Social Emotional Health
District 34 recognizes the enormous impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health and wellbeing of staff, students, and families. The outbreak of COVID-19 may have caused fear and anxiety for many of our children. The CDC cautions that the outbreak of an infectious disease may cause difficulty with sleep patterns and concentration, worsen mental health conditions, and lead to increased substance abuse.
We believe that any proactive steps we can take together as a community to assist our students will have long-lasting impacts that will hopefully mitigate any of these potential negative impacts of COVID-19.
The in-person opportunities that are a part of the Remote+ environment will include opportunities for building relationships and social-emotional learning, and will help teachers and staff have in-person opportunities to observe student mindsets and needs.
In the classroom setting (online or in person), students will receive regular social-emotional learning lessons and community building activities utilizing the Second Step curriculum. Access to social workers and psychologists will be readily available and communicated to students and families.
#BeWell34 is the District’s wellness hub with a wide range of tools for staff, students and families, developed by District 34’s social-emotional learning working group, which includes school social workers and psychologists and other student services staff members.
As we work to reach our "new normal," District 34 is committed to:
- Safety & Health: The safety and health of students, staff and families is the top priority.
- Flexibility: We have developed plans that allow us to adapt to inevitable changes.
- Equity: We will provide equitable access for all students and families.
- Connections: D34 will keep open the lines of two-way communication, and communicate consistently, clearly and with compassion.