GCPS, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA), recognizes March 7-11, 2016, as National School Breakfast Week (NSBW).  Please join us in honoring “Wake up to School Breakfast,” this year’s theme for the celebration!

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School breakfast is an important component of the school day that can help students be ready to learn.  Studies have shown that students who participate in the School Breakfast Program have improved overall diet quality, including greater consumption of grains, fruits, and milk; improved academic performance; and improved attendance.  Increasing the number of students who eat a nutritious meal as part of the School Breakfast Program is an important step in improving the health of Virginia’s students, as well as their academic achievement.

GCPS School Nutrition Supervisor, Lisa Landrum, has partnered with the first lady, No Kid Hungry, Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Southeastern United Dairy Industry Associates, and others to promote school breakfast and provide resources and support to school divisions.  The Governor will issue a proclamation for School Breakfast Week. No Kid Hungry has developed a toolkit for NSBW 2016 which is provided as Attachment A to this memo.  Virginia Hunger Solutions will be releasing their 2016 Virginia School Breakfast Report during NSBW to share school breakfast program best practices and recognize top performing schools and school divisions in Virginia.  A Discover School Breakfast Tool Kit with additional resources is also available on the USDA Web site at:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/breakfast/toolkit/Default.htm.

Goochland’s Farm to School program continues to thrive! Here, a partnership between Chef Stephanie Charnes’ culinary arts students at Goochland Tech and nutrition staff at the secondary complex brings gourmet fall treats using locally-grown foods to students!

Begun in 2009 when nutrition supervisor, Lisa Landrum, had a vision for bringing more locally-grown produce and foods into school cafeterias, Farm to School has expanded. Once each week locally-grown foods comprise the entire menu in every school cafeteria. Local farmers come to teach students about the processes they use to develop healthier, organic foods as they’re served in the school cafeterias.

 

A Message from the Superintendent:

“Team Goochland,

We were notified by the health department that a teenager who was served at a facility in Goochland died from a possible case of bacterial meningitis. We were very sad to hear this tragic news and encourage everyone to keep the family in your thoughts.

Based on the information that we have received at this point, we have no reason to believe that any Goochland County Public Schools students have been in contact with this child. GCPS does not operate the facility where the child was served nor have any GCPS students attended this school in recent history.  Additionally, we do not believe the affected child was a permanent resident of Goochland County.

Because our students are not directly involved in this incident and we have no reason to believe that our students were in the vicinity of the affected child, we encourage any concerned parents or citizens to contact the Goochland County Health Department for further questions.

For contact information for the health department, please follow this link:

http://www.co.goochland.va.us/Departments/Departments(GZ)/HealthDepartment.aspx

If any of the information we have reported changes significantly, we will let you know as soon as possible.”

We are happy to share a link to this Student Health & Wellness Guide, developed by the communications team at OnlineColleges.net. Though it has been created with college students in mind, the information is appropriate for our older students as well.

Physical health and nutrition have a direct, profound impact on students’ school experience.

As we seek together to maximize the potential of all learners, let’s keep students’ health at the forefront!

National School Nurse Day is May 6, 2015.  We are honored to join the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, food allergies) than ever before.  The knowledge, assessment skills, and judgment of licensed professional school nurses help ensure the provision of quality health care to children.  School nurses take on a variety of roles every day.  For many children, the school nurse is the only health professional they may have access to on a regular basis.  This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems increase.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States.  On average, in a classroom of 30 children, three are likely to have asthma.  Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.  The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated four to six percent of children in the United States.

School nurses develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Healthcare Plans for these students. Please join us in celebrating these amazing professionals!