Transitioning back to school after experiencing both the pandemic and societal reaction to systemic racism and police brutality is going to be challenging for our students and staff. It is imperative that we plan thoughtfully and deliberately to create a healthy and safe learning environment.
1. District-wide and building-level comprehensive developmental school counseling program plans will be developed under the direction of certified school counselor(s) and then reviewed and updated to meet current needs.
Quarterly Counseling Committee meetings- this includes a stakeholder group of social workers, counselors and psychologists (K-12), Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and Director of Pupil Personnel Services.
Continuous review and revision of the counseling plan occurs building and district wide based on student needs and NYSED requirements.
Update Crisis Intervention Plans (grades 5-12).
2. Each school and/or district establishes an advisory council, shared decision-making, school climate team, or other collaborative working group comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, or school’s board, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers including school social workers and/or school psychologists, to inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan.
Members of the Counseling Committee will address the identified student and family needs such as; loss of parental employment, housing, food, trauma and staff needs Page 28 Jamesville-DeWitt School District
Collection and review of data for continuous improvement (i.e. attendance, academic, student/parent qualitative/narrative data, discipline data, formative SEL/Second Step data, BIMAS progress monitoring data).
Both qualitative and quantitative data will be used to inform the Counseling Committee to enhance the school counseling program plan and meet the needs of all student’s.
3. Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses how the school/district will provide resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional support services and programs.
Development of a district SEL/Mental Health and Wellness Website- The focus is to communicate and provide families with helpful information and resources around SEL/MH. The main page will open to a video on SEL and why SEL is so important to the health and learning of students. Sub categories of information includes;
Second Step- what is Second Step and free videos for families to watch
Positivity Project currently at the secondary level
Fun activities families can do at home to build SEL competencies with their child
Resources- outside resources for families including agencies to assist with Mental Health concerns
Good Reads for students and Good Reads for parents- both of these categories offer recommendations on SEL children's books and ones parents would gain information from. We are using recommendations from Tokinma to ensure equity and are inclusive of all cultures.
Trauma- this includes resources and incorporates all forms of trauma inclusive of how incidents of George Floyd have dramatically affected students and adults
Lessons and embedded work on establishing relationships and community
Talking to Your Child about COVID-19. There is a lot of misinformation. This link would provide guidance for families
4. Each school and/or district reopening plan 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.
Multi-tiered systems of support
Trauma Informed Practices
BIMAS- Behavior Intervention Monitoring System
School Psychologists and School Counselors trained in the Columbia Assessment