CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter- It’s Time for a Safe Transition Back to School
October 27, 2021
Welcome to CAN’s Health & Wellness Newsletter! In the third installment of our revamped Newsletter, we will continue to share content surrounding the Whole Child Health and Wellness Vision as well as other approaches that prioritize the cumulative wellness of students in our Expanded Learning programs. As schools navigate the fall school year and new funding opportunities in California to support young people, operating safely is a priority, for all students and educators.
Feeling physically and emotionally safe in school and OST program environments is an element of Whole Child Health and Wellness in education. “When we promote Whold Child health, with Multi-sector coalitions, including California’s Expanded Learning Programs, we have the capacity to realize positive and equitable health and wellness outcomes for whole children, whole families, and whole communities RESULTING IN: Every child being well known, well cared for, and well prepared to thrive.”
This newsletter includes a variety of resources to support Whole Child Health and Wellness, including resources on Nutrition and Mental Wellness, Upcoming Events, and additional resources. Additionally, below is a helpful Q & A Resource from EdSource that includes practices for safe transitions back to school.
Thank you for all you continue to do to create conditions for young people to thrive!
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The CDC has created a ready-made resource about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). According to the CDC, Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) and are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education, job opportunities, and earning potential. However, ACEs can be prevented.
Child Trends posted findings on secondary schools mental health services from data gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2018 School Health Profiles. They found that in 35 states and DC reported over 50% of secondary schools facilitated mental services with those who had experienced with LGBTQ youth.
The Learning Policy Institute released a brief on multilayered mitigation examples for school reopenings in the state of California. Their preliminary research highlights important models and practices to ensure that learning can continue effectively to keep schools open and students, staff, and their families safe.
The National Academies will be holding a Spanish language demonstration of the tools for parents and educators. The event is linked below.
The Learning Policy Institute has released a list of resources that outline Community Schools’ approaches to Whole Child Learning. Utilizing the thousands of community schools in the United States to advance equity and support student well-being, is an effective strategy.