• The Whole Child Approach


    A whole-child approach to education is one that honors the humanity of each teacher and student, and is critical to equitably preparing each student to reach their full potential. This starts by creating environments of belonging and connection for students and adults to engage and thrive. Halifax County Schools embraces the Whole Child Approach to student achievement as a common interest in growing student agency in a low-wealth district. The district is highly vested in the well-being of its school communities. The offices of Whole Child, Curriculum & Instruction, Nutrition, and Student Services work collaboratively to meet the needs of all students. 

    Explore: What is the WSCC model?

    The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) framework for addressing health in schools. The Whole Child is a part of the Wole School, Whole Community, WSCC model. The model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement, and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices.

    The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model has 10 components:

    1. Physical education and physical activity.
    2. Nutrition environment and services.
    3. Health education.
    4. Social and emotional school climate.
    5. Physical environment.
    6. Health services.
    7. Counseling, psychological and social services.
    8. Employee wellness.
    9. Community involvement.
    10. Family engagement.

    Explore: The WSCC Model

    Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Graphic

    Read the full NC State Board of Education WSCC Resolution.

    Integrating Across the WSCC Framework


    • Integrating School Health Services Across the WSCC Framework/Picture/PDF
    • Integrating Nutrition Across the WSCC Framework/Picture/PDF
    • Integrating Out of School Time Across the WSCC Framework/Picture/PDF
    • Integrating Physical Education and Physical Activity Across the WSCC Framework/Picture/PDF


    Professional Learning:

    This session provides an overview of local/school wellness policies and the NC Healthy Active Children Policy, including requirements, resources, and strategies for engaging district and school teams and establishing and sustaining wellness initiatives.

    This session covers how to assess compliance and progress with wellness policies, report, and communicate challenges and successes for the required Triennial Assessment due June 30, 2022. This session was part of the N.C. School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) Meeting.

    DPI Contact: Facilitators

    Tracey Bates
    NC Department of Public Instruction

    Shauvon Simmons-Wright
    Healthier Generation