Prevention and intervention are the mainstays of Rockwood School District Counseling Department. Counselors address the academic, personal/interpersonal, career exploration and post-secondary planning of every Rockwood student.
Here are some of the actions the department plans to take for the 2020-2021 school year:
- Consult with classroom teachers about student needs and develop classroom guidance lessons as appropriate to the age and grade level.
- Teach or co-teach social-emotional learning strategies to help students adjust to the changes in their environments.
- Check in with all students to assess their level of functioning.
- Provide individual counseling to students who express fears, loss, anxiety and/or signs of depression.
- Refer students to outside counseling as needed.
- Provide safe, socially distanced group counseling.
- Co-teach lessons on depression symptoms and warning signs and offer resources to families.
- Check in with staff to determine their mental health needs and work with Employee Assistance as needed.
- With building nurses, provide professional development for staff on issues related to COVID-19 and stress management.
- Provide staff development with a focus on how teachers should talk to students in an age-appropriate manner about the possibility of a return to home isolation.
- Create professional development for staff regarding typical childhood reactions to stress and trauma that might have resulted from home isolation.
- Work with local, state and national organizations to assure our district is using best practices of remote school counseling.
IEP and 504 teams will collaborate with parents to adapt student plans to meet emerging student needs. Visit the Special School District (SSD) website for more information on return-to-school plans.