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Student Wellness and Success Plan


Gallipolis City School District Student Wellness and Success Plan FY2023-2024


Gallipolis City School District supports Ohio’s strategic plan for education. According to HB 166, we have created and documented critical components of the GCSD Student Wellness and Success Plan. We have identified areas of need through a district improvement review, district data, state report card, needs assessment and school surveys. 


Need Justification

·         Improving the healthcare opportunities for students and families in our community. 59.7% of our students and families are considered economically


·         Improving student attendance, academic achievement, and graduation rate.

·         Close the learning gap due to learning loss during the pandemic.

·         Improving and expanding access to mental health and drug counselors for our students.

·         Decrease problematic behaviors at school as a result of COVID isolation.

·         Provide drug prevention programs to combat increased vaping and THC usage among students.

·         Improve student behaviors and reduce disciplinary referrals through counseling and SEL programs.

·         Provide Trauma Informed Care throughout the district.

·         Improve the school climate through behavioral health programs and ensure teacher retention.

·         Provide and support strong family engagement opportunities for parents and caregivers.

·         Allow access to health care for staff, students and families (vision, dental, medical and mental health).

·         Provide much needed wrap around services for students and families.

·         Provide educational programs centered on prevention and improving health (sex education, drug prevention, SEL, physicals, hygiene, eye exams, 

          well checks, professional development and parenting classes).

·         Allow for educational and career opportunities in the health care field with our students.

·         Establish a rapport with local businesses and health care providers for possible future job placements.



Gallipolis City School District Data

Year                             Attendance Rate                     Graduation Rate          Academic Rating

2021-2022                   91.2%                                      78.8%

2022-2023                   92%                                         82%                             2.5 Stars

Economically Disadvantaged: 59.7%


Existing Partnerships

Holzer Health Systems: Athletic Trainer, Telehealth, Part-Time Nurse Practitioner, Community Health Needs Meetings, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Leadership Trainings.

Hopewell Heath Centers: Mental Health Counselors and Staff Wellness Corners.

Gallia-Jackson-Meigs ADAMHS Board: Drug Prevention and Recovery, Suicide Prevention and OHYES.

Health Recovery Systems (Gallia-Athens): Drug Prevention Education, Drug Counseling, and Second Step Program (K-8).

HOPE: Gallia County together for Healing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education Community Group: Anti-Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention and Youth Led Programing.

Gallia-Jackson-Vinton ESC: Summer School Program, After School Program, Family/Parent Engagement, Career Palooza and Administrative Network Meetings

Ohio I See Program: Free Eye Exams and Glasses.

Ohio University: Health and Wellness Education.

Gallia County Health Department: Vape and Tobacco Prevention, CHIP Workgroup, and Vaccinations.

Gallia County Family and Children First Council: Help Me Grow, Youth Programing, Community Health Assessments, Service Coordination and Wrap Around Services.

Buckeye Hills Career Center: Vocational Education, Career Coaches and Drug Free America Program.

Jobs and Family Services: Level Up Program, After School Program, Summer School and CPS.

Gallia County Sheriff’s Office: Operation Street Smart, Trauma Informed Care, Therapy Dog and Drug Prevention Education.


Expansion of Existing and New Partnerships

As a District, we are looking to expand on the existing programs and allow for more availability of services for our students. There is a great need for more mental health counselors and behavioral supports district wide. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have experienced a dramatic increase in behavioral issues, discipline referrals, vaping, drug usage, absenteeism, homelessness, student dropouts, mental health issues and learning loss.

We are currently in the process of starting a sports medical program with an emphasis in health care where students can be exposed to curriculum and hands on experience related to the medical field. This new facility will complement the growth of educational opportunities and career development for our students on our high school campus.

We would also like to extend these services at some point with our families and community members. Successful schools understand the importance of establishing good and harmonious relationships with their surrounding community. That’s because community involvement in schools can help increase access to learning opportunities, employability, enrolment, boost student retention, promote optimism among students, and improve attendance rates of children at school.


Essential Staff and Partners

5 School Nurses (2 RNs and 3 LPNs)

6 Mental Health Counselors (Hopewell Health Center Contracted Services)

Drug Counselor (HRS Contracted Services)

Nurse Practitioner (Holzer Health Systems)

2 School Psychologists (GCSD)

3 Guidance Counselors

2 Career Coaches


Goals for DPIA and SWSF:

Initiative #1 - Instructional Technology or Blended Learning

FY24 Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid

Existing FTE - 5

5 Building Techs paid with funds

Initiative #2 – Academic Interventions

FY24 Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid

Existing FTE – 3

1 Intervention Specialist at GAMS & 2 Intervention Specialist at GAHS


Initiative #3 – Reading Improvement and Intervention

FY24 Disadvantaged Pupil Impact

Existing FTE – 3

1 Intervention Specialist at each Elementary


Initiative #4 – Community Liaisons

Remaining Student Wellness and Success Funds (Prior to FY24)

Existing FTE – 1

Attendance Office


Initiative #5 – Mental Health Services

Remaining Student Wellness and Success Funds (Prior to FY24)

New FTE - 1

School Psychologist


Initiative #6 – Mental Health Services

Remaining Student Wellness and Success Funds (Prior to FY24)


GoGuardian program to identify students in need and Second Step – Social Emotional 


Initiative #7 – Physical Health Services

Remaining Student Wellness and Success Funds (Prior to FY24)

No FTE’s

Vape Sensors & Nicotine Intervention Programming


Initiative #8 – Before and After School Programming

Remaining Student Wellness and Success Funds (Prior to FY24)

No FTE’s

After School Program at Rio Grande


Initiative #9 – Mental Health Services

FY24 Student Wellness and Success Funds

Existing FTE’s – 2.8

Guidance Counselors


Initiative #10 – Physical Health Services

FY24 Student Wellness and Success Funds

Exisiting FTE’s – 2



Gaps Identified

Improvement Review: Domain 3 – Culture and Community

Areas of growth:

·         Limited community health supports available

·         A need for professional learning on how to enforce and build social traits and conflict resolution in kids.

·         Interventions in place to target regular and chronic absenteeism rates throughout the district, at the high school level.

Our region has identified a gap in services with social services, mental health, and substance abuse. We are addressing these issues with both Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid and Student Wellness and Success Funds as noted in Initiatives 1-10.


Remaining Funds

Disadvantaged Pupil Impact not yet been spent at end of FY24? 0.00

Student Wellness and Success Funds not yet been spent at end of FY24? $848,470.70



Through the use of Student Wellness and Success Funds, we have implemented the Second Step Program in grades K-8 District wide. We currently have a nurse and a mental health counselor in each of our five buildings. In addition to that, we have three guidance counselors and a drug counselor that serve students in grades 6-12. Instructional technology and online platforms have been incorporated to improve instructional practices and ensure equitable access to learning for all students. Intervention specialists have been added in all buildings in order to close the learning gaps due to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Success Story

Due to incorporating vape sensors and nicotine intervention programming, we have seen a dramatic decrease in student vaping offenses and usage district wide. During the 2022-2023 school year, there were a total of 157 disciplines for vaping between both schools. Gallia Academy High School had 94 and Gallia Academy Middle School had 63. During the 2023-2024 school year, there were a total of 53 disciplines for vaping between both schools. Gallia Academy High School had 23 and Gallia Academy Middle School had 30.