Coordinated School Health
The Coordinated School Health mission is to promote health initiatives that connect good health practices of staff and students with academic achievement and lifelong wellness. Thank you for joining us in the trek toward positive educational and health outcomes in the Maryville City Schools! To learn more about the statewide program, link here.
Maryville City Schools
833 Lawrence Avenue
Blount BEneFITs is the Community Health Initiative action team committed to reducing childhood obesity and promoting physical activity. The team partners with local schools to create and implement wellness policies, promote awareness of healthy lifestyle choices across all generations and encourage businesses to establish wellness programs.
Through community collaborations, the team has provided leadership in addressing health concerns associated with an overweight population while focusing on the obesity epidemic in children and youth.
Community and Parent Involvement
The Coordinated School Health program is supported on three different levels:
Health Services Information:
- AED Procedure
- Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information
- Guidelines for Illnesses
- Head Lice
- Protocol for the Administration of an Opioid Antagonist
- Management of Students with Severe Allergic Reactions
- Medication Forms
- Meningococcal Disease Information
Health Screening Information:
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
On behalf of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), Maryville City Schools has been invited to participate in the Tennessee Together Student Survey. The Tennessee Together Student Survey is funded through Governor Haslam’s TN Together initiative, which is focused on addressing the opioid epidemic in Tennessee. Results from the student survey will be used to assess the extent of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use and prescription drug misuse among students in Tennessee and to evaluate the impact of prevention efforts aimed at reducing substance use.
Maryville Junior High: 8th grade Health Classes, October 29-November 1
Maryville High: 10th and 12th grade Activity Period, November 14th
The survey will be administered to students electronically in grades 8, 10, and 12. Survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy by allowing for anonymous participation. Your student will not put his/her name on the survey and will not be required to answer any question he/she deems sensitive. Participation by your student is strictly voluntary. A copy of the Tennessee Together Survey is available in the MHS student services office and the MJHS office as well as here. For frequently asked questions, click here.
f you do not want your student to participate in the survey, at Maryville Junior High please notify your student’s Health teacher in writing by October 26, 2018.
If you do not want your student to participate in the survey, at Maryville High please notify your student’s homeroom teacher in writing by November 1, 2018.
MCS RESPONSE TO CONCERNS ABOUT A POSSIBLE PANDEMIC AFFECTING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
As standard practice in response to seasonal viruses (such as influenza), staff in the Maryville City Schools regularly work within the school community on preventive strategies such as washing hands and covering coughs. Environmental strategies include surface and object cleaning to remove germs. School administrators also monitor absences and regularly communicate with community health agencies and district administrators. Students and staff are always asked to stay at home to recover from confirmed cases of flu – helping to limit the virus from spreading to classmates and district employees. Other strategies include temporary school closures and cancellation of after-school activities as needed.
A pandemic occurs when a new virus that is different from seasonal flu emerges and spreads quickly, causing illness worldwide. In such cases, it may take months for a vaccine to become available. For most communities, the nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) noted above for seasonal flu are recommended as a first defense – helping to slow the spread of the new virus.
In the event our community is quickly overrun with cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is possible that the CDC and other authorities could declare a public health emergency and recommend that all schools close. Students and staff would only return to the school setting after the risk of infection was minimized. The time period in which students would be asked to stay at home for their own health and safety could be relatively short or as long as weeks or months. As a technology-enabled school district in a 1:1 student-to-device environment, our plan is to offer uninterrupted teaching and learning for all students during a possible pandemic. In grades 4 through 12, instruction could easily be delivered to the desktop of each student via our learning management platform (Canvas). In grades K-3 where devices are issued to students for use in the classroom, instructional strategies would be varied and might include take-home packets, use of numerous online services and reading sites, as well as the option to borrow a device for home use where necessary.
As part of our overall safety and security plan, parents and guardians can expect to receive regular communication from the district or school – before, during, and after any crisis. In addition to email, voicemail, and SMS (text) messages, families will receive information via our websites, on social media, and through traditional communication channels such as television and print media. We always encourage parents/guardians to keep contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, up-to-date by contacting the school immediately with any changes or corrections. Having accurate contact data allows us to keep in touch and share important information with all families as quickly as possible.
Any questions regarding our planned response to a pandemic should be directed to Dr. Heather Ledbetter, Coordinated School Health, at (865) 982-7121 or Sharon Anglim (District Communications) at the same number. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.