Social Emotional Well-Being

When educators and students practice physical distancing at school or through distance learning, it does not mean they must lose social and school connections. During the COVID-19 response, it is critically important to place adult and student wellness first to establish a positive, safe and supportive learning environment.

Leading with SEL is essential because children need social and emotional support as they, like the adults around them, navigate the unprecedented challenges of alternative learning contexts and because SEL helps students access academic content through building essential self-management skills, resilience and connections.

Recognizing 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 instructions.

Specifically, we will:

• Create a link to the District’s Comprehensive School Counseling Plan and post in a location that can be accessed by all.
• Ensure the district’s Social Emotional Learning /Mental Health Committee will meet monthly and representatives from each building will then report to the building-level advisory committees.
• Continue to support referrals to mental health professionals from all district stakeholders. The referrals can come from teachers, parents, administrators, students, students self-reporting and/or through mental health staff.
• Utilize the RtI process to identify students who need support. Additionally, our mental health staff will use other indicators such as attendance and lack of engagement in online learning as reported by teachers, to identify students who might be experiencing mental health issues.
• Utilize the SEL assessment option on the daily health screener for students to identify individual areas of support. The results will help the mental health staff determine what type of tiered intervention(s) students need so they can be successful during the year.
• Continue to utilize restorative practices and the process of using circles in the classroom to build relationships via in-person or during remote instruction.
• Offer a multitiered support system.
• Provide a comprehensive professional development plan for SEL.
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