The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Gov. Mike DeWine's office Friday launched a new website designed to provide schools information and resources on meeting student wellness needs.
The website comes alongside the $675 million in Student Wellness and Success funding included in HB166 (Oelslager), the biennial operating budget, allocated to schools for use on mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring, after-schools programs, etc.
“Ohio’s children are facing unprecedented challenges, and they are bringing these challenges into the classroom. That’s why I worked with the Legislature to create a new $675 million fund called Student Wellness and Success, designed to help meet the social and emotional needs of our students,” DeWine said in a statement.
“This new website is designed to be a tool for schools as they begin their work with community partners designing Student Wellness and Success programs to meet their students’ needs.A student’s overall wellness impacts their ability to learn, and, with a new focus on meeting these needs, we can encourage a lifetime of success for Ohio’s kids.”
Information on the website is meant to help schools develop student wellness plans that support the academic achievement of students. School are required to use their Student Wellness and Success funding in partnership with a community organization, such as a board of alcohol, drug and mental health services; an educational service center; a county department of job and family services; or a public hospital agency.
“Today’s website launch provides a terrific opportunity for schools to access helpful information as they implement Student Wellness and Success Funding,” said Superintendent Paolo DeMaria. “I encourage school leaders and parents to check out the fantastic resources available to them on this site and to continue to engage with community partners and the Department of Education in our joint effort to support the needs of the whole child and their mental health.”
The website can be found at Education.Ohio.gov/WellnessAndSuccess. The governor's office notes that it will continue to be updated as further guidance and resources become available.