school health

Lead Testing of Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities 2019-20

Many Vermont schools and childcare facilities are in older buildings, which means they are more likely to have lead in their plumbing. Because there is no safe level of lead in the body, and young children absorb lead into their systems more easily than adults do, it's important to ensure lead levels in drinking water are as low as possible. Fixing a lead in drinking water problem is often easy and low cost. Solutions can include replacing plumbing fixtures, removing redundant or seldom-used fixtures, and encouraging the use of centrally located, well-maintained bottle fill stations.

School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles is a biannual set of surveys supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent and School Health’s (DASH). The Vermont Agency of Education collected data from 2002 to 2012. The Health Department began collecting data in 2014. Data are collected from middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers to assess school health policies, programs, and practices.

Engage Youth

The Health Department works to support and engage adolescents in promoting their own health and healthy development. This approach allows youth to share insights, take leadership roles, get involved with their community, build organizational leadership skills and self-esteem, and create and share important information with their peers and others who serve youth. Here are several Vermont youth engagement opportunities:  

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