School Health Council

Research shows that healthy children do better in school - from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. The FCPS School Health Council (SHC) works with the district to help school communities support wellness and academic achievement.

What is SHC?

A SHC is a district advisory council. It is made up of FCPS personnel, Frederick County Health Department personnel, parents, and community members working together to improve the health of all students and families through a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

Why Do We Need a SHC?

Healthy children learn better

Schools play an important role in teaching healthy habits

Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children

What is a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model?

The underlying purpose of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is to establish greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education across the school setting to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. This means aligning and integrating not just policies, but processes and practices that serve each child.

The ten interactive components of the WSCC model include:

  • Nutrition Environment and Services
  • Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Health Education
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Involvement
  • Employee Wellness
  • Social and Emotional School Climate
  • Physical Environment
  • Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  • Health Services

How Can I Help?

Join and attend meetings of the FCPS School Health Council and/or your local school-based wellness team. Become active in supporting local and district initiatives to create healthy learning environments for all of our children. Please complete the School Health Council Membership Application form (pdf or word) and follow the submission instructions on the form.

School Health Council

Health Education Physical Education & Physical Activity Nutrition Environment & Services Health Services Counseling, Psychological & Socail Services Social & Emotional Climate Physical Environment Employee Wellness Family Engagement Community Involvement