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Project SWITCH


Overview

In 2018, the Oklahoma State Department of Education received a Get Fit grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the number of students who are physically active, eat nutritious meals and manage chronic health conditions.  A $333,000 supplemental grant, or Project SWITCH (Strengthening Wellness and Improving Teachers and Children’s Health), will provide technical assistance to school nurses on the management of chronic health conditions and physical education teachers on how to safely conduct physical education during COVID for the current fiscal year. 

Statewide Cadres

Project SWITCH will support school staff members and students with safety and best practices for physical education, physical activity and monitoring chronic diseases during the 2020-21 school year.  The Project SWITCH leaders will work with teams (cadres) of physical education teachers and school nurses who will be assigned to every region of the state and will be responsible for sharing guidance and best practices for safety provided through the CDC’s COVID-19 school-guidance for physical education, physical activity and chronic disease management.  The physical education cadre members will promote effective physical education instruction while school nurse cadre members will support school-based health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Switch Regional Map

Project SWITCH Regional Contacts

Region Physical Education School Nurse
1 Alesa Murrow (Alva) Shelly Haskins (Medford)
2 Chase Langley (Yukon) Tammy Kain (Mustang)
3 Sarah Ehrlich (Stillwater) David Coates (Stillwater)
4 Virginia Mitchell (Lone Grove) Renita Dotson (Ardmore)
5 Nan Schuchman (Norman) Courtney Williams (Norman)
6 Kent Vernon (Caney) Mendi McAlester (Wilburton)
7 Malorie Estes (Madill) Ruby Redfield (Asher)
8 Whitney Tucker (Morris) Alicia Cupps (Ada)
9 Tera Webb (Muskogee) Amanda Bellamy (Maryetta)
10 Mike Carter (Sand Springs) Brandi Glasscock (Collinsville)
11 Amy Cox (Mid Del)
Lisa Ashford (Edmond)
Keema Kinchen (Star Spencer)
12 Jon Mize (Tulsa)
Christina Gould (Broken Arrow)
Kelly Gorton (Jenks)

Additional Support

Area Physical Education School Nurse
Urban/Suburban Ianthi Shields (Oklahoma City) Lindsay Sinkbeil (Sand Springs)
Rural Dani Wood (Dover) Sheffield Southall (Clinton)

Regional Virtual Meetings of Support

Each regional leader will separately conduct three one-hour virtual meetings (between November 2020 and May 2021) to assist you in understanding and possibly implementing aspects of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) COVID-19 school-based guidance for physical education and/or school health services. Please register to participate in the regional virtual meetings. Once you register, you will receive more information about the meetings and the support that will be provided through the virtual meetings. 

 

Do you have a question between regional virtual meetings of support? Fill out an assistance request form below and a regional leader will provide support.

Physical Education Assistance Request Form

School Nursing Assistance Request Form

 

Resources

The OSDE believes the work of schools, communities, and the agency should serve the whole child; ensuring all Oklahoma children are safe, healthy, challenged, engaged and supported. With that belief in mind, schools, teachers, and school nurses across Oklahoma can access resources produced through the Project SWITCH in the database below.

Participating Schools

Three partner districts – Caney, Colbert and Madill – will also receive additional targeted supports, including CDC COVID professional development, guidance for offering telemedicine, implementation of socially distanced play spaces, and training and technical assistance on social-emotional climate and child nutrition. 

Project Partners

The services provided through the SWITCH Project would not be possible without the following partnerships: University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD), Oklahoma State Department of Health, University of Kansas’ SWIFT Center, School Nurses Organization of Oklahoma (SNOO), TEAM Clinics, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, OSDE’s Child Nutrition Department, Cooking for Kids, Hunger Free Oklahoma, SHAPE America, Healthier Generations, Springboard to Active Schools, and National Association of School Nurses. Partnering with experts for each focus area will ensure that trainings and resources produced will be beneficial for Oklahoma schools. Thank you to all of our project partners!

 

 

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Last updated on November 5, 2020