Social Emotional Well-Being
We recognize that the social emotional well-being of our students and staff during these challenging times is critically important. The district has made available resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instruction.
The district has established a K-12 Mental Health Committee that is comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers. The advisory council will inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan. This program plan has been reviewed and updated to meet current needs.
More specifically, we have a structure in place in every building which allows key counseling staff to sit with administrators and discuss the needs of various students. Our team involves administrators, school counselors, student assistance counselors, social workers, and school psychologists. These are K-12 teams that we refer to this group as a building’s “Mental Health Team.” Mental Health Teams will continue to meet weekly, discussing the unique needs of our most vulnerable students, and developing action plans to encourage their connections to school and community resources. The team has created social stories to help our elementary students and will be creating specific guidance for families related to helping our students prepare for the transition back to schools. These social stories and guidance documents will be shared with our families in August, prior to the reopening of schools.
The district addresses professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as provide support for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff.
Our Mental Health team will provide professional development opportunities district wide. Training will provide information related to all of the resources that we have available as a district. This training will be provided for several stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, community members and families. Understanding all of the resources available to help support our students and staff is important as we decipher the best path of support for our students. Additionally, every level will be provided with a toolbox of updated resources to provide various strategies for students and staff. Lastly, all staff and faculty will receive training on how the referral process functions within each building in our district.
Two visuals will be provided to all staff in their training. The first visual will present all of our personnel resources that can support social emotional cases. Second, a decision tree will be provided to teachers to help them with all mental health challenges that present themselves. This document will also provide tier one strategies that they could provide within their classroom.