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Assessment and Planning Tool

Developing a healthy school environment using the WSCC model starts with a process of building trust, and collaborative relationships among administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members.  Planning processes vary across districts and schools based upon school leadership, policies, culture, school and community needs and assets, staff availability, time, resources, family engagement, and community involvement.  If planned, implemented, and evaluated appropriately, WSCC has the potential to focus community education and health resources; engage parents and community members in school decision-making and activities; increase the connectedness of students to schools, communities, and their families; promote a healthier school environment; and improve the professional practices of teachers, administrators, and school staff.  These outcomes should not only increase the likelihood of better health and academic success for students, but lead to an improved school and community life in the here, now, and future.   


Planning for implementation of the WSCC model will require careful consideration of student needs, resources, policies, school climate and culture, accountability measures, administrative support and community assets and resources.  The planning process includes gathering information on the interest, readiness, and capacity of the districts to engage in comprehensive system analysis

How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools: Explains public school governance and structure for those wanting to partner with schools to improve the health, safety, and well-being of all students and ensure they are successful in their academic pursuits.

School Health Index:  A planning guide designed to help schools provide their students with the knowledge and skills to lead healthy lives through the identification of strengths and weaknesses of the school’s policies and programs for promoting health and safety. 

Wellness School Assessment Tool (WellSAT): Allows school districts and schools to assess the quality of their wellness policy and provides guidance and resources for making improvements, based on the assessment. 

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT):  Can help school districts and schools to conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the national health education standards. 

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT): A planning guide to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula based on the national physical education standards.

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Last updated 8/20/15