Social-Emotional Well-Being

  • The district recognizes that the social-emotional well-being of 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 and staff.

    The district will address the pandemic as a TIG (Trauma, Illness and Grief) event. As such, the district will have mental health staff prepared to triage situations and support students as needed. The district will also work to train staff to provide them with the skills to provide students the supports they will require.

    Students will be surveyed to assess their emotional wellness:

    • For students in grades K-5: parents/guardians will complete the survey on each child’s behalf
    • For students in grades 6-12: students will complete the survey themselves

    The results of the survey will be received by August 14, 2020. The results will be reviewed for specific student needs and overall data trends which will help inform both our preopening and ongoing professional development. Follow-up surveys will be provided to assess emotional well-being periodically during the school year.

    The district will review its comprehensive counseling plan and revise as necessary. Mental health support will be provided to staff, students and parents/guardians as needed. Students requiring mental health support will be referred to school mental health professionals. Outreach initiatives will be in place for students who do not return to school in the fall. Special considerations are warranted for students with pre-existing anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions; children with a prior history of trauma or loss; and students in early education who may be particularly sensitive to disruptions in routine and caregivers. The district recognizes that students facing other challenges, such as poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness, and those subjected to ongoing racial inequities may benefit from additional support and assistance.

    The district has a comprehensive school counseling plan which was developed under the direction of certified school counselors. The plan is reviewed periodically and updated as needed. In addition, the district has established an advisory council that involves shared decision-making and is comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, school building and district, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers. The advisory council informed the development of the comprehensive school counseling program plan. This program plan will be reviewed and updated to meet current needs.

    Resources such as Employee Assistance Programs and other means to provide support and mental health services to staff will be established prior to reopening. EAP information is available for staff on the Staff Intranet.

    The district will address professional development opportunities for staff regarding 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.

    Instructional staff will be provided training in the following areas prior to students attending:

    • Social-Emotional Learning, with topics to include:
      • Trauma-informed practices for the classroom setting
      • Utilizing community circles
      • Resiliency in the classroom setting
    • Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education, with topics to include:
      • Creating a welcoming and affirming environment
      • Communication skills and social injustices
      • CR-SE Instructional practices