The mental health/social-emotional issues students face today are varied. From anxiety and bullying on social media to depression and dealing with adolescent change, students (and parents) today are in need of the skills to develop and maintain mental wellness. Perry Local Schools has taken several steps in the past year to understand and provide resources for both students and parents in dealing with wellness and mental health issues. Through Federal grant money, we have been able to fund an additional mental health agency to provide student intervention groups during and after school. We have guidance counselors at each building in the district as well as licensed social workers and two police/school resource officers on campus daily. Our teachers and leaders have trained in suicide prevention, supporting people impacted by trauma, and leading restorative care through social circles. District teachers and counselors provide students information on how to say no to substance abuse and bullying, use coping strategies to face life challenges, understand teen pregnancy prevention, and more.
In our continuous effort to improve, during the week of March 9-13, the District will administer a student survey in grades 3 - 12 as an additional step toward wellness and student services. The survey is two-part: (1) Perception of Culture/Sense of Belonging, (2) Social-Emotional assets (e.g., growth mindset, self-management, emotional regulation).
As a staff and community, we want to better position ourselves with student data to identify instructional wellness needs of individual students and respond. We know a survey is not the only tool to better serve our students; however, investing the time to learn and hear from them will put us in a better position to assist. Research shows best results come from ensuring students have positive adult mentors and family in their lives and care is taken to listen, talk, and connect our students to the opportunities each student needs. Every student is different, with their own unique strengths, weaknesses, needs, learning styles, and futures.
Should you have any questions regarding the student wellness survey by Panorama Ed scheduled for the week of March 9-13, please do not hesitate to contact me or your school’s assistant principal.
Dr. Betty Jo Malchesky
(440) 259-9200 (ext. 9206)[email protected]