Across the country, school districts are developing reopening plans for the upcoming school year. And, while these plans vary from district to district, there is one message we want all local leaders and administrators to hear loud and clear:
Health and physical education is essential for students’ physical, mental and social-emotional health — and now, more than ever, it’s vital to prioritize students’ health and well-being.
Please join us on July 16 for our Online (Backyard) Advocacy Day. This is your chance to voice your views to local representatives and ensure that health and physical education stays at the forefront of back to school planning.
This letter can edited and modified to be shared with you local education leaders including your Superintendent, principal and/or local board of education members.
Share our Facebook and Twitter #SHAPEAdvocacy messages from the KYSHAPE accounts or copy and paste any of the following social media messages to your own accounts.
- Students will do their best when they’re active + healthy! Support #HPE! Participate in @SHAPE_America’s Online Backyard Advocacy Day! #SHAPEAdvocacy @KY_SHAPE
- I am with @KY_SHAPE in helping students in the Commonwealth THRIVE for LIFE! Research shows students want to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle and value health and PE! #SHAPEAdvocacy http://bit.ly/2fLifL7
- Health and Physical Education is essential for students’ physical, mental and social-emotional health to be able to THRIVE for LIFE! #SHAPEAdvocacy http://bit.ly/2fLifL7 @KY_SHAPE
KYSHAPE Actions on Your Behalf
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(NOTE: ON FEB 6th, THE KY BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED TO REMOVE OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS FROM THE STATE PLAN. A new indicator for state-required quality of school climate and safety based on perception data, replacing the opportunity and access measures. No information is currently available for school climate and safety. The below information was posted concerning original state plan relating to ESSA)
Thanks to the ESSA definition for a well-rounded subject, health education and physical education are also now eligible for federal funding from title programs like professional development (Title II), safe and healthy/well-rounded (Title IV Part A) and after-school programs (Title IV Part B). However please note that Congressional appropriations for ESSA has been well below the level of what was originally authorized when ESSA was passed. Originally Congress authorized Title IV Part A at $1.6 billion, but current FY appropriations was only $400 million. State education agencies then receive funding based on their Title I population, so Kentucky received just under $6 million. Kentucky chose to keep a formula based funding, as equity was a driving force behind ESSA passage, so that all local education agencies received some funding. This has resulted in a much smaller funding amount to school districts. The following link has the district Title IV Part A allocations for the current fiscal year for all 173 public school districts KDE FY18 Title IV Part A allocations. For districts, that receive more than $30,000 the district must follow a needs assessment process to allocate the funding between 1.)Well-rounded education 2.) Safe and Healthy Schools and 3.) Technology. For districts that receive less than $30,000, it is the district’s discretion on how to allocate the funding. Additional guidance can be found on KDE’s website: https://education.ky.gov/school/Pages/Title-IV%2C-Part-A.aspx