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Governor DeWine Announces Surge in Ohio Schools Offering Student Prevention Services


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Governor Mike DeWine, alongside Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Director Stephen D. Dackin, unveiled a significant rise in the number of schools delivering prevention-focused programs, services, and support across Ohio. The latest Prevention Services Report highlights this advancement spanning the school years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Prevention-focused initiatives aim to equip students with essential knowledge and skills, fostering healthy behaviors, informed decision-making, and heightened awareness of the perils and repercussions of risky conduct.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, an impressive 98% of schools extended prevention-focused programs and supports, with over 93% offering prevention-centered curricula.

“Prevention-focused programs empower students to manage their well-being and health effectively, both now and in the future,” remarked Governor DeWine. “Schools are forging robust partnerships with families and community entities, ensuring that children are primed for learning every day.”

“Students who experience a safe, supportive environment in the classroom are better equipped to achieve their academic and career aspirations,” added Director Dackin. “I commend Ohio schools, students, families, and community collaborators for their collaborative efforts in fostering positive school environments and addressing obstacles hindering student engagement.”

Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, institutions reported a surge in prevention-focused endeavors, including:

  • Over 94% of schools collaborating with community coalitions, organizations, or external agencies to furnish prevention services and resources to families, compared to more than 92% in the preceding school year.
  • A total of 3,192 (92.6%) schools actively engaging with parents and families concerning prevention-focused services during the academic year 2022-2023.
  • More than 96% of schools delivering prevention-focused professional development during the 2021-2022 academic year, escalating to over 97% during the subsequent academic year.

Under Governor DeWine’s stewardship and the Ohio General Assembly’s guidance, Ohio’s districts and schools receive vital Student Wellness and Success Funds and Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid. These funds facilitate the execution of initiatives supporting wraparound services for Ohio’s students, encompassing culturally appropriate, evidence-based, or evidence-informed prevention services.