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November 9, 2023

School Nurse Burnout, Mental Health, and Well-Being

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact and changed the work of school nurses. The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) article, Burnout and Mental Health and Well-Being of School Nurses After the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A National Cross-Sectional Survey, aimed to examine the associations between job…

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November 9, 2023

MO DESE Selected as 1 of the Top 20 Candidates

CDC Healthy Schools is pleased to announce that 20 recipients have been awarded Fiscal Year 2023 funding through the “School-Based Interventions to Promote Equity and Improve Health, Academic Achievement, and Well-Being of Students” Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (CDC RFA-DP23-0002). The award is a five-year cooperative agreement to protect and improve the health and well-being of…

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November 9, 2023

Outdoor Education Toolkits

Winter activities can be lots of fun and a great learning experience! The Outdoor Education Toolkit for Grades 1 to 8 and the Outdoor Education Toolkit for Grades 9 to 12 include lessons, activities, and additional resources to support creating a culture of safety-mindedness before, during,…

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November 9, 2023

Online Map Will Help Families Locate Local Summer Food Programs

Teenager DeJuan Strickland created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay all school lunch debts owed by students at McCurdy Elementary School in Missouri’s Hazelwood School District. Strickland is a former student of the school and shared that it was difficult to not have access to school meals due…

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November 9, 2023

Student Taste Test Helps Shape Missouri School Menus

Woodridge Middle School students in Missouri’s Northwest School District recently were invited to sample school meal offerings from vendors during the “Flavor Fest Taste Test.” During the event, students were asked to weigh in on the samples of offerings such as chili-lime watermelon raisins, garlic Parmesan boneless wings and chocolate…

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November 9, 2023

Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten

USDA Team Nutrition is pleased to announce new and updated Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for Kindergarten resources. Schools and parents can now access the fun and inquiry-based MyPlate nutrition education resources designed specifically for kindergarten-aged children. Team Nutrition has expanded the set to include additional foods, Spanish- language components, and…

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We’ve had such tremendous growth in the building of connections to really support the whole child, getting all aspects of the school district on the same page, and having that common model to support every child.
Amy Ruzicka Bayless Schools Superintendent Discusses Bayless Schools 5-year journey leading to growth in school and staff wellness initiatives, incorporating the WSCC model, and expansion in after-school activities.