School Health Advisory Board Overview

  • The School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) for RPS was formed in the fall of 2019 to advise the School Board on issues related to student health.

    The SHAB, composed of RPS parents, teachers, and students, as well as content experts in nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and child wellness will take a holistic view of health that encompasses the many factors that influence students’ ability to learn, be healthy, and to succeed.

    In alignment with Dreams4RPS, the division’s strategic plan, the SHAB is poised to address issues such as the nutritional content of school meals, the incorporation of trauma-informed and trauma-resilient practices, and the provision of mental health and social support through activities such as conducting outreach to school staff and families, researching evidenced-based practices, reviewing the school wellness policy, and making recommendations to the school board on an annual basis.

    The RPS SHAB is rooted in CDC’s Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Framework, an evidenced-based strategy for supporting student wellness. The framework calls for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Other SHABs are active in school districts throughout the state including Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, and Chesterfield.

2020-2021 SHAB Members

  • (in alphabetical order)

    • Jenny Aghomo, Parent Liaison
    • Kai Banks, Vice Chair
    • Ram Bhagat
    • Justine Blincoe
    • Tegwyn Brickhouse
    • Kelly Cannon
    • Karen Carle
    • Elizabeth Doerr, School Board Member
    • Emily Faye
    • Tanya Francis
    • Robin Gahan, Secretary
    • Marlene Gooding
    • Sayyeda Hall
    • Lyons Hardy, Chair
    • Pamela Jamerson
    • Isabella Kates, Student Liaison
    • Kieasha King, Teacher Liaison
    • Shenee McCray
    • Sharron McDaniel
    • Matt Miles
    • Hannah Quigley
    • Stefanie Ramsey
    • Susan Roberson
    • Sarah Shaughnessy
    • Jackie Washington
    • Na-Keisha White
    • Asia Wilson
    • Cleome Winters

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