Emotional & Mental Health

  • The District’s mental health committee addresses the social/emotional and mental health needs of our students and staff. As all students return to school, it is important to have multiple avenues to address concerns for our students. The steps outlined below will allow families, students, and school staff to share concerns and use problem-solving teams at each school to offer support. The social-emotional wellbeing of all students is a priority in Cape Henlopen! 

    Step 1: All students will benefit from the support we will provide as the school year begins. Your family may expect the following:

    • A behavioral health screening process for all students in grades 4 – 12.
    • A check and connect teacher survey to connect specific students with a caring adult in the school
    • Parent input information on the nurse’s form related to trauma exposure
    • Restorative Practice Classroom Conversations

    If more support is necessary, Step 2 measures can be considered.

    Step 2: Some students may need more support than Step 1 practices offer. In these cases, your family may expect the following:

    • Support groups available in schools
    • Emotional regulation supports
    • Relationship supports for students needing more adult connections
    • Screening of social/emotional and academic supports and needs for students with 504s/IEPs
    • Problem-Solving Teams for teachers and families to address student concerns (Team may include an administrator, school counselor, social worker, nurse, and/or psychologist)

    If more support is necessary, Step 3 measures can be considered. 

    Step 3: Some students may need more support than Step 2 practices offer. In these cases, your family may expect the following:

    • A targeted plan based on intense or complex social/emotional needs of the student
    • May be referred to a partnership counseling agency to provide counseling or other mental health supports
    • May be referred to a Family Crisis Therapist or Behavioral Health Consultant for intervention 

    Staff wellbeing will be an integral part of the return to school. Not only will staff be trained to help screen for the social/emotional wellbeing of students but they will receive information and tools for their own wellbeing. The district is partnering with the state’s Employee Assistance Program to offer help in areas such as mental health, financial planning, connection to community services, etc.

     

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