Poverty, family circumstances, limited access to health care and other social supports have a substantial impact on a student’s ability to successfully learn and develop. These facts are not "excuses," they are realities that students, families, teachers, and principals address daily. Community schools are making connections to important health and social supports by bringing community health agencies, dentists, and mental health experts into schools. They offer families support on a consistent basis. All of these services for students, their families, and even the entire community, help create the kind of supportive environment that keeps students health and safe and living in stable families.
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