The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced this month that Galt High School has earned Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll. Galt is the first school in California to earn Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll.

The newly instituted NFHS School Honor Roll is a national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (www.NFHSLearn.com).

In earning Level 1 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Galt High School completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”

“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Galt High School for taking this significant step in prioritizing professional development,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “These four courses will definitely help the coaches at Galt High School to handle the daily challenges in high school sports and should serve as a challenge for other schools to follow their example.”

“We are very proud of our coaching staff and their dedication to their own professional development in an effort to support our student-athletes,” said Kellie Beck, principal of Galt High School. “I look forward to working with our coaches and staff to achieve the next level of certification. As a community, we all understand the importance of providing quality professional development to our coaching staff who have an incredible influence on our youth.”

As a physical sign of completing Level 1 certification, Galt will receive a large display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate its accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.

Schools can earn Level 2 status (and a Level 2 banner) on the NFHS School Honor Roll when more than 90 percent of their coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and  Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”

A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.

“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.