The Healthy Schools department in DCSD believes that healthy and happy students perform better therefore they need the healthiest learning environment possible. In order to create these positive environments, we base our work on the Whole School, Community, Child (WSCC) model. Created and researched by Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development ASCD, this model provides a framework on how to best meet the needs of the whole child through coordination of school professionals, families and the community. Our schools build School Health Improvement Plans (SHIPs) with the direction of our Healthy Schools Leads. These plans focus on one aspect of the WSCC model, such as increasing physical activity throughout the day, creating no idling zones, or inspiring student-led health teams. Our work spans across the Multi Tiered Systems of Support MTSS model, in hopes of reaching all students in DCSD. Ultimately, research proves that students who work in healthy learning environments do better academically, socially, and are more engaged. Let’s make it happen together!