17 September Advocate

17 September Advocate

September 2017 cover
September 2017
Schools teach inner strengths
The latest strategy in suicide prevention programs in schools is being rolled out this year, focused on building “resiliency” in students to offset the stresses in their lives.
A state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would remove “self-study” on suicide prevention as an option for school staff.
Heard about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why? Here’s a breakdown of its dangers and how to deal with the normalization of youth suicide it presents.

Raging rumors
It wasn’t a restful summer for those working in the offices of the Teachers’ Retirement System or Kentucky Education Association, as worried teachers called about rumored changes in advance of an expected special session on pension reform.
More conservative assumptions is a fancy way of saying that it looks like school districts will be contributing much more into the County Employees Retirement System for their classified employees. Meanwhile, several groups, including KSBA, are seeking to separate CERS from the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

With open ears
School board members will be in control, more or less, during this year’s Fall Regional Meetings, which are now upon us. More polling, more freewheeling discussion of the issues will play a big role in those sessions.

More salt, please
The USDA put a hold on further sodium restrictions in schools, which was a relief to many food nutrition directors.
Trimble County's free back-to-school event provides clothes, supplies and information
Trimble County Schools held its annual Back-To-School Fair in late July. The event, held at Bedford Elementary School’s cafeteria, featured a free “yard sale” for the third straight year. The event, organized by the district’s family resource/youth services centers, also had free backpacks for students, containing school supplies, including paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and markers.
Students at Estill County’s West Irvine Intermediate School, including fourth graders Sara Jones and Amanda Furber, go through the lunch line on the school’s second day of classes. The Trump administration put on hold a scheduled reduction in sodium requirements at schools, but district food service staff still face a balancing act of serving food students will eat while meeting still-restrictive nutritional guidelines. One district food service director says if students are throwing their food away instead of eating it then “it’s not healthy."
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