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Pennsylvania middle school to delay opening due to mold

Cedarbrook Middle School will delay its first day of school, scheduled for Sept. 3, due to a mold problem, according to Cheltenham School District. Superintendent Natalie Thomas described Cedarbrook’s mold issue to be a “fairly significant” problem and added that the district did not anticipate the school to open Sept. 4 either.

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Should schools be responsible for childhood obesity prevention?

With the nation's childhood obesity rate triple what it was 30 years ago for adolescents, expectations that schools will do more to help keep students healthy continue to rise.

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Ready access to Plan B pills in NYC schools

Through a patchwork of nurses’ offices and independent clinics operating in schools, students can now get free emergency contraceptives like Plan B One-Step in more than 50 high school buildings, generally in neighborhoods with high teenage pregnancy rates.

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Childhood obesity: Hudson Valley (N.Y.) schools depend on snack sales to keep cafeterias solvent

Public schools sell sometimes-unhealthy snacks and fatty alternatives to balanced, government-regulated lunches for a simple reason: They earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an exclusive Poughkeepsie Journal review of financial documents and menus and interviews with food service managers.

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Some schools must scramble to feed low-income kids during summer

Some meal programs in Los Angeles have remained unfunded even as others are restored. It has meant forming partnerships with other entities to get area children fed.

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Two-thirds of school recreational facilities are inadequate

A Milwaukee-area community organization has found that two-thirds of the outdoor athletic and recreational facilities at public schools throughout the county are in terrible, poor or fair condition, a recently released report shows.

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USDA overhauls schools snacks for first time in 30 years

Candy bars, doughnuts, and regular potato chips will become scarce in schools under new federal rules released Thursday, replaced by healthier options such as granola bars, trail mix, and baked chips. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards represent the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.

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Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in school children

Mindfulness, mental training that develops sustained attention, can change the way people think, act, and feel, reduce symptoms of stress and depression, and promote well-being among school children, according to a new study published online by the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Russell County Middle School on Alabama's failing schools list

Russell County Middle School, part of the Russell County School District (Seale, Ala.), is one of 78 in Alabama considered failing, according to a list released Tuesday. Schools on the list could lose students and corresponding state funding if parents transfer their children to other schools and seek the state income tax credit the law allows to help them pay for such a move.

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The top 5 myths about farm-to-school programs

One of the most promising models for changing the way we feed kids is known as "farm-to-school," and it involves connecting schools with fresh, locally grown food and food and agriculture education opportunities. But there are still some common misconceptions. Here are the top 5 myths about farm-to-school.

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