Why is mental health important for our students:
Emotional, Mental, Behavioral Health Impacts Academic Achievement
- Even moderate substance use and/or violence/delinquency is associated with test scores a full level below other students.
- Students with depression, trauma/violence exposure, serious emotional disturbance are more likely to be absent, have poorer grades, be retained, and not complete secondary education as compared to other students.
- School-based social and emotional learning programs have effects equivalent to a 10 percentage point gain in academic test performance and improvements in school attendance.
Steps to Strong Student Mental Health
- Sixty one overall actions throughout the district
- Initiative actions range from development of an intervention menu to training for all staff
- Early universal screeners for students to identify and support needs
- Multi-year implementation
- Ongoing data review and adjustments
*More details will be added as the plan is finalized.