COVID-19 and Whole Child Efforts
Several national organizations have offered guidance for planning for the reopening of school buildings closed due to COVID-19. This guidance emphasizes the need to support the whole child—that is, attending to their basic needs (safety, health, nutrition) and well-being. The notion of supporting the whole child is not new, but the current crisis has ignited a clear call to action for schools to be ready to provide comprehensive supports to address the needs of children, youth, and their families as schools reopen.
Education and community leaders will need a shared understanding of the common whole child terms and phrases as they work to mobilize student supports. This resource provides definitions for key terms and a crosswalk of the whole child terminology to the reopening guidance.