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. We have done this by:
- Providing increased supports to students who will have anxiety or difficulty transitioning back to in-person instruction.
- Tiered counseling services to include more in-class counseling instruction and support.
- A restructuring of counselor schedules to allow for more student contact time.
- Important numbers and available resources posted on school district website.
The district has established an advisory council that involves shared decision-making and is comprised of families, students, members of the BKW 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.
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. This is addressed by:
- Supporting a classroom and building-wide approach of restorative practices. Remote training will be provided to teachers in the beginning of the school year.
- Providing opportunities for mindfulness in the classroom.