RSU 1 received a grant in July, 2011 to begin a Coordinated School Health Program. The grant is funded from tobacco settlement money, but overseen through the ME Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant encompasses the eight components listed below:
8 Components of Coordinated School Health:
1.School Climate: a school atmosphere supported by programs and policies that nurture positive behavior, assure safety, and promote a feeling of belonging and respect for all students, staff and families.
2. School Counseling, Physical and Behavioral Health Services: Physical health and behavioral health services that meet the needs of all students.
3. Comprehensive School Health Education: Pre-K through diploma health education curriculum and student assessment that is developmentally appropriate, sequential, and aligned with the Maine Learning Results.
4. Physical Environment: Safe and aesthetic physical structures, school grounds and transportation.
5. School-Site Health Promotion and Wellness: School-site health promotion programs that encourage and support staff in pursuing healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
6. Physical Education and Physical Activity: Physical Education classes that promote physical fitness, motor skills, social and personal interaction and life-long physical activity. Promoting increased physical activity for students during the school day.
7. Youth, Family and Community Involvement: Participation of these groups in policy and program development and integration of community providers with schools. Providing support for policy implementation.
8. School Nutrition and Food Services: A before, during and after school nutrition environment that promotes balanced and nutritious meals and snacks in the cafeteria, classroom and at school events.