Arkansas Department of Education staff member Laura McDowell gave the State Board of Education at its meeting Monday an update on Arkansas’s Coordinated School Health program, which is federally funded with grant from Centers for Disease Control. The charge from the Centers for Disease Control is to improve students’ health by building capacity and partnerships at state level and providing a model for the local level.
McDowell said that in addition to the 42 districts participating in the program, nine Wellness Centers are being established in Dollarway, Fayettevile, Gurdon, Harrison, Lavaca, Lincoln, Paragould, Paris and Springdale school districts to implement the components of coordinated school health and provide support for students’ physical and mental health needs. If children are not healthy, they are not able to perform to their academic potential, McDowell said.
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