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CNE: Health center an icebreaker for CNE campus, surrounding communities

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Clermont Northeastern |

Clermont Northeastern School District remodeled the high school’s home economics wing into the new Mercy Health Center at CNE.

Superintendent Michael Brandt spent much of his educational career in urban settings, including Cincinnati Public Schools and Newport City Schools, before taking over at CNE in 2015, said, “Coming here to a rural environment, I was startled by some of the challenges that people had here trying to find quality medical care, so having this new ability to treat students here and for the community to have something here is really vital.”

Fairfield teachers reinvent the classroom by teaching outside

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio


At Compass Elementary in Fairfield, language arts teacher Jerica Hinson has gone a step further to reinvent the classroom by walking her students out of class and into the fresh air.

“To get them learning outside, it just retains their attention so much better. They’re happier. They’re excited to learn,” Hinson said.

Growing Up Poor In America – in places like Ohio

/ frontpage, health/wellness, Ohio, social-justice


Hear from Shawn, 13 of The Plains (southeast Ohio), Kyah, 14 of Columbus, and Laikyen, 12 of Marietta in the Frontline documentary, “Growing Up Poor in America.” As the country also reckons with issues of race and racism, the children share their worries and hopes about their futures.

The documentary follows these three Ohio children and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies their struggle to stay afloat.

Through the eyes of children – “Growing Up Poor in America,” premiered September 8th, 2020 on PBS.

Farm-to-school program teaches students city farming

/ curriculum, health/wellness, SW Ohio


Students at James N. Gamble Montessori High School haven’t returned to the classroom just yet, but they are successfully making the shift to outdoor learning through agricultural sciences. Students in the farm-to-school program are learning the ways of farming in the middle of the city focusing on planting, harvesting and later eating crops like arugula, asparagus, mustard greens, rhubarb and more.

Mary Dudley runs the school’s food sciences program. She has her largest class ever this year. “I think of it as a social justice issue as students really need to know what they are eating, where food comes from and how they can contribute to a sustainable future,” Dudley said.

Rural Ohio school district telehealth project could be blueprint for region

/ health/wellness, Ohio, rural-ed, tech

Farm and Dairy |

A long commute is an inconvenience. But when you’re one of two behavioral health counselors for Switzerland of Ohio Local School District, with eight buildings spread across 536 square miles, it’s more than an inconvenience. It’s a serious hindrance to your work.

This year, the district has been the site for a telehealth pilot project that could be replicated by other school districts across the state. The project is increasing broadband infrastructure and other equipment and facilities so that counselors can meet with students in different buildings, virtually.

Lydia Brodegard, director of special education for Ohio Valley Educational Service Center, said the district is the largest geographical district in Ohio, covering all of Monroe County and parts of Belmont and Noble counties.

The project is connected to the Ohio Broadband Strategy and is a $1 million effort funded by Ohio Medicaid.

‘I’m Only 1 Person’: Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids

/ BigPicture, health/wellness


There are more than 4 million public, private and charter school teachers in the United States. The typical teacher is a woman in her early 40s.

Over the summer, NPR and Ipsos surveyed a national sample of teachers, and we found that about half had children under 18 at home. Of those, 57% agreed with the statement: “I cannot properly do my job from home while also taking care of my children.”

Child abuse reporting numbers fell, but now on the increase as school resumes

/ health/wellness, Ohio

Reporting of child abuse fell in Ohio as COVID kept kids from school

Columbus Dispatch |

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services received 78,706 reports of child abuse and neglect from March to August, down from 99,303 reports last year during the same time period.

“That’s not because child abuse and neglect was no longer happening,” said Lindsay Williams, executive director of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. “It was because children were no longer seeing teachers, school personnel, day care providers, coaches and those individuals that are ‘mandated reporters’ and would typically make those observations that would be indicators of potential concern and reporting those concerns.”

Child Abuse Calls Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels As Schools Restart


Whenever students return from summer break, social workers expect to see increased reports of possible child abuse. And this year some counties are approaching pre-pandemic levels already.

First-Ever Report Spotlights California, New Jersey, D.C. as Best in Nation for Creating Prenatal-to-3 Policies That Set Children Up to Excel in Early Education

74 Million |

Only California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have implemented all of the state policies that research shows contribute to young children’s health and well-being during their first three years, according to a comprehensive new “roadmap” released Tuesday.

The five state policies highlighted in the roadmap are: expanded income eligibility for health insurance, reduced barriers to applying for food stamps, paid family leave, a minimum wage of at least $10 and a refundable state earned income tax credit that is at least 10 percent of the federal one.

The report, which includes profiles of each state, also recommends six strategies to support young children’s readiness for school, including having a proven screening and referral program, supplementing federal funding for Early Head Start and having broad criteria for which children can access early intervention services. But the findings show that no state has implemented all of them.

As Schools Reopen Amid COVID-19, Teachers Worry About Their Mental Health


The increased stress began this spring, as schools closed and teachers had to adjust to online instruction. One study from Louisiana showed that the percentage of teachers with signs of depression nearly doubled.

Now, as teachers head back to the classroom, many are facing a growing list of stressors. They may be worried about keeping students socially distant — or keeping them engaged through an iPad.

Columbus Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Middle School Sex Education

/ curriculum, health/wellness, Ohio


Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced Thursday it received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will go towards their work in Columbus City Schools. The money will fund a three-year project called Get Real, targeted at 7th and 8th grade students.

Get Real will focus on teen pregnancy prevention in 12 middle schools, reaching 7,000 students.

The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide

/ BigPicture, health/wellness


At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed almost 10,000 Americans on their mental health. They found symptoms of anxiety and depression were up sharply across the board between March and June, compared with the same time the previous year. And young people seemed to be the hardest-hit of any group.

Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had “seriously considered” suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high.

Data collection for several studies on teen mental health during the pandemic is currently underway. And experts worry those studies will show a spike in suicide, because young people are increasingly cut off from peers and caring adults, because their futures are uncertain and because they are spending more time at home, where they are most likely to have access to lethal weapons.

The Benadryl challenge is the newest social media game which can be quite dangerous, and potentially fatal

/ BigPicture, health/wellness

Cincinnati Children’s |

The Benadryl challenge is something many kids first saw on the social media app TikTok. The “challenge” consists of young people being encouraged to take multiple doses of the medicine which can induce hallucinations.

Mason City Schools staff every school with mental health therapists

/ health/wellness, Solutions, SW Ohio


For the first time in the district’s history, each of the district’s school buildings will house a mental health therapist employed by Children’s Hospital.

“An effort or an emphasis on mental wellness is more important now than it’s ever been before,” said Superintendent Jonathan Cooper. “We have four buildings with 10,500 students and so we want to make sure that our students have access right there in the building to support them and our families have that access.”

Lebanon School District hires contact tracer

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, SW Ohio


The district spent federal CARES money to hire a nurse to only track and work with those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

“The cases that we had during the first week, we were able to do all of the contact tracing within two to three hours, and the health department has told us that it would take them two to three days to do that amount of contact tracing,” according to Superintendent Todd Yohey.

By quickly identifying students and staff members who may have been exposed, the district said it can help control new outbreaks before they’re able to grow.

Hundreds protest new student flu vaccine mandate at Massachusetts’ State House

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

Boston Herald |

Hundreds of parents and students gathered outside the Massachusetts’ State House on Sunday to protest Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate requiring children — even those attending classes remotely — to receive the flu vaccine if they want to return to school.

Earlier this month, state health officials announced all students 6 months and older will be required to get the flu vaccine by the end of the year, unless medically or religiously exempt. Baker said the mandate came about as a means to take pressure off health-care systems as the coronavirus pandemic extends into flu season, but the requirement will stay in place even after the pandemic ends.

Ohio Requiring School Districts To Establish COVID-19 Notification Systems

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, Ohio

Statehouse News Bureau |

The health order will require districts to establish a reporting mechanism so parents and guardians can tell a school if their child or a staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19. DeWine says an example could be something similar to an attendance phone line, which parents call to tell administrators their child will be absent.

Then the schools will be required to notify the local health department and the other families of that school within 48 hours.

Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis

/ BigPicture, health/wellness, Solutions

Hechinger Report |

More students are experiencing anxiety and depression, forcing schools to prioritize mental health needs over academic work.

“What’s happening right now is that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, are experiencing a potential stressor,” said Marisha Humphries, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a licensed clinical psychologist. “Schools appear to be very focused on academics and how do we combat summer slide, but I think the first priority has to be how are we going to support children’s social and emotional development. You cannot do effective instruction if children’s social and emotional needs aren’t met. It’s very hard to focus on algebra if you’re anxious or depressed.”

Fairfield Local joins lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

/ health/wellness, legal, SW Ohio

Hillsboro Times-Gazette |

Fairfield Local will join other Ohio school districts in a class action lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin. Participating in the lawsuit will not cost the district anything, but the lawsuit could help fund additional services for local students.

Nurses Are on the Virus Front Lines. But Many Schools Don’t Have One.

/ BigPicture, health/wellness

The New York Times |

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every school have a nurse on site. But before the outbreak, according to the National Association of School Nurses, a quarter of American schools did not have one at all. And there has been no national effort to provide districts with new resources for hiring them, although some states have tapped federal relief funds.

Tennessee Teachers Can Remain In Classrooms After Exposure To COVID, According to New Policy

Newsweek |

According to the Tennessean, several school districts across the state have deemed teachers as part of the “critical infrastructure,” the designation allows teachers to still come to work if they have either been exposed to the novel coronavirus or are living with someone that has tested positive. To come back to work, teachers must show no symptoms of the virus and are required to wear a mask.

A letter from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Education, notes that “any critical infrastructure designation by a school district is not being adopted pursuant to any State-endorsed framework or authority.” The letter also states that while anyone who tests positive for the virus should self-isolate for 10 days, school districts across the state “may adopt policies and choose to exempt certain staff,” and designate them as essential employees.

Trump Administration Declares Teachers Essential Workers, Says Can Stay In Class If Exposed To Covid-19

Forbes |

In adding teachers to its list of essential workers, which is only guidance and nonbinding, the government is advising teachers exposed to confirmed cases of Covid-19 but who are not exhibiting symptoms to remain at work and not quarantine.

How the pandemic exacerbates pressures on students experiencing homelessness

Michigan Public Radio |

Michigan already has the sixth highest rate of homeless students in the country, and many of those children rely on the consistency of walking into a physical building five days a week.

About one out of every twelve Michigan fifth graders experienced homelessness at some point during elementary school. Because of the pandemic, those kids are now cut off from their normal sources of support.

Federal court clears way for new Title IX K-12 rule, takes effect Friday

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Education Dive |

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday in favor of new Title IX rules requiring districts to significantly upend sexual harassment and assault reporting processes. The rules are set to take effect Friday.

The decision denied the request of 18 attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia for a preliminary injunction. It acknowledged while the concerns may be sound, the court’s role “is not to substitute its judgment for that of the [U.S. Department of Education]” and is not to ask “whether a regulatory decision is the best one possible or even whether it is better than the alternatives.”

Clermont Co. official thinks child abuse going unreported during pandemic

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O’Reilly said abuse cases are down nearly 50%. However, he thinks just because the case numbers are down means they aren’t being reported.

“Normally, you’ve got pediatricians, you’ve got teachers, you’ve got kind of that front line of defense of child abuse is recognizing it,” O’Reilly said. “What do you do when there’s not that front line?”

Ohio Agencies Look to Reduce Racial Bias in Child Welfare

/ health/wellness, Ohio

CityBeat |

Compared with their white peers, Black children are more likely to linger in foster care, less likely to find a permanent home and more likely to be placed in an institutional setting. Robin Reese, director at Lucas County Children Services, said they are focusing on prevention as they work to reduce disparities.

Local pediatrician weighs in on in-person K-12 classes this fall


Dr. Chris Peltier, featured in Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday coronavirus briefing, says sending children back to school in the fall is the best decision. 

Dr. Peltier is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel and has been for the last 21 years. He is also the president-elect of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently strongly recommended children return to class in the fall.

5 reasons to make sure recess doesn’t get short shrift when school resumes in person

The Conversation |

Children will return to school for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic upended everything, they will most likely spend less time on school grounds. And as educational leaders decide how to schedule elementary school students’ days, they see catching students up on math, English and other academic subjects as a top priority.

Helping students heal from the stress and trauma of what they have been through this spring is also essential. We are founding members of the Global Recess Alliance, an international group of health and education experts who came together in the pandemic to advocate for saving school recess.

Child Abuse Reports Down, But Advocates Say Abuse May Be More Prevalent

/ health/wellness, Ohio

Statehouse News Bureau |

Child abuse reports in Ohio were down by half in March – when schools were shut down – compared to a year ago. April’s reports were down 45% from a year ago, and reports of child abuse were down 36% in May compared to last year.

Kristi Burre heads the Office of Children Services Transformation at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and said families are struggling with isolation and economic stress – especially those who were already in poverty.

“There’s a recognition that for all of us, things have been a bit stressful, and the potential that many of our kids and families in communities across the state are at greater risk, and then that may of course lead to greater risk of child maltreatment,” Burre said.

Fairfield student survey shows drop in reported use of drugs and alcohol by teens

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The survey is conducted every other year by the Fairfield Prevention Coalition. It asks students if they used prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed to them, alcohol, tobacco or vaping, and marijuana in the previous 30 days of the survey, along with other questions.

The survey shows reported underage tobacco use is down 86%; prescription drug abuse is down 38%, underage alcohol use is down 51% and marijuana use is down 16% from 2008 – the first year of the survey.

“The hot spot is that marijuana use is up (since the last survey),’’ said Deborah Neyer, the coalition’s executive director. “Most use starts in eighth grade – between 12 and 13 years old. We’re beginning to see a lackadaisical attitude about marijuana use.”

A Focus on Empathy in Distance Learning

Edutopia |

Many students have a tough time learning at home, but teachers can create space to listen to their concerns and guide them to overcome obstacles.

Resolution declaring racism public health crisis on horizon in Hamilton County


The resolution will be modeled, in part, on a similar measure approved by Franklin County commissioners in Columbus a few days before the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests nationwide and in Cincinnati.

Kids need physical education – even when they can’t get it at school

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The Conversation |

When it comes to promoting physical activity, researchers have referred to physical education as “the pill not taken.” Currently, only Oregon and the District of Columbia have policies that require schools to provide the nationally recommended amount of time for PE – 150 minutes weekly for elementary grades and 225 minutes for middle and high school students. 

More than half of the states have loopholes that let high school students skip PE.

OASN: From kindergarten to college, back-to-school preparations need to start now

The Highland County Press |

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine childhood vaccinations have plunged. This can create a drop in herd immunity and potential for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

OASN warns families that waiting until classes start could make it difficult to make an appointment with their child’s pediatrician or primary care provider.

Confronting Inequity / The Trauma We Don’t See

ASCD – Dena Simmons |

“It is only in the past decade that I have come to realize that I still carry with me the trauma of having grown up in an unsafe neighborhood terrorized by the violence of poverty and racist policies. For years, I had convinced myself that because I performed well in school and have continued to experience success in work and in life, I was fine. However, the traumas of a childhood burdened by fear, bigotry, and family suffering have not left me unscathed. To the outside world, I may look as if I am thriving—winning awards, speaking nationally, and writing a book—but underneath it all, I am still on my healing journey, still putting myself back together.”

Dean Simmons

Dena Simmons is an educator, and activist who supports schools throughout the United States in implementing social and emotional learning and culturally responsive and equitable practices.

Appalachian Children Coalition launched to help Southeast Ohio young people

Pike County News Watchman |

The Appalachian Children Coalition is a first-of-its-kind regional partnership of Educational Service Centers; Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards; and K-12 school districts across 24 Southeast Ohio counties. 

The coalition’s initial focus will be on three areas:

  • lack of internet access, and the negative impact this has on a majority of kids across Southeast Ohio;
  • the shortage of child behavioral health specialists;
  • the lack of in-patient, acute care facilities.

A full list of the Coalition’s member agencies can be found in the article.

Learn more at the Appalachian Children Coalition website.

App designed to detect suicide and violence risk, mental health disorders being tested

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WKRC Cincinnati |

Clarigent Health, a Mason-based tech company built the decision support tool for mental health professionals. Clarigent Health is working with the Children’s Home of Cincinnati to test the app. Children’s Home works with about 60 school districts for therapy sessions with students. Right now, three of those districts are testing the app in including Three Rivers.

More schools are choosing therapy dogs, even with an uncertain school year ahead

/ HCESC, health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WCPO |

Currently, the Hamilton County Education Service Center and Circle Tail have placed six therapy dogs in schools, where they work as interns until the school decides to pick up the bill by hiring the dog.


Lakota: Specials Find Special Place in Remote Learning

via Lakota Schools |

At a time when art, music, technology, exercise and creativity are a daily outlet to help offset the emotional toll of quarantine, Lakota’s “specials” teams are rallying to fuel their families’ idea banks.

Just as they do in a traditional learning environment, Lakota’s daily K-6 specials – art, music, gym, health, technology and STEAM – play a critical role in developing the whole child. Besides supporting social, emotional and mental health, they provide a creative outlet through which students can oftentimes apply their academic content. 

10 Comfort Games That Encourage Kindness, Community and Well-Being

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via KQED/MindShift |

French philosopher David Émile Durkeim believed that games are a cornerstone of human bonding, while their power to absorb and distract helps ease our thoughts from the troubles at hand.

Closed Schools Are Creating More Trauma For Students

via NPR |

Between closed schools, social isolation, food scarcity and parental unemployment, the coronavirus pandemic has so destabilized kids’ support systems that the result, counselors say, is genuinely traumatic.

School counselors say the coronavirus pandemic has so destabilized kids’ lives that the result is genuinely traumatic. And closed schools make it harder for counselors to help.

Idle Time, Family Dynamics and Low Self-Esteem Make Perfect Recipe for Cyber Bullying

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via Spectrum News 1 |

Millions of kids sitting at home and looking for ways to socialize, may find themselves in situations they didn’t plan for, including cyberbullying. Adolescent therapists say it’s bound to happen since kids are spending more time on technology during this COVID-19 age than before.

There’s an App for That—School Counseling and SEL Go Online

/ health/wellness, Solutions

via Edutopia |

From virtual counseling to wellness apps, school districts are increasingly turning to “telehealth” to meet students’ mental health needs during the pandemic.

Mental health professionals urge caution with all digital outreach, given that not all families have the resources to stay tapped in virtually, and recommend educators consider ways they can reach everyone—whether it be by phone, text messages, or even letters sent home.

But though the pending issues are grave, mental health professionals retain some optimism that the digitals tools will provide new ways to connect with and support students now—and when the pandemic ends. “We’ve got to see the silver lining in all of this,” said Melissa Reeves, past president of the National Association for School Psychologists. “It’s a new skill set that might enable us to increase and provide services in ways we haven’t in the past to reach more students.”

Mental wellness during the coronavirus pandemic

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via Clermont Sun |

School-based services have shifted to staff contacting children/families by phone to keep the connection to the child and provide any help or support needed.

Who’s watching out for vulnerable kids when schools are closed?

via Dayton Daily News |

Educational professionals are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, filing one in five claims nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

From Wi-Fi to Food Drops: How Districts Are Tackling the Big Issues Now

via Edutopia |

Most education leaders say the U.S. has never faced anything like this before. The leader of Chiefs for Change on the short and long view as coronavirus continues. Edutopia spoke to him about the macro issues emerging in education as the coronavirus closes almost every K-12 school in the nation—an event Mike calls “a crisis without precedent.”

Mike Magee is the chief executive officer of Chiefs for Change, a network of district and state education leaders dedicated to changing the status quo around education equity in the United States. Magee was formerly a teacher of American literature and philosophy at Haverford College, and won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Studies for his 2004 book Emancipating Pragmatism.

Fighting anxiety with ‘Mindful Music Moments’

/ arts, health/wellness, Solutions

Thousands of students are starting each school day with a moment of silence. It’s part of a growing program called Mindful Music Moments that aims to fight anxiety among kids.

Each morning, a few minutes of classical music, typically recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or the Cincinnati Opera, is played over the intercom. Students are encouraged with a prompt each day, maybe to imagine being a conductor or just to sit in silence and listen.


Milford: House talks removing barriers for students, mental health support

via Clermont Sun |

Through that tenure, House said she’s proud of establishing norms of equity and access for students.

“We recognized the significant increase in mental health concerns and identified how we could budget for more supports, including a director of comprehensive mental health supports, social workers, a school psychologist in every building, and support through Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Child Focus of Clermont County,” she said.


School screenings for depression seek to save kids’ lives

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via The Columbus Dispatch |

Thousands of central Ohio students have been surveyed about their mental health over the past four or five years, and officials say the process helps identify kids at risk.

Program designed to stop kids from making repeated school threats working in Hamilton County

via WLWT |

Leisgang, chief psychologist for Hamilton County’s juvenile court was directed to create a better way to gauge the intensity of targeted threats of school violence. “A risk assessment is not just identifying the risk factor, but it’s implementing interventions to address and reduce those risks,” she said.

Butler County group agrees with Ohio governor: Youth suicide increases alarming

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via Journal-News |

“It’s all right in alignment with what we’re seeing in Butler County,” said Kristina Latta-Landefeld of Envision Partnerships, a local non-profit that works to help people live healthy and, drug-free lives. “There have been significant effort in the county (to curtail suicides) and I think that we were a little bit on the earlier end within the state” in creating a county suicide-prevention plan.

COVID-19 Local and State Resources

Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH), as one of 113 local health departments in Ohio, is part of a highly-organized prevention and response effort for the coronavirus, or COVID-19 outbreak.

The agency is in lockstep with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in managing protocols for prevention and if necessary, mitigation of cases of COVID-19.


Mason: Therapeutic dog Lucy joining Mason Schools

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WLWT |

Mason schools is testing a dog therapy support program at their elementary and intermediate schools. Lucy, a Labrador retriever, is now the district’s therapy dog. If the program is successful, the district will pay $1,500 for Lucy to stay in Mason.

The district wants to eventually have one therapy dog at each school as part of its mental wellness program.

Survey Suggests More Kentucky Students Are Vaping and Depressed

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

via WVXU |

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted last spring shows the rate of vaping increased from 15.1% in 2017, to 31.4% in 2019. High school students saw a nine percent jump in the same time period.

Ohio remains prepared as coronavirus spreads

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, Ohio

via Dayton Daily News |

Kenna Haycox, senior policy consultant for the Ohio School Boards Association, said COVD-19 is just coming onto schools’ radar, and she got her very first request for COVD-19 information from a school district Wednesday.

Ohio EPA: Water systems at schools, daycares being tested first for PFAS

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via The Columbus Dispatch |

Nearly 250 Ohio schools and daycares with their own water supply systems are the first public systems being tested by the state for PFAS, or so-called forever chemicals.

Daycare and school water systems are in 60% of Ohio’s counties, records show, and testing should take another month or so. Testing the rest of the public water systems in the state will likely go through the end of the year, Griesmer said.

More than 100,000 people use the water systems at the school and daycare sites, according to state data.

Best selling author to speak at Mason High School about mental health.

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WLWT |

Author Kate Fagan will be in Mason, Thursday, talking about Maddy’s story, the impact social media can have on teens and the competitive atmosphere students experience.

Humane Society of Summit County launches anti-bullying program to teach 4th graders compassion for animals and people

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via |

The program is designed to teach empathy and good citizenship as a way to improve students’ relationships to other people and animals.

Cincinnati Children’s launches video visit service, one of first for kids in Tri-State

/ health/wellness, Solutions

via WLWT |

The service, called CincyKids Health Connect, is one of the first video conference offerings specifically catered to pediatric care in the Tri-state. No other Children’s Hospital in the area has the service yet.

Mt. Healthy Schools attempt to get ahead of, address trauma in daily routine

via WLWT |

“This year, we’ve brought in some mental health partners … This year in particular, we are partnering with West Point and we’ve brought them into the school. … We have onsite counseling for students that are willing to accept that. We also have in-school programs for students that need a little bit more support, and we’re looking to kind of bridge that with some family support after hours of school by starting somewhat of a parent group to kind of get those parents some support.”

Mt. Healthy South Elementary Principal Laura House

DeWine Touts Wraparound Services As Way To Help Students Reach Full Potential

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via Statehouse News Bureau |

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is doubling down on his commitment to renew education funding for student wellness programs saying these services can play a vital role in a student’s education. The governor told a crowd of about 1,400 educators about his mission to renew the fund during a summit on mental health and social-emotional learning in Columbus.

Dabbing marijuana drug trend catches most parents, teachers off-guard

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WLWT |

Dabbing is discreet and looks a lot like vaping. But the marijuana concentrates that people use to dab packs an incredibly strong punch.

Experts at the Drug and Poison Information Center, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, don’t yet have a lot of dabbing-specific data, but they’re starting to track the trend and said the number of calls about dangerous dabbing interactions are on the rise.

In Kentucky Schools, Hundreds Of Students Are Struck By Staff Each Year, and It’s Legal

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

via WVXU |

Kentucky is one of 19 states where corporal punishment is legal in public schools. That means it’s legal for educators in public schools to inflict pain as a form of discipline, usually through spanking. But state lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban the practice.

Ohio children feel traumatized by some active shooter drills. Do students need them?

via Cincinnati Enquirer |

“Grown-ups don’t understand what it feels like. Even when they tell me it’s a drill, I still have to hide, so I don’t believe them.”

“In a fire drill, you don’t set a fire.”

Kings: Adult Drug Education & Awareness Program at Our Next Community Learning Series

/ community, health/wellness, SW Ohio

via Kings Local Schools |

The next topic in the Kings’ Community Learning Series, “Street Smart Ohio; Adult Drug Education & Awareness Program” will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Kings Junior High School

In this session, parents will learn up-to-date information on trends in drug use. Attendees will learn new terminology, types of paraphernalia, and the signs and symptoms of someone under the influence.

This special program is presented by Captain Shawn Bain (Ret.) and Sgt. Michael Powell (Ret.), both retired undercover narcotic offers courtesy of a grant from the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Mindfulness Transforms Culture At High-Needs Elementary School

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness, Solutions

via NPR |

A struggling elementary school in East Nashville, Tenn., is incorporating mindfulness, but experts caution that mindfulness is not a panacea and programs should follow scientific guidelines.

Video: Meeting the Needs of Homeless Students. Lessons From One District

via EdWeek |

Project Lift-Off, a summer program for homeless middle school students in Lee County, N.C., pairs academic supports and social-emotional learning with basic necessities. It’s the brainchild of 2020 Leader To Learn From Johnnye Waller, the local school district’s homeless liaison. Waller says the program has helped bring more homeless students out of their shells, and increased their confidence and drive to succeed in high school.

Hamilton school taking a different approach to deal with misbehaving students

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Fairwood Elementary’s new MindPeace room is helping students get control of their emotions before situations escalate. The room features the sounds of a rainforest, dim lighting and comfy chairs — quite a change from the principal’s office.

Audio: Teacher Unions Question Efficacy Of School Safety Drills

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Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss school safety drills and how they are implemented in the classroom are American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Cincinnati Public Schools Board Member Mike Moroski; Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students School Counselor Tracy Redding; and Ohio Students for Gun Legislation Executive Director Ethan Nichols.

Opinion: Trauma-Informed Practice Is a Powerful Tool. But It’s Also Incomplete.

Simona Goldin is the director of instructional design for seminars and special programs at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. Debi Khasnabis teaches courses in multicultural and multilingual education in elementary teacher education and is the chair of elementary teacher education at the University of Michigan School of Education.

We must expand trauma-informed practice to include work supported by the scholarship on systemic inequality and racism and the ways these injustices harm children. Research on ACEs demonstrates that trauma is pervasive across all demographics, but this information has landed in an inherently racist and unequal society. Thus, when children of color experience trauma, they are often read differently than White children by teachers and educators.

Simona Goldin & Debi Khasnabis

Powerful SEL Is Happening After School, Too

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New research shows that when schools extend SEL lessons beyond the classroom into after-school programming, students’ academic skills and classroom behaviors improve.  

Report: Are Districts the Nation’s Adolescent Mental Health Care Providers? A Mandate to Support Seven Million Students in Crisis

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Many schools have become the de facto mental health providers for adolescents, and many are not prepared for the task. Those are the findings of a new report from the research and consulting firm EAB, released Thursday at the annual conference for the American Association of School Administrators.

Ohio Ranks 42nd In Nation For Dealing With Youth Homelessness

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via WVXU |

True Colors United and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty have partnered to release the State Index on Youth Homelessness.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were evaluated on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. Information is based on 2019 data.

The report looked at 61 metrics in Ohio, and found the state needs policies to prevent homeless young people from coming into contact with the criminal justice system and needs more state-level help to protect them.

CPS: Woodward students put blood, sticks into learning career as phlebotomists

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via WCPO |

Sticks 4 Kicks students spend hours doing lab work and even practicing on each other. At the two-day event this week, they have the chance to get their 30 sticks so they can take the phlebotomy certification exam.

Southwest: HOSA Sending 27 to State Competition

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via Southwest LSD |

Harrison HOSA students competed at their Southwest Ohio Regionals on Saturday with great success! The school posted a record number of first place finishes! Twelve teams or individuals took first place in their competition.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Helping Students Re-enter School After a Mental Health Crisis

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via KQED MindShift |

The BRYT program, which was founded and pioneered in a Boston-area school in 2004 by the nonprofit Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, has emerged as a successful model for helping kids re-enter school after a mental health crisis.

Madeira High Schoolers Hoping to Help

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via Madeira City Schools |

Eighteen Madeira High School (MHS) students are sending a message of hope they want every one of their classmates to hear. Their message is this, “We’re just a group of people who will listen, who believe in the power of kindness, and who think that your life matters.”

The five Freshman, four Sophomores, three Juniors, and six Seniors promote mental health wellness and suicide prevention in Madeira High School and the Madeira community. They comprise the school’s very first Hope Squad (Hold On Persuade Empower).

School lunch program still serving 4 in 10 Ohio students

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via The Columbus Dispatch |

That’s 717,740 children, about 2,400 more than last school year, according to newly released data reported by schools to the Ohio Department of Education.

Parents, educators line up against proposed SNAP changes on Capitol Hill

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via Journal-News |

Changes could also mean up to 500,000 children could close their eligibility for free school lunches. 

Oak Hills: Delshire Elementary chosen for Innovation Showcase – Childhood Trauma

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via Oak Hills School District |

Delshire Elementary is receiving increasing attention for its work to create a nurturing, empowering environment for children who have experienced childhood trauma. The school was chosen to present on the topic at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center’s Innovation Showcase.

Sexual crimes against children rising according to officials in Brown County

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via Brown County Press |

Investigators fear that a recent increase in adult on child crime is just the beginning of a new pattern. And the concern extends to juvenile court as well. 12, 13, and 14 year olds are committing these same types of offenses against their five, six or seven year old family members or family friends.

Local professionals are pointing to a number of factors, including what they consider the breakdown of the traditional family structure.

When the bus is the schoolhouse

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In a remote region of Appalachia, a preschool on wheels offers a vehicle to improved life outcomes for young children and their families. Rosie Bus is set up like a mini-preschool and comes right to the door of children in rural Kentucky who otherwise have few viable preschool options.

“If we’re going to make a significant impact on children’s learning and developing brains, we have to serve the whole family,” Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education’s Executive Director.

Researchers Link Autism To A System That Insulates Brain Wiring

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via KQED MindShift |

The finding could help explain why autism spectrum disorders include such a wide range of social and behavioral features.

For kids seeking opportunity, some Ohio neighborhoods are worlds apart

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The latest “Child Opportunity Index” has been released for 100 metro areas where about two-thirds of the nation’s children live. Neighborhoods are ranked from very-high to very-low opportunity according to 29 conditions within education, health and environment, social and economic areas.

For the most part Ohio’s large cities are close to or above the national median when looking at overall scores. However Ohio metro areas fare poorly when it comes to the gap in opportunities between neighborhoods, racial and ethnic inequalities, and disparities in life expectancy.


Facility Dog Pilot Program Continues through May

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HCESC is working closely with the non-profit organization Circle Tail to bring “facility dogs” to area schools. Circle Tail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to provide service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities. 

The dogs’ human foster parents and handlers spent two days of training at Circle Tail’s facility near Goshen, Ohio, in January of this year.

Together, HCESC and Circle Tail will be implementing a pilot program allowing four facility therapy dogs to “work” and provide their services to those in an educational environment through May.


CNE: Vaping Parent Presentation

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via Clermont Northeastern Schools |

On Wednesday, January 29th Clermont Northeastern High School will be holding a Vaping Parent Presentation, 6p-8p, in the High School Cafeteria. The presentation will be delivered by representatives from Steered Straight (

Hope Week at Madeira High School promotes mental health awareness

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via WLWT |

They’re told to QPR: question, persuade and refer when a student is struggling.

“A lot of kids are suffering, and they a lot of times keep it bottled, and they’re too afraid to tell anyone, and that can get really dangerous, especially with suicide and everything going on in today’s culture,” said junior Izzy Gutierrez.

The learning effect of air quality in classrooms

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via The Hechinger Report |

In recent studies, researchers are scrutinizing the physical environment that surrounds students, especially the temperature and air quality in classrooms.

In a study soon to be released in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, researchers examined 10 million students across the country and found that they had lower scores if they experienced hotter school days in years preceding the test, with extreme heat being particularly damaging. They calculated that every Fahrenheit degree increase in the outdoor temperature over a school year reduced that year’s learning by 1 percent.

Several other studies in the article are referenced pointing to the impact of heat and air quality on test scores.

Sycamore: Farm-to-table teaches kids to eat local, taste new foods

via WLWT |

Sycamore Community Schools is working with Local Food Connection, a food hub based in Newport, that connects local farms to schools, to help teach students to develop healthy eating habits.

Freedom Center Exhibit To Bring Awareness And Fight Against Human Trafficking

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via WVXU Cincinnati

According to the Freedom Center, in 2018, Ohio was ranked the 5th highest state with known human trafficking cases. Inside the 275 belt loop, where human smuggling isn’t as prevalent, trafficking happens. The issue is that people aren’t aware of the practical knowledge that could help prevent and possibly help save the victims. Motel X is separating fact from fiction when it involves sex trafficking stereotypes and labor trafficking stereotypes.


Rate of uninsured Ohio children nearly doubled in two years

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via WCPO Cincinnati

More than 41,000 kids under the age of six are uninsured in the state of Ohio, and that number has been increasing over the last two years.

Over the last two years, the number of uninsured children under the age of six has grown nationally. In Ohio, the number rose from 3.6% to 5% in just two years, above the national average of 4.3%.


Emotional Intelligence Predicts Academic Performance: A Meta-Analysis

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via American Psychological Association

The authors propose that three mechanisms underlie the EI/academic performance link: (a) regulating academic emotions, (b) building social relationships at school, and (c) academic content overlap with EI. 


Education’s Role In Influencing The Next Generation Of Healthcare Models Around The World

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via Forbes

Social-emotional learning (SEL), problem solving, and other “soft skills” emphasized in today’s classroom environments are now highly sought after in the professional development provided by businesses and organizations. Recent research by Harvard’s David Deming even suggests that soft skills will soon outweigh hard skills in workplace importance. 

Butler County ESC Receives $1.3M Grant to Fight Infant Mortality

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via Butler County ESC |

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and its Medicaid managed care plan partners recently awarded $1.3M to a collaborative community-wide initiative in Butler County to curb the alarming rate of infant mortality among African-American babies in the region.

Butler County Educational Service Center has been awarded the grant and will coordinate efforts for the community-wide coalition, which includes the most experienced, dedicated and appropriately-equipped community partners, to find and implement the necessary solutions. 

Suicides dramatically increasing across Ohio, according to Ohio Department of Health

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In 2018, suicide was the 11th leading cause of all death in Ohio among all ages, the leading cause of all death among Ohioans 10‐14 years of age and the second leading cause of all death among Ohioans 15‐34 years. Suicide accounted for 17.5% of all injury‐related deaths in 2018 and was the second leading injury‐related cause of death among Ohioans 15 years and older.

Source: Suicide Demographics and Trends, Ohio, 2018, Ohio Department of Health

A copy of ODH’s full 2018 Ohio Suicide Demographics and Trends Report is available here.

More information about Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative is available here. A copy of the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council Initial Report is available here.

Hope Squad has research to back its effectiveness

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A University of Cincinnati sociologist and suicidologist, finds a significant reduction in “suicide-related stigma” with schools that have Hope Squads.

Jennifer Wright-Berryman, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work in UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences, currently has her research paper under peer review.

Hope Squads seek to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training, building, and creating change in schools and communities. Students are nominated by their peers to be on the squad and they look for signs that kids are in distress.

Beginning its second year in Ohio, Hope Squad originated in Utah, where it was started in 1999.

Loveland High School and HCPH to host open forum on vaping and nicotine addiction

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via Loveland City Schools.

Childhood Trauma – A Public Health Issue

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Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the link between self-reported ACEs and 14 negative health conditions and socioeconomic factors, using 2015-2017 survey data for more than 144,000 adults from 25 states in a report released this past Tuesday.

Efforts that prevent adverse childhood experiences could also potentially prevent adult chronic conditions, depression, health risk behaviors, and negative socioeconomic outcomes.

Complete research available from the Centers for Disease Control.

Too much screen time changes children’s brains

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The study put 47 healthy Cincinnati-area children between 3 and 5 through magnetic resonance imaging of their brains as well as cognitive testing. While the study did not learn how screen time changed the brains, it did show that skills such as brain processing speed were affected.

Vaping an increasing problem for Ohio Schools

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Across the state, the number of vaping incidents in Ohio schools has skyrocketed by more than 700 percent since 2016, according to a months-long investigation by WBNS-TV. The reporting was done in partnership with sister stations, WTOL in Toledo, and WKYC in Cleveland. WBNS mapped school vaping incidents across the state.

WLWT spoke with Sycamore High School Principal Doug Mader, where he showed what staff members have taken from students recently. On a table were dozens and dozens of vapes, Juuls, liquid flavoring — all gadgets that students are using.

Why Recess Should Never Be Withheld as Punishment

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via Edutopia |

“Experts argue that recess is necessary for a child’s social and academic development, and skipping it as punishment for misbehavior or to accommodate more seat time is a serious mistake.”

Butler County seeks grant funding to help reduce infant mortality

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via The Journal-News

Hamilton, Middletown, and Butler County are applying for up to $1.49 million in grant funding from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to help pay for education programs to raise awareness of problems around infant mortality.

read the full article in The Journal-News

Support builds for later school start time legislation

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via WKRC

Ohio state senator Sandra Williams, who introduced SB 218 last week that would require schools in Ohio start after 8:30am, has said her office has received more pro calls than con. Some parents, a lot of students and the medical and mental health communities are supporting the bill. Those against the bill are mostly parents who are concerned about how later school start times will affect their workday.

full article available from WKRC

California Tells Schools to Start Later, Giving Teenagers More Sleep

via New York Times

The law, signed last week by Governor Gavin Newsom, pushes back the start times at most public middle and high schools, making California the first state to order such a shift. Classes for high schools, including those operated as charter schools, will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. under the law, and classes for middle schools will start no earlier than 8 a.m.

full article available from New York Times

Ohio Kindergartners Vaccinated Below National Rates

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via WVXU

Ohio kindergarten vaccination rates from the 2018-2019 school year are less than the national average, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 percent of Ohio kindergartners have a vaccination exemption on file, a figure which has increased slightly from last year. Ohio state law allows for vaccination exemption in the event a parent or guardian objects to immunization “for good cause, including religious convictions.”

Full article available from WVXU.

Ohio lawmaker calls for later start time for all schools

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via WLWT Cincinnati

State Senator Sandra Williams of Cleveland, introduced Senate Bill 218 this week that would have schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The bill was introduced days after California’s governor signed a related bill into law. The Ohio law would apply to district, charter and STEM schools at all grade levels.

Full article available from WLWT.

Pilot program sends nurse practitioner to health clinics at schools in Akron and Warren

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via WEWS Cleveland

Two Northeast Ohio school districts, one in Akron and another in Warren, are taking part in a pilot program conducted by Akron Children’s Hospital to provide school-based health clinics to students. Students can have their parents opt into the program that will allow them to receive in-person well-child exams and evaluation for illness through video technology.

Ohio House of Representatives Passes Bill Requiring School Districts to Address Youth Suicide

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Ohio House of Representatives Passes Bill Requiring School Districts to Address Youth Suicide.
via Campus Security and Life Safety.

If signed into law, the measure would require districts to establish a threat-assessment team and teach students about violence prevention and identifying depression. Students, parents and staff would be able to send in safety tips and report the data to state officials, who already operate a free tip-line service available to all districts.

School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources

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School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources.
via NPR.

Multiple districts filed lawsuits on Monday, including school systems in Kansas, Missouri, New York, and Washington. Three of those suits charge that Juul has hooked a generation of young smokers with its sweet flavors, placing a burden on schools.

Teen anxiety, depression prompt Greater Cincinnati schools to implement creative mental health programs

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via WLWT Cincinnati

For young people, the rush of life, both away from class and in school hallways, can feel nonstop.

But a group of seventh grade students at Hopewell Junior School in the Lakota School District recently slowed things down.

The students learned about belly breathing while soothing music played in the background.

The Lakota School District also uses music to help elementary age students cope with stress.

full article available from WLWT

CPS superintendent wants district to have ‘significant role’ in stopping youth violence

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via WLWT

Many people want to see lifesaving practices change. Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell agrees. Mitchell said the district has a hand in the healing and prevention process.

“I think we do have a significant role to play in terms of helping to pull together community, parents, young people to problem solve around these issues,” Mitchell said.

Schools Share Illness Info To Keep Others Well

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via WVXU Cincinnati

At least four Southwest Ohio schools are participating in a program which uses a smart thermometer and an app to track and stop the spread of disease.

The FLUency program, sponsored by Kinsa and Lysol, wasn’t able to share which local schools have signed up for privacy reasons, but says 1,400 schools are taking part nationwide.

full article available from WVXU

Should more schools use drug testing? One Warren County school touts its success.

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via WCPO Cincinnati

Fenwick, a private school in Warren County, and Edgewood High School, a public school in Butler County, are the only local schools to test their students for drugs. At least four Catholic schools in the area — Cincinnati LaSalle, Dayton Carroll, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne and Kettering Alter — have drug testing in place.

full article available from WCPO

Let’s Talk Cincy: CPS to combat mental illness and gun violence

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via WLWT Cincinnati

Alexis Rogers and Courtis Fuller sit down with Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell and learn about CPS’s new direction to help Cincinnati students reach their best potential. We also hear about the new measures CPS schools are taking to combat mental illness and gun violence in Cincinnati teens.

‘Kids coming to school with more trauma:’ Here’s what local schools are doing

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via Dayton Daily News

The Dayton Daily News Path Forward project surveyed the largest school districts in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, and Warren counties to find out how they’re addressing mental health as youth suicide rates hit an at least 18 year high statewide.

Many districts have added counselors and social workers to their staffs this year, as well as contracting for those individuals through Medicaid, county education service centers, and other government and mental health agencies.

And local schools will use a variety of tools to address the mental and emotional needs of students this year.

full article available from The Dayton Daily News

$20,000 in suicide prevention services coming to Clermont County schools this school year

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via Cincinnati Enquirer

The County Commissioners approved the funding from Clermont County Family and Children First this week, according to the release. The programs will serve Milford High School, West Clermont Middle and High Schools, Williamsburg High School, Goshen Middle and High Schools and Miami Valley Christian Academy.

Springfield Local Schools looking to add vape sensors to school bathrooms

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via WTOL Toledo

District leaders say vaping is a big problem with students. The sensors would alert administration if vaping is happening in Middle and High School bathrooms.

Ohio bill would mandate child sex abuse education in schools

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via WKRC

In light of recent sex abuse cases in the Cincinnati area, some local lawmakers have introduced a new bill (House Bill 321) that mandates child sex abuse education in Ohio schools.

This bill has been introduced three other times in the state legislature and failed. Lawmakers in the Cincinnati area are hoping with the recent news in Springboro, more lawmakers might sign on.

Indiana passed a similar law in 2015. A similar bill has also been introduced in Kentucky as well.

Vaping joins cellphones as recurring problem for school districts

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via Columbus Dispatch

Kenna Haycox, senior policy consultant at the Ohio School Boards Association, said the use of vape products among students is a problem both locally and nationally.

“Every school in Ohio should be treating e-cigarettes at minimum as cigarette smoking,” Haycox said.

School districts across Ohio include policies prohibiting the use of vape products by students, employees and community members on school property.

Children’s Home adds counselors to local schools to prevent violence

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via WCPO

In the last four years, the Madisonville-based organization almost doubled its staff, employing 410 licensed counselors, social workers, educators and more placed in over 80 schools across Greater Cincinnati.

And in response to recent violence, the Children’s Home added 30 counselors to its staff this summer.