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Maine's students need to be healthy if they are to succeed in their learning. That's why the Maine Department of Education works with schools to take a multi-pronged approach to ensuring student health -- an approach that involves health and physical education as part of the school day and provides the supports students need to stay physically, mentally, socially and emotionally healthy.
- Child Nutrition Services. The Child Nutrition Office at the Department works with the state's schools to ensure access to nutritious food for all children throughout the year.
- Combating & Preventing Bullying. The Maine DOE offers schools training, resources and model practices for cultivating a school environment free of bullying and harassment.
- Concussion Management. The Maine DOE provides specific guidelines for policy development and managing concussions in all school settings.
- HIV Prevention. The Maine DOE's HIV Prevention program trains educators and others in implementing curricula proven effective in reducing risky behaviors among adolescents.
- Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. This biennial survey quantifies the health-related behaviors and attitudes of students in kindergarten through grade 12.
- Resources for School Nurses. The Maine DOE offers resources and guidance school nurses can use to ensure the students in their buildings have access to high-quality, school-based health services.
- School Counseling. School counselors provide support that helps students focus on their academic, social and emotional development so they're prepared to succeed in school and life.