Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health
The education, public health, and school health sectors have each called for greater alignment that includes integration and collaboration between education leaders and health sectors to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Public health and education serve the same children, often in the same settings. The Whole School Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model focuses on the child to align the common goals of both sectors to put into action a whole-child approach to education.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model is CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools. The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement, and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. The WSCC model has ten components:
1. Health education.
2. Nutrition environment and services.
3. Employee wellness.
4. Social and emotional climate.
5. Physical environment.
6. Health services.
7. Counseling, psychological and social services.
8. Community involvement.
9. Family engagement.
10. Physical education.
- Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) believes student wellness is essential for students to achieve their academic and physical potential.
- GCPS is committed to providing the services and programs needed to promote positive school cultures and advance each student’s academic, social, psychological, physical, and emotional well-being.
- GCPS is committed to meeting the needs of the students using the components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) WSCC components
Listed below is information and the GCPS procedures that support each component of the WSCC Model. Follow the link to view all procedures, GCPS Policies and Procedures.
Nutrition Environment and Services
Counseling, Psychology, and Social Services
Physical Education and Physical Activities
During this unprecedented pandemic, emergency operating procedures (EOP) are in place to meet the goals for student wellness while maintaining local, state, and federal mandates and guidance for slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19. Modifications to the implantation of the WSCC components include and are not limited to the following.
- Include mitigation strategies for COVID -19 as part of class discussion and staying healthy.
- Include COVID -19 as one of the diseases in the infectious disease unit.
- Teach and reinforce hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
- Increased PPE for cafeteria staff
- Continue use of single-use utensils and plates
- Cover water fountains and encouraging the use of individual water bottles.
- Modification of wellness activities to meet social distancing and other guidelines Information on COVID-19 and mitigation strategies
- COVID-19 vaccination clinics for staff and student
- Follow the guidance on isolation and quarantine for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons
- Provide social-emotional support instruction specifically to support the personal choice of wearing a mask when masks are not mandated or must be worn due to returning after ten-day quarantine.
- Improvement to air quality in each facility
- Increased cleaning and use of appropriate disinfectants
- Compliance with recommended social distancing requirements
- Use of face coverings when required
- Use of face coverings on all school buses as per federal mandates
- Use of signs on the doors of schools, facilities, and sporting venues outlining mitigation strategies and not to enter if ill.
- Provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout buildings
- Expanded nursing coverage for schools
- Use of nursing and health protocols for COVID-19
- Provide isolation room for ill students and staff
- Use of screeners when needed
- Use of well student carts for treatment of non-COVID needs.
- Provide screening and diagnostic testing of staff and students with parental consent
Counseling, Psychology, and Social Services:
- Increased focus on mental health and the social and emotional needs of students as they return to in-person learning
- Teach and model strategies to deal with stress and anxiety.
- Provide mask tolerance education to support individual choices to wear a mask or wear a mask post-illness.
- Increased collaboration with other stakeholders to establish consistent strategies for mitigation of COVID-19 and changes to protocols
- Monitor community Covid-19 metrics to provide appropriate health and safety strategies.
- Continue collaboration with appropriate health officials of student/staff are COVID-19 positive.
- Increased communication as to protocols and changes as they occur.
- Provide and promote COVID-19 vaccinations for students that ate eligible.
- Encourage students and staff to stay home when sick and get tested.
- Provide testing information to staff, students, and parents /guardians.
Physical Education and Physical Activities:
- Provide activities that use the recommended social distancing.
- Ensure appropriate sanitation of equipment used during physical education classes and other physical activities.
Maryland State School Health Council
To promote health for the whole child through health-promoting programs and policies by providing leadership and support to local school health councils and state and local agencies.
Garrett County School Health Council (GCSHC)
To support Coordinated School Health (CSH) as a systematic approach to improving the health and well-being of all students so they can fully participate and be successful in school. CSH integrates health promotion efforts using the Whole Child Model.
- Serves as an advisory group for a Comprehensive School Health Program
- Is supported by the Garrett County Health Department and the Garrett County Public Schools
- Offers suggestions to Garrett County Public Schools to support a Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach for students’ success.
- Meets quarterly GCSHC Page is Under Construction and will be added
- Is supported by the Maryland School Health Council (Regulation 13A.05.05.13 (1989) requires the creation of the Maryland State School Health Council to assist with the establishment of local school health councils.) Maryland State School Health Council
CDC Healthy School