Student Wellness: Integrated Student Support Program
This project is part of an ongoing effort to improve the health and well-being of our most vulnerable students in the Enumclaw Plateau communities. Data supports that middle school is the earliest opportunity to most reliably identify student risk factors and make positive impact. These transitional years between elementary and high school are crucial to student success and overall wellness.
The goal of this planning project is to develop an Integrated Student Support (ISS) program within Enumclaw and White River school district middle schools. An ISS model, which integrates support to meet individual student needs as well as into the life of a school, can help our most at-risk students stay on a successful track. Schools are embracing Whole Child strategies, which call for schools to have greater alignment between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. One way to accomplish this goal is through the establishment of an Integrated Student Support model.
In our initial year of planning, we have established an Education Task Force, conducted a needs assessment and identified several interventions to pilot in partnership with community organizations. Interventions include a community mentoring program, parenting support groups and increasing access to in-school mental health services.
The end of the grant period will culminate in a sustainability plan informed by the Washington Integrated Student Support Protocol (WISSP) that will address what additional intervention strategies are needed. This project was sparked by the Enumclaw School District’s desire to better support students and ensure their readiness to graduate high school. While planning is well underway, work will need to be done in the 2019-2020 school year to successfully and sustainably implement an ISS program.
Would you like to get involved or volunteer supporting middle school students? Contact ISS Planning Coordinator Greta Huntley at 360-802-3206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.