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Full-Service Schools

  • By: Deborah Tharinger & Pamela McDonald Schaber
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Full-Service Schools are designed to integrate social and mental health/health services with educational programs under one organizational system in order to promote the physical, emotional, social, and academic well-being of children. The Full-Service School (FSS) movement represents a new era in the quest to address the needs of children living in highrisk situations (McMahon, 2000). It is a contemporary response to the awareness that children in high-risk environments are often so overwhelmed with getting their basic needs met that their ability to learn is seriously affected. It is well documented that poverty, abuse, chronic safety concerns, family disruption, poor health, poor mental health, and learning and emotional disabilities can seriously disrupt children's learning processes, resulting in a lasting impact on achievement and development, and ...

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