Coordinated School Health

Since 1987, the Coordinated School Health approach has been the blueprint for promoting healthy practices in a school setting. CSH programs have helped to establish policies and practices in states, districts and schools throughout the nation.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model expands on CSH. This evolution meets the need for greater emphasis on both the psychosocial and physical environment as well as the ever-increasing and growing roles that community agencies and families must play. This new model also addresses the need to engage students as active participants in their learning and health.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Components:

  • Health Education
  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Employee Wellness
  • Social and Emotional School Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Health Services
  • Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services
  • Community Involvement
  • Family Engagement
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity

Each year, principals complete a Coordinated School Health information report. Reports are searchable by campus through the Department of Research and Evaluation and include annual Fitnessgram results for the campus. Contact your campus CSH team for additional information about your school's program.

TAG Writing Competition

The TAG Writing Competition is open to all 3rd-8th grade students in AISD. Classroom or Physical Education Teachers may offer this opportunity to their students between February 7th and March 13th, 2020. Students who complete the writing task and a diagram of their game are eligible to win a $100 gift card from NIKE and be honored at both the Austin American Statesman Cap10K on April 5th AND at the Marathon Kids TAG! Level Up event on April 18th. One winner will be selected from each of the grades 3rd-8th. Teachers of those winners will receive a $50 NIKE gift card and a Camp Gladiator basket of swag! Finally, thanks to the Austin EdFund, one of the elementary winners and one of the middle school winners will be selected to receive a $250 sports equipment pack for that student’s school!

Please submit all entries as a scanned PDF and email to jason.schafer@austinisd.org. All entries are due by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5pm CST. Any entry received after that date and time will be discarded. All entries will be scored by at least three different judges from the AISD Health & PE or Humanities departments and our partners, Marathon Kids and Camp Gladiator. Winners will be notified by March 31, 2020.

Good luck and have fun playing and writing!

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to bring awareness to the risks and dangers of substance abuse. Starting Oct. 28, AISD will educate students, staff and the community about the effects of tobacco, alcohol, vaping and other drugs on our bodies and brains. If you would like to learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping, please view the staff training video: AISD E-Cigarette Awareness Training.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will participate in health and physical education lessons and activities that teach about substance use and abuse. In addition, schools will make daily announcements and students and staff can complete the Red Ribbon Week pledge. To sign the pledge, view the Red Ribbon materials and learn how to start a conversation about vaping with your child, please visit www.redribbon.org

Focus on Vaping

As part of Red Ribbon Week, all middle and high schools will educate students with the substance use curriculum: CATCH My Breath: E-Cigarette and JUUL Prevention. This program helps students to see through the myths and media hype about vaping so they can resist use of personal vape devices.

We hope that all our students and community will feel the full potential of being healthy and drug-free!