Focusing on the Whole Child – Wellness Tips to Help Students

Written by Terri Brinston
July 12, 2023

Back to school

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Ok, the kids are back to school! A lot of different emotions come with that statement. Basically, the type of thoughts and feelings connected to that statement stems from your various roles. If you are a parent, you may be ecstatic. You get your days back, your time to think about what you want for a couple of hours of the day. You get to hang up that short-order cook apron and not worry about breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You get to actually enjoy that cup of coffee without any interruptions. But if you are a school administrator, teacher, school support staff, or even a coach, it is crunch time. I mean your carefree, manageable schedule just got crazy! You have just been innovative with teachers, parents, students, and an enormous amount of emails and demands of your time. Yes, depending on where you stand the reality or your view of back to school is very different.

But when you really think about your point of view, no matter if you are a parent or a school staff member the focal point is the same. The child, the student is our main point of interest. I think sometimes we forget that. I believe we get so bogged down with the business of our day that we forget about our focus. We forget about the point of it all. Yes, preparation for the return of the children to school brings on an enormous amount of required tasks. But I urge you not to lose focus. Your primary objectives must be centered around the child. A well-developed plan centered around our main focus will have a major impact on our schools. I believe that everyone has a place at the table and no matter your role or responsibility if the focus point is the wellbeing of the child/student, you are on the right path.

I encourage you to adjust your view. Evaluate your role and your objectives weekly. Add it to your calendar as a task. As a teacher, I look at my objectives for the week and I ask myself, am I impacting my students in a way that will add value to not only their understanding of the lesson but to their life? This very simple practice has changed my teaching approach and I see very profound differences in my areas of influence. I am confident that it will make a difference to yours as well.

When you evaluate your weekly objectives, think about the whole child (holistically). Review ways that you can impact their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. You may lack the knowledge of how to support your students in all areas, but recognizing your reality is half the battle. Long ago, the depth psychologist Carl Jung contended that what you resist not only persists but will grow in size. And today this viewpoint is generally abbreviated to What you resist persists. My point is that if we do not redirect our focus and support the entire child’s needs, what we see happening in our education system will continue to decline.

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Over the next few months, I will be providing articles to help you support your students holistically.
I will begin this series by focusing on ways to support our student’s physical well-being. Please share this article with your staff and leave me a comment below.

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Understanding the MHSAA Requirements: A Coach’s Responsibility

All varsity, junior varsity, and 9th-grade head coaches are mandated to maintain a valid CPR certification, a requirement tracked by the school athletic director. This certification is on par with meeting risk management course requirements for assistant and sub-varsity coaches. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) requires athletic directors to confirm these certifications each season through

Failure to meet these requirements before the specified deadlines can have significant consequences. Coaches who fall short risk being prohibited from coaching in that season’s MHSAA tournament for their respective sports. Furthermore, they won’t be allowed to be present at the facility where the tournament involving their sports team is held.

Comprehensive Solutions for CPR Certification with My School Nurse

Navigating these requirements can be a daunting task for athletic directors and coaching staff. Enter My School Nurse, a pioneering solution dedicated to making CPR certification seamless and convenient for high school coaches.

Convenient Training

My School Nurse understands the demanding schedules of coaches. Our CPR training programs are tailored to your team’s availability, ensuring minimal disruption to your coaching staff’s busy calendar. We bring the expertise directly to your location, making the certification process convenient and efficient. We also provide blended learning options. An approach that combines online with physical place-based classroom methods. This reduces training scheduling time.

National Outreach

While we specialize in meeting the specific requirements set by MHSAA, we encourage athletic directors in other states to review their individual state requirements. My School Nurse extends its comprehensive on-site and blended learning CPR training services nationwide, ensuring that coaches across the country can benefit from our expertise

Conclusion: Prioritize Safety with My School Nurse

In the fast-paced world of high school sports, ensuring the safety of both athletes and coaches is non-negotiable. My School Nurse not only facilitates compliance with MHSAA regulations but also extends its commitment to safety and well-being to coaches nationwide. Schedule your on-site CPR training with My School Nurse today and prioritize safety on and off the field.

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