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Feb. 3, 2015, Issue 27


A California parent and his lawyer have agreed to a settlement with dozens of districts across the state that will force elementary schools to prove they are providing at least the minimum amount of physical education required by state law.


"We think it's a huge accomplishment and it's going to benefit public health in California," said attorney Donald Driscoll of Albany. 


Driscoll represents Alameda parent Marc Babin and the advocacy group Cal200 in a 2013 lawsuit that alleges 37 school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, the largest district in the state, are out of compliance with state physical education law.


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The largest outbreak of measles in California in years is prompting school officials to redouble their efforts to convince parents to vaccinate their children.

Sheri Coburn, the president-elect of the California School Nurses Organization, said the push for immunization is "one positive thing" to come from the rash of cases - now at 92 statewide - of the highly contagious and sometimes serious illness. The majority of cases are linked to exposure to the measles virus at two Disney theme parks.

Babies weighing less than 3.3 pounds at birth are at risk for a variety of neurological and developmental problems in childhood, yet 20 percent of these babies were not referred to California's High Risk Infant Follow Up program, according to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine.

School Climate and Discipline

Nearly every school district says it wants to reduce student suspensions, but only some have created plans with the kind of detail, funding and statistical savvy that make it more likely they'll succeed, according to a new report that analyzed plans to improve "school climate" in the 50 largest school districts in California.


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Stockton Unified School District reported a 50 percent decline in the number of students expelled  in 2013-14 compared to the year before. Declines in expulsions were also reported by Lincoln Unified School District and Manteca Unified School District, while districts in Tracy and Lodi reported increases.

Stockton Unified credits the drop in expulsions to improvement in "school climate," which is generally defined as how connected and supported students and staff feel. Specifically, the school climate improvement was strengthened by the use of a framework of interventions known as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, the Stockton Record reported.
Anaheim City School District campuses began serving weekday supper to the elementary students in the after-school program this year. The district is part of 319 organizations, including school districts, providing after-school meals as of September, according to the California Department of Education, the Orange County Register reported.
The School Nutrition Association is calling for an increase in meal reimbursements in the federal school lunch program and a reduction in whole-grain requirements, as Congress prepares to revisit school lunch requirements. The current law, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2015.

Other Student Health and Wellness News

By Winnie Hu and Jonah Bromwich, New York Times

California ranks dead last in spending on diabetes prevention
By Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News

By Howard Fendrich and Eddie Pells, Associated Press
Upcoming Webinars and Conference

Social-emotional learning, behavioral assessments, school health care

The Committee for Children, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that promotes the teaching of social and emotional skills in school, is hosting a free webinar about the curriculum known as Second Step.
  • "Second Step K-5 Programs: Social-Emotional Skills for Elementary Students"
  • Wed., Feb. 4, 11 a.m. PT
  •  Register here.
The California School-Based Health Alliance, the statewide nonprofit, will host a webinar about conducting behavioral health needs assessments. The webinar will be led by the Center for Healthy Schools and Communities.
  • "Conducting Districtwide Behavioral Needs Assessments" 
  • Tues., Feb. 17,10 a.m.  PT
  •  Register here.

Early registration is open for "Advancing Equity in Education & Health Care,"  a conference hosted by the 

California School-Based Health Alliance. Keynote by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego. The discount rate ends Feb. 27.
  • "Advancing Equity in Education & Health Care"
  • April 30- May 1
  • San Diego
  • Register here.
Recent Editions of the EdHealth Newsletter

EdHealth Newsletter Issue 26: Suspensions harm 'well-behaved' kids, study finds
EdHealth Newsletter Issue 25: State fights lawsuit over instructional time
EdHealth Newsletter Issue 24: From eye screening to eye glasses: bridging the gap
EdHealth Newsletter Issue 23: Effective school discipline network launches
EdHealth Newsletter Issue 22: Districts ordered to use millions in unspent school lunch funds

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