Social Emotional
Support

  • Social Emotional Support

    The pandemic and the resulting closure of campus and move to distance learning has created social-emotion stresses for children and parents. To support students, families, and staff, the AAS counselors will provide support prior to school reopening and ongoing through the school year.

  • Prior to School Beginning

    • Complete a community-wide social/emotional needs assessment to pre-plan and prepare additional supports to be ready at opening;
    • Provide continued non-academic connection time between students and with students and staff (i.e. Wolf Pack Time, lunch bunches, etc.);
    • Offer small group debrief sessions or similar crisis response model for students, parents, and faculty/staff to process their feelings and concerns about returning to school;
    • Provide professional development to all staff in small groups about supporting, recognizing, and responding to social-emotional needs (including a consistent message about returning to school and key concepts such as validating feelings and how to access additional support);
    • Develop a staff well-being support plan (including awareness of available resources, system for getting extra help, etc.);
    • Create a video or other clear visual to share new health and safety procedures with families before coming back on campus to help set expectations.
  • Initial Days/ Weeks of School

    • Keep focus on connections, routines, and feeling safe rather than pushing straight into academic content (i.e. first days to transition everyone back into routines and rebuild connections);
    • Provide social-emotional education around emotion management/self-regulation strategies, problem solving, mental health, etc;
    • Increase counselor availability and create drop-in spaces near counselor offices if someone needs a break;
    • Re-advertise referral procedures and outside resources to school community (students, parents, staff);
    • Conduct short classroom check-in meetings with counselor co-lead to see how students are doing;
    • Continue to provide appropriate parent education to support the transition back to school.
  • Long-Term Support

    • Provide a consistent PK-12 social-emotional curriculum to all students;
    • Provide small groups for moderate needs through counseling department and provide referrals to community providers as appropriate for severe needs;
    • Create a regular multidisciplinary PK-12 well-being team to meet regularly and action plan on identified overarching needs;
    • Use a universal social-emotional screener tool to better identify students in need of additional support including reviewing data/historical information to identify those likely at higher risk;
    • Regular opportunities for contact with all students and counselors;
    • Create well-being education options that community members can access virtually at any time 24/7;
    • Continue a regular welcome routine in mornings (i.e. welcoming staff presence at all entrances where students come in and bus drops off);
    • Continue to provide appropriate parent education opportunities to support student and family needs.