Okaloosa County Recognized for Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff

The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids recently presented the Okaloosa County School District with a Silver Level Florida Healthy School District flag in recognition for efforts in promoting a healthy environment for students and staff.

“We applaud your district for establishing a culture and climate in which students and staff can reach their personal potential,” said Sue Kennedy, on behalf of the Florida Action for Healthy Kids Executive Board. “The Coordinated School Health approach your district has embraced is effective in reducing and eliminating the barriers to learning and supports academic achievement.”

Recognition is determined by submission of the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment. This self-assessment tool is based on sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes.

“Your school district demonstrated success in several areas,” said Kennedy. “Most noteworthy are Health Education, Healthy School Environment, and Family and Community Involvement.”

The Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids support and promote the efforts of the nineteen Florida Healthy School Districts with resources, technical assistance, and advocacy efforts.

“Thank you for being at the forefront of ensuring the future of a healthy Florida by creating health literate and health practicing students and staff,” said Kennedy.

Pictured above are Lois Handzo, Student Intervention Services Director and ESOL/ELL Coordinator, Stacie Smith, Okaloosa County School District Insurance Ombudsman, and Susan Kennedy, Florida Action for Healthy Kids Executive Board.