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Associations Make Back to School Healthy, Safe, and Easy

By / Aug 28, 2017 (kali9/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

As part of their mission, associations often find ways to give back to their communities. This fall, organizations are facilitating the transition back to school.

It’s that time of year again. The sun sets earlier, the weather begins to grow cooler, and the homework starts back up. As kids head back to school, these associations are working to ensure it remains a safe, healthy place for them to learn.

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In time for the new schoolyear, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has partnered with food service platform NutriStudents K-12 to improve school food options. By connecting schools with the NutriStudents K-12 management system, the partnership encourages schools to keep internal control over their food programs as well as helps them comply with federal nutrition guidelines, reduce costs and increase revenue for the school, and use staff time more efficiently.

“The nutritional well-being of a child is a critically important factor for how that child learns,” AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech said in a press release. “With billions of school lunches served over the course of a school year, we are pleased to partner with a food service program that is making a positive difference in school cafeterias across the country.”

Keep moving

Teachers covering all subjects can turn to their respective associations for resources and support in the classroom. SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is making sure physical-education teachers have what they need to be successful.

The group recently released a website dedicated to its 50 Million Strong by 2029 initiative, which seeks to promote children’s health and wellness through health and physical education. The site hosts professional development opportunities, health and activity challenges, and resources like the Teacher’s Toolbox.

“SHAPE America believes that health and physical literacy can be a life-changer for all children,” SHAPE America President Fran Cleland said in a statement. “It’s a simple but powerful belief that drives everything we do. We know teachers can have a significant impact on their students’ lives, and we’re proud to offer the resources they need to succeed.”

Ride safely

Kids will also have to get used to riding the bus again, and to help them stay safe while doing so, the National Association for Pupil Transportation has released a set of tips.

NAPT recommends children walk in groups or with parents to the bus stop and arrive five minutes before pickup time. Parents should make safety a priority by explaining to their kids how to stay safe while taking the bus—including how to behave while waiting at the stop, ride the bus without distracting the driver, and exit the bus, especially if it requires crossing the street.

Alex Beall

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