Step 4

Step 4

Establish a Healthy School Team and Identify a Coordinator
(power in numbers but who is the captain?)


A Healthy School Team should include students, parents and other caregivers, community representatives, and key school staff identified above who have primary responsibility for implementing the various components of a coordinated school health program.

A coordinator at the school should lead the team and serve as the contact for coordinating and integrating community-based programs with school-based programs. The coordinator should have professional preparation and certification; be able to plan, implement, and evaluate a coordinated school health program; be familiar with existing community resources; and have connections to local, state, and national health and education organizations. Health educators and school nurses often have such abilities, training, knowledge, and connections.

The coordinator will need release time during the school day for coordination activities. A regularly scheduled meeting, held during the school day if at all possible, will facilitate the team's work. If the meeting must be held after school, some type of compensation (for example, extended-hour pay) is warranted.