Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Support for Middle School Students

We know that many students will likely have experienced some trauma during the pandemic, and many are also experiencing stress and adverse childhood experiences. To create the transition to new academic learning in this unprecedented school year, we must begin by allowing sufficient time to address and process physical and mental health needs of students. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an essential foundation for learning and will be incorporated into weekly schedules for all students throughout the school year.SEL instruction in Grades 6-12 is 30 minutes/weekly.

On Mondays, pre-recorded SEL lessons will be assigned to students by teachers. HomeLinks, an activity that your family can do at home, will be shared to practice and reinforce lessons. Staff will assess students’ social emotional well-being through weekly engagements during Teacher Advisory (TA). Hotlines and other important mental health related information will be made available to students to easily access through Canvas.

Additional synchronous lessons will be done during advisory time and through advanced scheduling with teachers to include lessons on topics, such as: bullying prevention, substance abuse, college and career preparation, and scheduling.

Counselors will hold daily office hours and meet with students and families, by appointment.