- Why Coordinated School Health?
- Choose My Plate
- Thanks for Participating in the Tobacco Policy Project
- Required Immunizations for Children Entering School
- Register for AAHPERD’s Let’s Move in School Initiative

Why Coordinated School Health?

Healthy students learn better and therefore achieve academic success. There are many issues that affect student health and many partners who can positively affect the outcomes of these issues. SD Coordinated School Health (CSH) is collaboration between the Department of Education and the Department of Health developing partnerships and coordinating programming to improve the health, education, and well-being of the young people of South Dakota. Coordinated School Health is recommended by CDC as a strategy for improving students' health and learning in our nation’s schools. The link below outlines the rationale and goals for coordinated school health and provides a model framework for planning.

To learn more about Coordinated School Health click here.
To visit the South Dakota CSH web site click here.

Choose My Plate

ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

Go to ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.

Thanks for Participating in the Tobacco Policy Project

The Departments of Health and Education are working together to prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people. In addition to well-known health consequences, smoking can affect students’ attendance and academic performance in school. The cornerstone of a comprehensive effort to discourage tobacco use is the adoption and consistent enforcement of policies for a completely tobacco free school environment.

In order to determine the status of school tobacco policies in South Dakota and provide better assistance to schools, tobacco policies are being collected by South Dakota State University from each school district. These tobacco policies will be assessed using the checklist, and each district will receive a report summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of the policy. Technical assistance will be available to schools upon request. In addition, districts can apply for grant funding to support tobacco policy and prevention programs.

For more information on model tobacco policies for schools click here.

Required Immunizations for Children Entering School

Schools are required to follow SD State Law (SDCL 13-28-7.1) requiring any pupil entering school to be adequately immunized against certain childhood diseases. Schools should not admit any student who has not submitted acceptable evidence of having received, or of being in the process of receiving, the immunizations required by law.

When children are not up to date, it is the responsibility of the school to follow-up with the parents/guardians. Department of Education maintains the responsibility for follow-up with schools who do not submit records in a timely manner.

The Department of Health staff maintains responsibility for auditing the records that you submit. Allowing inadequately vaccinated children into a school system means that the school accepts the risk of potential liability should an inadequately vaccinated child become ill and infect others with a disease that the required vaccinations may have prevented.

Immunization Records can be submitted on one of two forms: 1) The School Immunization Certificate (dated 2/2011) OR the Patient Long Form printed from the SD Immunization Information System (SDIIS).

Click here for required immunizations needed for school entry.

Register for AAHPERD’s Let’s Move in School Initiative

Join thousands of physical education teachers across the country who are committed to increasing physical activity in their schools this year with www.letsmoveinschool.org.

First off - AAHPERD’s new, free online toolkit for physical education teachers will provide you with easy-to-use resources and activities every month that will help you educate your administrators, school board members, parents and colleagues about the importance of a comprehensive school physical activity program, with physical education as its foundation.


Each month you will find resources that are focused on a single theme, and include tips and resources for activating the school community as you work to create a culture of physical activity in which every student can become physically educated throughout the school day. Ideas include physical activity break ideas for all grade levels, a communication to parents, and news about upcoming events and webinars.

Click here to register for the first Let’s Move in School webinar: Implementing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. The webinar will be held Wednesday, September 14. You’ll benefit from examples and receive tips on how physical educators, parents, school administrators, and policymakers can get involved in bringing quality physical education and physical activity to schools through a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP).

Sept. 2011