In November 2014, Live Well Schools and other staff from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) collaborated with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to host a forum in which superintendents shared the policies, partnerships, and programs that had been most helpful for improving the health and wellness of their students.
Since then, HHSA has worked with SDCOE to hold regional roundtables with superintendents, and individual district meetings with key staff, to discuss health and wellness challenges their students face, and how to address health disparities and health equity by increasing access to needed resources for all students.
Through these meetings a need was identified for a focused but comprehensive guide to policy, partnerships, and program resources.
In 2015 the first Tools for Schools toolkit was developed to highlight innovative and effective ways for school policymakers and other key stakeholders to meet the unique health and wellness needs of every student.
Live Well School provided the toolkit to every public school in the county, as well as to dozens of partner organizations.
A third edition of the toolkit features more information about key partners, as well as an expanded list of resources, including a new category of Social and Emotion Learning supports.
The wider array of resources is based on a broader definition of wellness that aligns with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Launched in 2020, the Live Well Schools website and searchable Tools for Schools database was developed in response to feedback from school and community partners on how to make this information searchable and more accessible – an even more critical need today.