The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) has been recognized by the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership, Florida Action for Healthy Kids and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents as a Florida Healthy School District and has been awarded the Silver level. The Healthy School District awards have been bestowed since 2009 to school districts that maintain a healthy environment for students, employees and the community.
Out of the 67 Florida school districts, SJCSD is one of only seven that was awarded Silver or Gold level this year. This status for SJCSD at the Silver level is for a two-year period; however, the district will be eligible to apply for Gold level status next year.
The evaluation process involved gathering information from schools and communities across the district over a two-month period. School districts were evaluated using the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment Tool. Scores are given based on eight areas of assessment criteria. These assessment areas are Health Education, Physical Education, Health Services, Nutrition Services and Education, Psychological and Social Counseling, Healthy School Environment, Employee Wellness and Family and Community Involvement.
SJCSD scored highest in the areas of Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, Healthy School Environment, Employee Wellness, and Family and Community Involvement. Based on 140 indicators, SJCSD was determined to be a leader in the state maintaining practices and policies that foster a healthy environment.