Dyersburg City Schools and the Dyer County School System each participated in the TSBA's Healthier Schools Challenge, taking their places among 57 school systems in the state to be recognized in the program.
Systems participating in the Healthier Schools Challenge have the opportunity to meet up to a dozen challenges designed to promote the health and well-being of the students and staff they serve. The annual award, underwritten by United Healthcare Insurance Company, offers Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level status for systems earning a certain percentage of the criteria.
* Bronze Level systems earn $1,000 for meeting eight of the 12 criteria.
* Silver Level systems earn $2,000 for meeting nine of the 12 criteria.
* Gold Level systems earn $3,000 for meeting 10 of the 12 criteria.
* Platinum Level systems earn $5,000 for meeting 11 of the 12 criteria.
* No. 1- Coordinated School Health goals are incorporated into the school system's strategic plan
* No. 2- One new school is recognized as a USDA HealthierUS Challenge School
* No. 3- All schools are compliant with the 90-minute physical activity law
* No. 4- One new school participated in a physical activity program
* No. 6- Health and wellness information was shared with all parents/guardians
* No. 7- At least two community-wellness events were held for parents/guardians
* No. 8- Students were active members of School Advisory Committee and all Healthy School Teams in middle and high school
* No. 9- All students received a minimum of 30 minutes of Comprehensive Health Education every week
* No. 10- The percent of school health community partnerships and/or grants/in-kind gift to LEA's increased by 10 percent from the previous year
* No. 11- Staff wellness program participation increased by 10 percent from the previous year
* No. 12- A systemwide in-service was held that linked health to academics
Dyersburg City Schools Coordinated School Health Coordinator Nancy West and Dyer County Schools Coordinated School Health Coordinator Jessica Roser traveled to Nashville on Nov. 5 to accept their awards at the Tennessee School Board Association Conference.
Dyersburg City Schools earned $3,000 and Gold Level ranking, with Dyer County Schools earning $1,000 and Bronze Level ranking.