West Virginia’s students are suffering from the fallout of the Opioid Epidemic that is engulfing the state’s adults. The trauma these children are experiencing at home is affecting not only their ability to learn but their entire lives. Violent and erratic behavior — most likely a response to toxic stress — is increasing in frequency, duration, and intensity, especially among younger children. In today’s classrooms, teachers and administrators are having to address students’ most basic physical, social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs before they can provide classroom instruction, putting additional burdens on educators and staff already stretched to capacity.

What are teachers saying about how the Opioid Epidemic is impacting their classrooms?


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Prevention Resources and Events by Regions


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ReClaimWV Strategic Plan


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ReClaimWV Toolkit


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ReClaimWV Flyer


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ReClaimWV Resources


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Useful WVDE and WV State Agencies Resources

CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) has been conducted among a representative sample of West Virginia high school and middle school students since 1993. This survey, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asks students about a variety of risky and protective health related behaviors. It is administered every other year.

CDC School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles (Profiles), also developed by the CDC, are administered to high school and middle school administrators and their lead health educators. Conducted every other year, these surveys focus on school policies, procedures, and practices related to health, safety, and wellbeing.

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Safe and Supportive Schools


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Body Safety Toolkit


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Common Ground


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Communities in Schools


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Policy 2520.5

West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Wellness Education

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Policy 2520.19

West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Dispositions and Standards for Student Success for Grades K-12

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Graduation 20/20


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Jobs & Hope WV


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CDC - Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


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WV SBHC Directory (2019 - 2020)

Directory of West Virginia School-Based Health Center Services and Other Useful Resources

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WVDE Disclaimer

Please Note: Links to resources outside the West Virginia Department of Education’s website do not constitute an endorsement by the WVDE. Users should vet linked resources to meet audience needs.