100 Day Report: The Trump Administration’s Actions on Student Health and Wellness
The President of the United States has the opportunity to help create a better future for our children and our nation by improving health in schools. Tremendous opportunity exists for the executive branch to support states, school districts and communities in creating the conditions of student health and wellness and giving all children a chance for a healthy, brighter tomorrow. In its first 100 days, how has the Trump administration acted on this opportunity?
This report follows HSC’s October 2016 report, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Recommendations for the Next Administration, which details recommended actions for the administration in each area. The new report provides an overview of actions taken or proposals made by the Trump administration and the potential impact on school health and student wellness in four key areas:
- School Health Services: Ensuring all students have access to the physical and behavioral health services they need to be in school and ready to learn.
- Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Ensuring the Department of Education is able to support schools, particularly through implementation of ESSA, in a way that supports student health and wellness.
- Healthy and Green Schools: Ensuring schools are able to support student health and learning while preserving the environment.
- Healthy School Food: Ensuring all students have access to healthy and nutritious school meals by fully implementing the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
We are concerned that the actions of this administration in its first 100 days indicate a lack of regard for the value of school health. These actions have in some cases put important supports for health and learning in jeopardy, including supports for our nation’s most vulnerable children.
Great opportunities remain for those who care about school health and children’s well-being to productively continue the work of ensuring that all schools can support health and learning. Without clear support from the administration, the work of on-the-ground advocates and leaders at the national, state and community levels is more important than ever in ensuring that all schools can support health.
These first 100 days show that it’s up to us—parents, teachers, advocates, elected officials and all who care about children’s health and learning—to carry on the work of ensuring every school can provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our nation’s children. We can show the President that we care about student health and wellness and his administration should, too!
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