The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH), will improve the health and academic achievement of Kentucky students. A comprehensive approach will be used to provide leadership, service and support for engaging and equipping districts to implement Kentucky’s Consolidated State Plan. This new state accountability plan provides a unique opportunity because of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve student health and academic achievement through school health policies, practices and programs addressing nutrition environment, physical activity and management of chronic health conditions. Strategies within this funding opportunity will consist of enhancing infrastructure, providing professional development and training and technical assistance to support implementation of the state plan.
This funding opportunity will support our work to improve student health through increasing access to nutritious foods and beverages, increasing opportunities for student participation in daily physical education and physical activity, and increasing access to case management services for students with chronic health conditions. Through aligning the work of this CDC cooperative agreement to meet the aforementioned strategies KDE will address the implementation of evidence-based strategies and activities to prevent obesity and reduce the risk of chronic conditions.
The state plan establishes educational accountability measures on the whole child including chronic absenteeism, health education and physical education. By prioritizing education accountability measures, LEA’s will align school and district improvement plans to include whole child expectations. Improvement on these measures will be tracked through School Health Profiles, the Kentucky Student Information System (KSIS), and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Measures tracked within this data will report improvement on the following:
¿ Percent of Schools that provide case management for students with chronic conditions.
¿ Percent of schools that do not sell less health foods and beverages and that have established, implemented, or evaluated a CSPAP.
¿ Percent of students who eat vegetables 3 or more times per day, eat fruit or drink 100% fruit juices two or more times per day and participate in 60 minutes of daily physical activity.