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The purpose of the study was to assess the status of elementary health and health education in public schools throughout South Dakota during the 2005-2006 school year. The study was designed to provide current data collected from both elementary and secondary school principals and teachers regarding health and physical education curricula, physical activity policies and practices, tobacco prevention policies and practices, alcohol and other abused substance policies and practices, nutrition-related policies and practices, HIV infection policies and practices, injury prevention, family life and sexuality, mental health, personal and consumer health, community and environmental health, program administration and coordination, and professional preparation /in-service training. Data for the study were collected using a mailed survey of principals and teachers from public schools in South Dakota. A random sample of 400 elementary school teachers, 250 public school principals and 287 secondary school principals were selected for the study; secondary principals were requested to distribute survey and cover letter to the lead health education teacher within their building, producing a sample of 287 teachers. Surveys and follow-up surveys were mailed and collected between December 2005 and May 2006. Data were tabulated and analyzed using the Statistical Packages for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Version 14.0. Descriptive statistics, primarily frequencies and percentages, were computed for all questionnaire items. Usable response rate for elementary schools was 50.5% from the teachers and 72.0% from the principals. Secondary school usable response rate was 70.4% from teachers and 71.8% from principals. Conclusions and recommendations are reported separately for elementary and secondary schools. (Contains 39 figures.) [This report was produced by the Coordinated School Health Program, Office of Educational Services and Support, South Dakota Department of Education.]

Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Principals, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Physical Education, Public Schools, Data Collection, Comprehensive School Health Education, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Health Education, Statistical Analysis, Status

South Dakota Department of Education. 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. Tel: 605-773-3134; Fax: 605-773-6139; Web site: http://doe.sd.gov/publications/









Author: South Dakota Department of Education

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5303&id=ED498681



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