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October 2011

School Plus Breakfast Equals Students Ready to Learn

School nurses are frontline witnesses of the importance of that first meal of the day.  Often students end up in the nurse's office with complaints as a result of skipping breakfast.

ACNJ just kicked off its Food for Thought: Expanding School Breakfast to NJ Students campaign. We released a report highlighting low participation rates, identifying schools with high need and low participation and outlining do-able solutions. ACNJ has published data for every district in the state.

Find out how your district rates.

Learn how you can promote school breakfast in your school.

Beware of Smartphone Privacy Risks on Child Safety

To protect our kids we teach them never to provide their address or phone number to strangers or people they meet online, but kids and even parents may be supplying that information without even knowing it.

Read more…

State Strenghtens its Commitment to Reduce Bullying in Schools

New Jersey's tough new Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights went into effect Sept. 1 and strengthens the state’s first anti-bullying law, enacted in 2002. To comply with the new law, training will be required for most public school teachers, administrators and other employees on how to spot and respond to bullying. All districts must also form a "school safety team" to review complaints. School districts will be graded by the state on their efforts to address the problem.

Read more about the law and how you can be a part of developing your schools anti-bullying policies.

Christie Administration Abandons Efforts to Cut Parents from NJ FamilyCare

This past spring, the Christie Administration planned to seek a waiver from the federal government intended to cut many poor working parents from NJ FamilyCare.  Thanks to many of your efforts, the Administration abandoned that proposal.

Read more about the waiver…

In This Issue

Promote School Breakfast in Your School 

Smartphone Privacy Risks for Kids

New Law Mandates Programs to Combat Bullying

Efforts to Cut NJ FamilyCare Abandoned

Events Coming Up

Oct. 26 - Visit our booth at the American Academy of Pediatrics School Health Conference


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