One component of the revised Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is Physical Environment. Per the Centers for Disease Control, a “healthy and safe physical school environment promotes learning by ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. The physical school environment encompasses the school building and its contents, the land on which the school is located, and the area surrounding it. A healthy school environment will address a school’s physical condition during normal operation as well as during renovation (e.g., ventilation, moisture, temperature, noise, and natural and artificial lighting), and protect occupants from physical threats (e.g., crime, violence, traffic, and injuries) and biological and chemical agents in the air, water, or soil as well as those purposefully brought into the school (e.g., pollution, mold, hazardous materials, pesticides, and cleaning agents).”
So, with spring right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to start thinking about ways to celebrate Earth Day! This day helps draw attention to not only the physical environment, but can also incorporate other components of the WSCC model with a little creative ingenuity!
Texas PTA Healthy Lifestyle Liaison