- Interpret data from the Healthy Schools audit(s).
- Evaluate needs arising from the audit data.
- Provide realistic solutions to these needs.
- Cooperate effectively as a group.
Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health, Citizenship
Eco-Schools USA Pathways
Healthy Schools, School Grounds, Transportation
Creating the Action Plan
1. Healthy Schools audit review
- Using the data from your audit, identify the places where school health could be improved.
2. Group brainstorming
- In small groups, brainstorm solutions to these issues. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
- As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions.
- Compile these solutions into a final action plan. See sample plans below, and access a blank action plan PDF (link to PDF of blank action plan template) here.
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on realistic timeframes in which tasks should be completed.
3. Execution of tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and to notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them.
- Provide training to staff and students on implementing the healthy school campaign.
- Set up the school for success. For example, hold informational meetings for administrators, facilities managers, teachers, parents and other community members to explain the importance of improving school health and to unite everyone behind the cause. Communicate with the people responsible for purchasing to provide information about preferred cleaning products and green building materials so that they can make informed decisions. Discuss grounds and building maintenance with facilities managers. Perhaps more than any other Eco-Schools USA pathway, this one requires a great deal of cooperation between all members of the school community in order to make significant changes.
- Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group. Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do.
- Schedule a follow-up Healthy Schools audit after a few months to measure the effectiveness of your program.
- Calculate the costs incurred and savings related to the changes put in place, as well as perceived or quantifiable improvements in health.
- Add a section on school health to your school’s website.
- In regular assemblies, share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Prepare a school notice board showing graphs of results and achievements.
- Involve the local press and radio to let everyone know about the school’s health campaign.
- Team up with another school in the area to share ideas.
- Have students develop a database with the help of spreadsheet software to record information, draw graphs and analyze the data.
Sample Healthy Schools Action Plans
Indoor Air Quality Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan
Green Cleaning Sample Action Plan, Simplified Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan
Hazardous Materials Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan
Mold Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan
Pest Management Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan
Laboratory Chemicals Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan
Mercury Sample Action Plan and Blank Action Plan