As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative, researchers from Health Equity Works at the Washington University in St. Louis created the Healthy Schools Toolkit to support school and district leaders in educating students by tending to their physical and emotional needs as well.
The toolkit was created through research conducted within the St. Louis Public Schools District, an urban district encompassing the City of St. Louis and the Normandy Schools Collaborative, a suburban school district encompassing 23 mostly high-need communities.
The toolkit can help leaders leverage assets to better design and implement healthy schools containing the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ASCD: health education; physical education and physical activity; health services; nutrition environment and services; counseling, psychological, and social services; employee wellness; physical environment; social and emotional climate; family engagement; and community involvement.
The toolkit will help school leaders thoroughly examine the existing people, systems, messages, and policies within their school communities to support the health and well-being of students, staff, and families.
You can access and download the toolkit here.