New office to oversee ‘whole child’ approach to West Virginia’s school students

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

June 22, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The eight people who make up the new state Department of Education Office of Student Support and Well-being will begin working together on site for the first time on Monday.

Clayton Burch, state superintendent of schools, announced the formation of the office soon after he was permanently hired for the position to bring together existing programs focused of the overall wellness of students.

“It is about maximizing the resources we have at hand,” Burch told MetroNews about OSSW.

“These eight individuals are definitely experts in their field, but bringing them together as one solid team, we believe, is going to make a heck of a difference on improving the social and emotional well-being of children.”