Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2019-2020 Coordinated School Health Quarterly Meeting Dates

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce the Coordinated School Health (CSH) quarterly meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year. The DESE in partnership, with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), provides professional development and resources to assist school personnel with addressing the needs of the whole child in the school setting. The Coordinated School Health Program and activities are supported with funding provided to the DESE through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention RFA-DP18-1801 Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Management of Chronic Disease grant funding. This program is designed to develop the capacity for school personnel to utilize a team approach to address today’s most relevant public health issues inhibiting academic achievement.

 The CSH meetings will highlight evidence-based tools and resources to assess and implement health strategies. Meeting topics will include areas, such as:

  • Incorporating Student Health into School Systems of Support, Student Success Plans, and the School Improvement planning process

  • Incorporating Nutrition and Physical Activity during the school day

  • Health and Physical Education Supports

  • Substance Abuse Prevention

  • School-based Mental Health Services & Resources

  • Threat Assessment tools for School Safety and School Climate


  • School-based Health Care Services & Resources

  • Family Engagement & Community Involvement Resources

  • Funding Sources for School Health Services

  • Decision-Making for Health/Personal Competency Skills

Participants may expect to gain information and resources from content experts. Each meeting will include hands-on activities to assess and plan for implementing the strategies learned. The CSH meetings are open to all Arkansas public school district personnel. District wellness committee chairs are strongly encouraged to attend.


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Who should Attend

August 28, 2019

Heifer Village

One World Ave., Little Rock, AR

Jo Luck Global Impact Room

Wellness Committees: School Health Index, Indistar, Nutrition Guidelines for Educators, Chronic Absenteeism and Student Health

Nurse, Teacher, Food Service Director, Wellness Chair, CSH Coordinator

November 6, 2019

Heifer Village

One World Ave., Little Rock, AR

Jo Luck Global Impact Room

Substance Abuse Risk Reduction Resources: Opioids, Vaping, and JUULs; G.U.I.D.E. for Life

Wellness Chair, CSH Coordinator, Administrator, Health Teachers/Coaches, Nurse, Counselor, School Resource Officer

February 5, 2020

Heifer Village

One World Ave., Little Rock, AR

Jo Luck Global Impact Room

Employee Wellness and the Importance of Self-Care

Wellness Chair; CSH Coordinator, Counselor and/or Mental Health provider, Human Resource Director,

May 6, 2020

Heifer Village

One World Ave., Little Rock, AR

Jo Luck Global Impact Room

Family and Community Engagement: Opportunities in the community to engage families for better health

Wellness Chair; CSH Coordinator, Parent Involvement Coordinator, After School Site Coordinator, Local Parks and Recreation Director


Meeting Times: 9:00-3:30

Registration: Participants will register for the August meeting online using the Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development Registration Portal of ESCWorks

Cost: No cost

What to Bring although it is not required, these events include hands-on activities and planning time. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or other smart device for maximum participation.

Lodging (If applicable): For the night prior to each quarterly meeting event date, a block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate for participants requiring lodging. Lodging reservations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to each event in order to ensure the state rate is available.

Hampton Inn

320 River Market Ave.

Little Rock, AR

Nightly Room Rate: $94.00 + Tax (Parking fee $9.00 per day + tax)

Phone: 501-244-0600

Reservation Block Title: Coordinated School Health (CSH)

August Booking Link:

A draft meeting agenda is attached to this Commissioner’s Memo. Participants will receive 6 hours of professional development for attending each quarterly meeting.

For questions regarding the Arkansas Coordinated School Health Program or other school health strategies, please contact the DESE School Health Services Office at 501-683-3604.

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