State law encourages districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.
Code of the District of Columbia 38-671.03. Application process.
To participate in the Program, a health care provider shall file an application with the Department on a form to be prescribed by the Department. The application prescribed by the Department shall require the following information: (1) A memorandum of understanding executed between the health care provider and the principal of the participating D.C. School; (2) The health care provider’s plans to:
- (A) Operate the school-based clinic, including clinical staff and other health services to be offered;
- (B) Promote health literacy;
- (C) Coordinate care with parents and the students’ primary care providers regarding any follow-up care including, treatment plans, plans for continued care made by the health care provider, or for in-person appointments with social services providers;
- (D) Obtain consent from parents to allow student participation;
- (E) Engage parents to ensure utilization of the school-based clinic;
- (F) Engage school administrators in integrating existing health-related services offered by the school;
- (G) Obtain reimbursement for the health care services provided; and
- (H) Engage the surrounding community; (3) Funds needed to implement the health care provider’s plans listed in paragraph (2) of this section; (4) Projected number of schools to which the health care provider could extend the proposed model, and the incremental cost estimates for each additional school, if applicable; and (5) Other information as determined by the Department.
Code of the District of Columbia 38–1801.01. Long-term reform plan.
(b) Contents. —
- (1) Areas to be addressed. — The long-term reform plan shall describe how the District of Columbia public schools will become a world-class education system that prepares students for lifetime learning in the 21st century and which is on a par with the best education systems of other cities, States, and nations. The long-term reform plan shall include a description of how the District of Columbia public schools will accomplish the following:
- (M) The development of community schools that enable District of Columbia public schools to collaborate with other public and nonprofit agencies and organizations, local businesses, recreational, cultural, and other community and human service entities, for the purpose of meeting the needs and expanding the opportunities available to residents of the communities served by such schools;
Code of the District of Columbia 38–236.06. Support for positive school climate and trauma-informed educational settings.
(c) For the purpose of providing local education agencies and schools the services set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the OSSE may: (1) Award a contract or grant to one or more nonprofit organizations; (2) Award contracts or competitive or formula grants to local education agencies, schools, or partnerships developed among schools or with nonprofit organizations; (3) Establish a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Behavioral Health or other District agency; or (4) Any combination of paragraphs (1) through (3) of this subsection.
Code of the District of Columbia 38–754.02. Definitions.
For the purposes of this subchapter, the term: (1) “Community partner” means a provider of one or more eligible services. (2) “Community school” means a public and private partnership to coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and after-school-care programs during school and non-school hours for students, families, and local communities at a public school or public charter school with the objectives of improving academic achievement, reducing absenteeism, building stronger relationships between students, parents, and communities, and improving the skills, capacity, and well-being of the surrounding community residents. (3) “Eligible consortium” means a partnership established between a local education agency and one or more community partners for purposes of establishing, operating, and sustaining a community school. (4) “Eligible services” means:
- (A) Primary medical and dental care that will be available to students and community residents;
- (B) Mental health prevention and treatment services that will be available to students and community residents;
- (C) Academic-enrichment activities designed to promote a student’s cognitive development and provide opportunities to practice and apply academic skills;
- (D) Programs designed to increase attendance, including reducing early chronic absenteeism rates;
- (E) Youth development programs designed to promote young people’s social, emotional, physical, and moral development, including arts, sports, physical fitness, youth leadership, community service, and service-learning opportunities;
- (F) Early childhood education, including Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
- (G) Programs designed to:
- (i) Facilitate parental involvement in, and engagement with, their children’s education, including parental activities that involve supporting, monitoring, and advocating for their children’s education;
- (ii) Promote parental leadership in the life of the school; and
- (iii) Build parenting skills;
- (H) School-age child-care services, including before-school and after-school services and full-day programming that operates during school holidays, summers, vacations, and weekends;
- (I) Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled and that offer multiple pathways to high school graduation or General Educational Development completion;
- (J) Youth and adult job-training services and career-counseling services;
- (K) Nutrition-education services;
- (L) Adult education, including instruction in English as a second language, adult literacy, computer literacy, financial literacy, and hard-skills training;
- (M) Programs that provide remedial education and enrichment activities; or
- (N) Programs that provide a full continuum of school-based, early literacy intervention services for all grades pre-K through 3, consisting of developmentally appropriate components for each grade, through a comprehensive intervention model.
District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2413 School-Based Health Centers
2413.1 The Chancellor may accept health services, including primary health, behavioral health, and oral health, from the Director of the Department of Health, the Director of the Department of Mental Health, or from a public or non-profit healthcare organization. The health services shall be provided to D.C. Public Schools students in a school setting in accordance with the provisions of this section, Standard as established by the Department of Health, and an agreement concerning school-based health centers (SHCs) executed by the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the healthcare organization.
2413.2 Health services provided to D.C. Public Schools pursuant to this section shall be provided to students in accordance with:
- (a) The provisions of this section; and
- (b) An agreement concerning SHCs executed by DCPS and the healthcare organization.
Nutrition Education Plan
The Nutrition Education Plan encourages the development of partnerships between OSSE, schools, community groups and organizations, and local businesses to support the objectives of the Nutrition Education Plan and support student health-related activities.