School District honored for meeting health needs of students, staff

The Osceola County School District was awarded a Silver Award by the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation for protecting the well being of students and staff.

In collaboration with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and as members of the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation officially announced the Osceola County School District as a Silver level award recipient.

This two-year award is granted to school districts that meet self-assessment tool requirements based on sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs and practices.

This achievement is based off high-quality healthy school teams, suicide prevention and trauma-informed care faculty training, school gardens and breakfast enhancement strategies, and exemplary Florida KidCare enrollment mechanisms and best practices.  

“It’s important that our school systems promote the social, emotional and physical well-being of students and staff, which requires dedication and maximizing resources to follow best practices,” said Jeff Dykes, interim chief executive officer of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.

By maximizing district resources, supporting academic achievement and removing barriers to learning, and committing to upholding health standards for students and staff, Osceola County has the honor of being included in the 49 school districts, representing 73 percent of all school districts in the state, that currently have the distinction of being honored for this initiative.  

This year, there was an emphasis on suicide prevention and trauma care that the school districts were scored on.

“This recognition serves as a reminder to our school districts that their efforts and coordination are greatly appreciated,” said Dykes. “By identifying and utilizing practices that improve our school districts overall health, Florida’s children will be better equipped for

academic success.”

About the Florida Healthy Kids  Corporation  

The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation is a nonprofit, public-private partnership created by the Florida Legislature to expand access to affordable, child-centered health insurance.

The Corporation administers Florida Healthy Kids (healthykids.org), a comprehensive health and dental insurance program for Florida children from age 5 through the end of age 18. The Corporation also provides marketing, customer services and administrative services for Florida  KidCare.