The Office of Coordinated School Health (OCSH) was established by the Tennessee Department of Education in February, 2001. The primary mission of the office is to improve student health outcomes as well as support the connection between good health practices, academic achievement, and lifetime wellness. OCSH partners with the Tennessee Department of Health - Office of School Health. With the passage of TCA 49-1-1002 in 2000, authorization and funding for CSH was established. State funding provided support for ten pilot sites. In 2006, Public Chapter 1001 - the Coordinated School Health Expansion and Physical Activity Law, established authority and funding ($15 million) to expand CSH statewide. Additional funding has been provided by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Coordinated School Health Program for the Gibson County Special School District (GCSSD) is in the nineteenth year of operation. Currently, the Coordinated School Health Program (CSH) is serving nine schools located throughout Gibson County. This program is based upon the integrated, eight component model for school health as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Mission of GCSSD Coordinated School Health is to provide a coordinated approach to school health initiatives that connect good health practices of staff, students and families with academic achievement and lifelong wellness.
It is our goal to institutionalize physical activity, nutrition initiatives, and health opportunities that focus on the eight-component model with teaching and learning everyday to help staff and students live healthier more productive lives.
Our vision is for this effort to be so seamless it becomes the way we live every day. Our belief is “healthy kids make better students”.
Education reforms have not succeeded in improving the performance of all students, particularly those who do not arrive at school ready to learn. Coordinated School Health encourages healthy lifestyles, provides needed supports to at-risk students, and helps to reduce the prevalence of health problems that impair academic success.
Benefits of CSH
- Improved nurse to student ratios
- Increased class time instead of being sent home for illness
- Reduced absenteeism
- Increased access to health care services
- Students acquired more information & skills for making healthy decisions for life
- Reduced absenteeism
- Fewer classroom behavior problems
- Improved academic performance
- Delayed onset of certain health risk behaviors
- Greater interest in healthy diets
- Increased participation in fitness activities
- Less smoking among students and staff
- Lower rates of teen pregnancy