The West Virginia Department of Education recognizes that educating a child goes beyond instruction. During these particularly challenging times, we are working closely with national and state health officials to provide guidance that addresses the entire well-being of the child. Research confirms that students perform better when they are in school and their social-emotional, mental and physical well-being are properly addressed.

As we look to the 2020-21 school year, we recognize the importance of the one caring adult who connects our students to learning, ensures their academic and basic needs are met and makes sure no child goes hungry. This focus area represents the most updated information available to address not only the physical health of our students, educators and staff, but also the social-emotional and mental well-being of every individual in the school community. The information available on these pages will serve as a framework for the upcoming school year.