What is Policy?
The CDC defines “policy” as a law, regulation, procedure, administrative action, incentive, or voluntary practice of governments and other institutions. Policies — including laws, mandates, regulations, standards, resolutions, and guidelines—provide a foundation for school district practices and procedures. Sound school health policies:
- Inform, support, and direct individuals throughout the school system
- Reassure families, students, and school staff that safety and health protection measures are in place
- Provide legal protection for schools
- Help contain or prevent controversy
The Importance of Policy
Policy is a vital component of successful WSCC implementation. Systemic change by itself has limited value unless a school community’s policies, practices, and procedures align to complement the goals of the systemic reform plan. It’s important to know, understand, and create policies that reflect your goals. If programs are carried out in isolation, without the support of comprehensive policy, they are not likely to be effective in the long term and systematic change is not likely to occur.
It’s important to be aware of policies at the school, local, and national levels. Policies should influence and drive the initiatives and programming set by schools.
If you have any questions about the WSCC model and how it is used to inform programming at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, please contact WSCC@chw.org.