Cura Personalis . . . Care for the entire person
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Walsh Jesuit will implement programs, policies, and initiatives that complement existing offerings to better attend to the wellness needs of its students. To properly understand the rationale behind such decisions, it is necessary to look at the recent history and context from which such decisions arose.
During the 2014-15 school year, Walsh Jesuit began a review of its drug and alcohol policy, a policy that had been in place since 2001. A number of factors prompted this review. Disciplinary cases revealed a diminution in the concern expressed by students in their attitudes toward drugs and alcohol use. Students voluntarily met with school administrators to inform them of their concerns regarding the current policy and its effect on the student use of drugs and alcohol. There were a number of fatalities involving young alumni due to involvement with drugs and alcohol. Northeast Ohio saw a major upswing in drug availability and use, predominantly among young adults from middle to upper class backgrounds. And three local Catholic high schools (St. Ignatius, St. Edward, and Gilmour Academy) began mandatory drug testing programs, prompting conversations with these schools to discover more about their motivations, programs, and outcomes.
At the same time, administrators, faculty, and staff members entered into discussions about the mental and emotional wellness of our students. Observations regarding student responses to anxiety and stress prompted informal conversations about what the school was doing to meet all of the developmental needs of its students. Local and national trends regarding the emotional wellness of high school students were examined and convinced the adults within the Walsh Jesuit community that greater attention needed to be paid to how students were prepared for college and life.
Concurrently, yet independently, various programs, activities, and physical improvements were being considered that attended to the spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of students, as well.