Healthy Hygiene Practices: COVID-19

Nebraska Healthy Schools Program

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Welcome Back!

The Nebraska Healthy Schools program aims to provide tools and resources to support the health and wellbeing of staff and students in out of schools programs across Nebraska.

The COVID-10 pandemic highlighted that schools are a key support system within communities across the state and play a critical role in supporting the wellbeing of staff and the whole child and staying healthy is at the core of that.

The plug and play resources provided in this newsletter are intended to support your district plans (whatever they may be) to provide evidence-based materials to decrease the spread of COVID-19 as you start the school year and train students and staff on recommended practices.

Out of School Time Road Map- Alliance for A Healthier Generation

The roadmap is aligned to the recently-refreshed National AfterSchool Association Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and includes tips to take action, trainings for staff, and resources to explore. In collaboration with CASEL, each roadmap also includes guidance on integrating social-emotional health into a healthier out-of-school time for kids.

Roadmap resource

Wear a Mask to Protect You and Your Friends - For Young Adults

Planning for In-Person Programming Checklist

CDC offers the following readiness and planning tool to share ways out of school time decision-makers can help protect students, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The education and training checklist elements will be of particular interest as you set up protocols for your program to mitigate COVID-19 risk. Click here for the checklist.

Launch Nebraska Resources

The Nebraska Department of Education has compiled resources and guidance for schools. The Supporting Considerations below are designed to assist in the preparation and implementation of strategies to ensure students, teachers, and staff stay safe as they return to school.
Resources for Schools and Families:

-Face Coverings, staying safe

-Social Distancing

-Hand Washing (multiple languages)

-Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign (CDC)

-COVID symptom checklist

-Minimize Risk

-Staying Safe with Sports

-Environmental Cleaning Efforts - Including School Buses

-Stop the Spread of COVID-19

-Family Educational Resource

The COVID-19 one-stop-shop resource document listed below allows you to identify key resources within a specific area of need and links you directly to multiple plug and play resources for that content area.

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CDC Clean Hands Campaign- multiple languages available

COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Videos

The CDC has created a suite of resources to help educate staff, students, and families about the best practices to stay healthy in a COVID world. Videos are available in multiple languages and can be found here.

Below are two examples of a video that could be shared with staff, students and families to ensure that we are all doing our part to stay healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19.

How to Clean and Disinfect Your Home if Someone has COVID-19
Social Distancing

The Nebraska Healthy Schools Program

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Healthy Schools program works collaboratively with Nebraska schools to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Our mission is to provide students with lifelong advantages built upon early, positive health behaviors that improve conditions for academic achievement. In partnership with school leaders, through support for schools by assisting to build health promotion infrastructure, knowledge and behaviors by providing professional development and technical assistance to school and out of school time professionals in the areas of;
1. Nutrition education, resources, and policy development;
3. Physical Education and physical activity supports; and
4. Health Services resources, supporting student health and chronic disease management