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Heat Reminder as School Starts – Review Governing Board Policy JJIB

With the start of a new school year upon us, we need to remind ourselves of the responsibility we have to our students and staff related to the risks of heat-related stress.

ASBA urges all districts to remind students and staff of the danger of heat-related stress, and, be vigilant of conditions that may put an individual at risk. Also, be reminded that it is important for school administrators, coaches, and student-athletes to review Governing Board Policy JJIB, Interscholastic Sports, as it relates to Arizona Interscholastic Association Bylaws specific to heat acclimatization protocol, hydration strategies, and return to play standards. The Bylaws are specifically noted in Policy Exhibit JJIB-EB.

Heat-related stress resulting from exposure to a high-temperature environment can cause heatstroke and other heat-related conditions even being a cause of death. A recent document published by Maricopa County Public Health establishes that 182 heat-associated deaths were reported in 2018 in Maricopa County. An AZ Central article reports that this is “the third consecutive year the death toll has set a new record”. Although these reports only reflect Maricopa County the need to be collectively aware of the dangers of high temperatures this time of year is a state-wide need.

ASBA joins all districts in our collective effort to keep students and staff safe and secure.

Equity Webinar Series Continues in 2019-20

ASBA is excited to continue the equity webinar series this year. Webinar dates will soon be released. Please remember to register and receive the recording directly by email to listen at your own leisure.

Topics that will be discussed this year include:

  • Foster Youth
  • Refugee/Immigrant
  • Rural/Remote
  • Homelessness
  • Allies (What is an Ally?)
  • Special Education Part 1 (Aided Education)
  • Special Education Part 2 (Gifted Education)

How ASBA Can Help Your Administrative Professional Grow

ASBA wants to partner with you and your administrative professional to ensure they receive the quality professional development they deserve with the development of ASAP (Arizona School Administrative Professionals). Our mission is to develop training, peer support networks and recognition programs that address common needs and concerns of these vitally important members of school district leadership teams.

Conferences such as the Law Conference, Annual Conference and BOLTS are a great way to help administrative assistants stay up to date on policy, open meeting law and other important topics.

This year, we mailed a document with important dates and information to help our administrative professionals prepare for the 2019-20 school year. Click here for an electronic version.

The goals of the new Arizona School Administrative Professionals are to:

  • Elevate and promote professional standards, including a code of conduct
  • Mentor individuals new to the position
  • Develop a communication network that enables the sharing of timely and relevant information and best practices
  • Increase awareness of the vital role of professional development ineffectiveness, staff retention and job satisfaction
  • Influence and inform the content and delivery of professional development provided by ASBA to administrative professionals

We hope you continue to value and invest in your administrative professionals with the support and resources they need to be successful in their role!

It’s Your Time to Shine! ASBA Annual Conference Award Nominations Open September 9

Each year, ASBA honors individual school board members, as well as entire governing boards for efforts toward improvement and to promote the idea of better boardsmanship. Awards are also presented to districts, schools and teachers for excellence in student achievement. Student scholarships and a student photography contest round out ASBA’s annual awards.

Bond or Override Elections in November, View District List by County

Expect More Arizona reached out to all the county superintendents around the state to compile a list of the districts that are going out for a bond or override this November. The information can be found on the Vote 4 Education pages on Expect More Arizona’s website. Attached is the word document list, along with an informational fact sheet about what bonds and overrides are that you are welcome to use.

List of 2019 Bond & Override Elections (statewide by county)

Bonds & Overrides Fact Sheet

Attend a School-Based Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Services Forum in September

Attend a school-based behavioral health and suicide prevention services forum in September.

Self-Report Your Advocacy Activities – Pillar Award Form Closes Sept. 1

The Arizona School Boards Association’s NEW Pillar Award for Advocacy Pin recognizes school board members for service in the advocacy arena that goes above and beyond their regular board duties. This award includes many of the same activities as the former Cactus Pin. The pin will be awarded to members at our Legislative Workshop who have accumulated a total of 125 points based on a number of advocacy-related activities. The application for the Pillar Award for Advocacy will open July 1 and will close September 1. Look for information to come to you via email!

NSBA Webinars Coming in August

August 13, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) Prevention 101: The Science Behind Healthy Decision Making for Students

Dr. David L. Wyrick, Associate Professor of Public Health Education, UNC Greensboro; President, Prevention Strategies, LLC

Richard Clayton, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Prevention Research, University of Kentucky, 1986-2009; Endowed Chair in Health Education & Health Promotion in UK College of Public Health, 2001-2013; Professor Emeritus, 2013-present; Chair, D.A.R.E. Scientific Advisory Board and Member, D.A.R.E. National/International Board of Directors

August 21, 2019, 1:00 –2:00 p.m. (Eastern) Adam Lustig, Director, NSBA Center for Safe Schools will provide an overview, including the content schedule and benefits.

Click here to register!

ASBA Events

ASBA Law Conference, Sept. 4-6

Delegate Assembly, Sept. 7

Rooms at the Camelback Inn are sold out. Reservations are now being accepted at the Mountain Shadows Resort. The cutoff date to reserve rooms is August 14.

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