Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Pasco Schools Wins Gold!

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (October 2, 2018) – Pasco County Schools is a Florida Healthy School District Gold award level winner for the first time.
Penny Taylor, director of the Florida Department of Education Office of Healthy Schools and an executive committee member of Florida Action for Healthy Kids, presented Superintendent Kurt Browning and members of the Pasco County School Board with the Florida Healthy School District GOLD flag at this morning’s school board meeting.  The district will hold the Gold award designation through 2020.

“The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation applaud your district for establishing a culture and climate in which students and staff can reach their personal potential and for continuing to serve as a leader in the state in reducing and eliminating the barriers to learning, resulting in increased academic achievement,” said Ms. Taylor.

After accepting the banner, Superintendent Browning thanked the members of the district’s School Health Advisory Committee (see video), which provides advocacy for school health and identifies needs and opportunities to maximize community resources.  The committee advises the Board on health education and initiated the district’s no-smoking policy, among other initiatives.

Pasco County Schools earned the Silver award in 2016, and has been recognized as a Florida Healthy School District consistently since 2012.

To earn the Gold award, the district demonstrated high scores in all areas, as follows:

94% Healthy School Environment
93% Employee Wellness
90% Health Services
86% District Infrastructure
84% Physical Education
82% Counseling Psychological and Social Services
80% Health Education

The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools is a grassroots partnership whose members represent not-for-profits such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation; professional  associations of hospitals, dentists, pediatricians, family practitioners, optometrists; school nurses, health educators, and physical educators; insurers, Florida PTA, and other advocates.  The primary purpose of the Partnership is to inform advocacy for school health issues and recognize excellence among Florida school districts.

Photo ID:  Superintendent Kurt Browning, Julie Hedine, Vicki Papaemanuel, Jeannine Welch, Donna Mullens, Amy Ponce, Penny Taylor, Lea Mitchell, Lisa Kern, Melissa Musselwhite, Mark Fox, Linda Cobbe, and School Board Chair Cynthia Armstrong.