Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, ensures each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten through grade 12 education. Specific strategies within the plan focus the work of educators across the state as they address the needs of Ohio’s students. Ohio is committed to working with parents, caregivers and community partners to help schools meet the needs of the whole child, including safety, social belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization.
The state biennial budget bill for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 includes a significant investment to support student wellness and success in schools, enabling schools to provide additional mental health services, wraparound services, mentoring, after-school programs and more. School districts will partner with local organizations to determine the needs in their communities and use these funds to make the greatest impact for their students.
School districts, community schools and STEM schools received the first half of these funds on Oct. 11. Joint vocational school districts will receive payments on Oct. 15.
To assist districts in the planning and implementation of the use of these funds, a guidance document and reporting template are available on the Department’s website or send an email to WellnessAndSuccess@education.ohio.gov.