, many schools across the United States do not have at least one full-time registered nurse. Tap the link to learn more about the important role school nurses & other health services staff play in the health & wellness of students.
School Administrators: School dental sealant programs are an effective way to reach millions of children and help prevent cavities. Ensuring students have these oral health services in school is important to help them stay healthy and ready to learn. Tap the link to learn five ways your school can help prevent cavities in students.
Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being. CDC recommends a school-wide approach to promoting physical activity. Implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program framework helps students be more physically active before, during, and after school. Tap the link to learn more about this framework and other resources. #CDCHealthySchools #kids
Research shows that students who eat healthy foods, are physically active, and manage their chronic health conditions perform better in school. Tap the link to learn more. #CDCHealthySchools #PhysicalActivity #PhysicalEducation #Exercise #PE #PEClass #HealthAndWellness #health #movement #wellness #wellbeing #ChildHealth #TeenHealth #HealthyKids #kids #student #school #SchoolMeals #HealthyMeals #HealthySnacks
Access to student health services in schools is critical. Data shows that students who can manage their chronic health conditions tend to perform better. Every school should have a registered nurse ready to assist all students with health concerns, including first aid and emergency care. Tap link to learn more. #CDCHealthySchools #HealthAndWellness #health #wellness #wellbeing #ChildHealth #TeenHealth #kids
DYK? Schools can implement policies and practices to offer nutritious and appealing foods and beverages, give consistent and accurate messages about good nutrition, and educate students on how to make healthy choices. Tap the link to learn more. #CDCHealthySchools #HealthAndWellness #health #movement #wellness #wellbeing #ChildHealth #TeenHealth #HealthyKids #kids #student #school #SchoolMeals #StudentHealth
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends children & adolescents get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. However, most students are not meeting this recommendation. Schools can provide an opportunity to help students be more physically active. Tap the link to learn more about how to increase physical activity before, during, & after school. #CDCHealthySchools #PhysicalActivity #PhysicalEducation
School Administrators: Increasing youth physical activity before, during, and after school can benefit a student’s health. A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program can help schools plan physical education and activities to help students reach this goal. Tap the link to learn more. #CDCHealthySchools #PhysicalActivity #PhysicalEducation #Exercise #PE #PEClass #HealthAndWellness #health #movement #wellness #wellbeing #ChildHealth #HealthyKids
School Administrators: Incorporating an employee wellness program can be simple. Even a single school staff member can organize a wellness program. Here are some tips to get you started. 1. Have mindfulness meditation breaks for staff and students during the school day. 2. Hold 5-minute mindfulness conference calls for staff. 3. Find and share stress management and mental health resources and information. Tap the link to get more tips.
Parents: Help slow the spread of #COVID19 at school. • Get kids 12+ fully vaccinated before school begins. • If your kids are not fully vaccinated, they should wear a mask indoors. In areas with high cases, they should wear a mask outdoors in crowded settings or during continuous close contact activities. • Remind kids to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. • Remind kids to tell an adult if they feel sick.