new mexico homeless initiative
new mexico afterschool alliance
youth risk and resiliency survey

Children and youth who begin each day as healthy individuals can learn more effectively and are more likely to complete their formal education. With family and community support, systemic change must occur in order to address students' barriers to learning such as health problems, lack of access to support services, poor peer relationships, and a negative environment among others.

The Healthier Schools New Mexico - Coordinated Approach, illustrated by the yucca plant, provides a programmatic framework for student learning. The focus is on the blossom, the healthy and successful student. The tap root is the family without which children cannot thrive and grow. The other roots represent the responsibilities that culture, education, public services, media, community, and businesses have in producing healthy, successful students. The root system is the nurturing network which supplies the resources and energy for the yucca to grow. The leaves, which represent the components of coordinated school health, symbolize the daily opportunities schools have to interact with children on health related issues, of which there are many.

 

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR PREVENTING YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE AND VIOLENCE - "BRIDGE GRANT"

In order to address the elimination of the federal Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) received a small planning grant.  The purpose of the grant is to develop a sustainable, prevention focused infrastructure that will build partnerships between state agencies (including the Single State-Agency for Substance Abuse Services), schools and community-based  organizations  to  continue  to  strengthen  schools  in  creating  safe  and  drug-free learning environments that promote academic achievement.

NMPED – School and Family Support Bureau is hosting five regional strategic planning sessions to develop a New Mexico Statewide Strategic Plan that addresses the prevention of youth substance and violence in the schools.  Below are documents related to the “Bridge Grant”:

 

Building Capacity for Preventing Youth Substance Use and Violence - Assessment Report Overiew

Bridge Grant - Description and Definitions

Strategic Planning Process and Assessment Results

"What Works?" - Evidence - Based Strategies

Bridge Grant Strategic Plan Indicators

Building Capacity for Preventing Youth Substance Use and Violence - Full Report (80 pages)

 

 

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth Conference

The Eight Components of Coordinated School Health

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Nutrition

Nutrition

The Nutrition component supports the availability of healthy food which is the primary building block for each child's physical growth, brain development, and ability to resist disease. Food also affects a child's emotions, sense of well-being and ability to learn.

Health Education

Health Education & Life Skills

Health Education and Life Skills, taught by a licensed health education specialist, is the school's instructional program that promotes the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to understand and practice concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

Physical Education

Physical Education & Activity

Physical Education, taught by a licensed physical education specialist, is the school's instructional program that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Staff Wellness

Staff Wellness

Staff Wellness promotes the health, safety, and well-being of school staff; provides the necessary support that maximizes the talents of all individuals; and creates an equitable, accessible, and productive work environment.

Family, School and Community Partnership

Family, School & Community Partnership

Family, School, and Community Partnership promotes long-term effective partnerships between families, schools, and communities in the planning and implementation of health promotion projects and events both within the school and throughout the community.

Healthy and Safe Environment

Healthy & Safe Environment

The Healthy and Safe Environment supports a positive schools climate that promotes personal growth, healthy interpersonal relationships, wellness, and freedom from discrimination and abuse within a healthy physical environment.

Social and Emotional Well-Being

Social & Emotional Well-Being

The Social and Emotional Well-Being supports a healthy school through programs and services that value the social and emotional well-being of students, families and staff.

Health Services

Health Services

The Health Services, staffed by qualified professional health care providers, provides a broad scope of services which address the physical and mental health needs of students and staff.


School Health Rules on Coordinated School Health

Wellness Policies

6.12.6 NMAC SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY:

6.29.1 NMAC STANDARDS FOR EXCELLENCE GENERAL PROVISIONS:

Homeless Education

6.10.3.6.E NMAC MCKINNEY-VENTO EDUCATION FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH ACT - COMPLAINT PROCEDURES:

Truancy

6.10.8 NMAC COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE:

Healthy Kids Make Better Students!

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Health Services Social & Emotional Well-Being Healthy & Safe Environment Family, School & Community Partnership Staff Wellness Health Education & Life Skills Physical Education & Actiity Nutrition