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 for when school reopens for in-person instruction.
The district has established an advisory committee that involves shared decision-making and is comprised of parents, students, school building and district leaders, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers. The committee updates the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan, which has been reviewed and updated to meet current needs.
The district will address 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.
School staff will participate in Emotional First Aid training and other workshops focusing on the mental health and wellness of students on the first Superintendent’s Conference Day. In addition, school opening for students will be focused on ensuring a positive transition back into the school environment.
The district will also develop a video that details what returning to school will be like for students. This video will be disseminated using email channels and via principals’ communications with parents/guardians and students.