1. School staff training on student mental health.
2. Student access to mental health professionals.
3. Attendance policies for mental health-related absences.
4. Mental health screening protocols.
These four policy trends are important to follow as states think about ways to support students as the pandemic continues.
Resources and Connections
Prioritizing Mental Wellness Amidst Virtual Learning RFP The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is committed to using its power and privilege as a philanthropic institution to advance racial equity in public education. To further advance this goal, Nellie Mae is providing support to widen the lens of education to encompass the socio-cultural contexts of youth and families. In support of their efforts, they have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support youth in the New England area who are experiencing challenges accessing remote learning. Click here to download the RFP.
Connecting Students to Mental Health Care Through Telehealth Technology Approximately one in six school-age children experience a mental health disorder each year, and experts estimate up to 60 percent of students do not receive the care they need to address these challenges. Of the students who do receive mental health care, many access those services at school; however, access to services is by no means guaranteed. Ongoing workforce concerns and unequal distribution of behavioral health providers across the country further complicate matters. As school systems seek to support the whole child throughout their educational journey, some are finding innovative ways to ensure students receive the mental health care they need — sometimes via less-traditional means like telehealth technology.
In the News
How to Use Teacher Voice to Elevate Student Needs Educator Jessica Faith shares howeven without a formal leadership role, teachers can access opportunities to advocate and lead on behalf of students.
NYC schools will offer flexibility on grades. Are the changes here to stay? New York City officials said Mondaythat schools cannot give most students failing marks this year and that parents will be able to choose whether or not their child’s transcript reflects more than a passing grade.
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