KEY ISSUES

Student Health and Wellness

Each year, millions of children experience mental health concerns that affect not only their well-being, but also their ability to fully engage in the learning environment. Of children who access the treatment they need, at least 70% do so in a school-based setting — underscoring the role of K-12 schools in addressing student mental health.   

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Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on student health and wellness issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for student health. 

Following increased concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting students’ mental health and wellness, we gathered information and resources to help education leaders support students.

Approximately 1 in 6 school-age children experience a mental health disorder each year, and experts estimate up to 60% of students do not receive the care they need to address these challenges.

In the past few years, the use of e-cigarettes — also known as vaping — has increased dramatically among school-age youth. This issue is compounded by arising health concerns around vaping, including lung injury and even death.

Did you know nearly 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school children currently use electronic cigarettes? Between 2011 and 2018, e-cigarette use among high schoolers increased 78%.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on student health. 

Trends in Student Mental Health
Student Behavioral Health

Mental Health, Family Engagement and School Safety

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