Cultural and Linguistic Competency
The Office of Student Wellness counts amongst its core, guiding principles Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC). In an effort to enhance Cultural Awareness across NH school districts and create a culture of inclusion, we have begun work on embedding National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards within the foundation of public education.
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What are CLAS Standards?
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards were developed in 2000 in an effort to guide healthcare organizations to compliance with the federal civil rights laws that require communication assistance (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).
Between 2010 and 2013, the CLAS standards went through an enhancement process. As a result of that process, the definition of health has expanded to include: physical, behavioral, social, and spiritual well-being. The Enhanced CLAS Standards are intended for a broad audience including organizations that provide behavioral and mental health services, and community health and prevention. As school districts look to educate and care for the whole-child in New Hampshire, we see ourselves as one of these organizations.
The 15 CLAS standards provide guidance which can be understood as one Principal Standard (or overarching goal) and three main themes: 1) Governance, Leadership, and Workforce, 2) Communication and Language Assistance, and 3) Engagement, Continuous Improvement and Accountability.