Healthy Students Know:

When to get help and where to get help.

Purpose: To Support Parents, Students, Staff and Administration on our quest to
encourage positive
social / emotional development.

"Life Skills"

- Communicating feelings
- Identifying:
when a peer needs help
supports in and out of school building
healthy habits and the way to take care of self
influence of peers

Respond to H51254
Proactively address: Bullying ~ Suicide  School Violence

Suicide Prevention Framework

The Student Wellness Prevention Framework is designed to promote overall health and safety in all areas, including bullying, suicide, and school violence. It is our mission that healthy students know when they need help and where to get help from. For the month of November, we are focusing on how and where students can report. All students will learn or review how to report concerns about themselves or someone else specific to their school. School staff will be facilitating discussions and lessons regarding topics such as tattling versus telling, what is normal behavior, and how to report outside of school. You can join in on the efforts by checking out the November parent letter and reviewing this information with your child. Check us out next month when we explore healthy habits, self-care, and coping skills.”

As we work towards promoting student wellness in all areas, we want to ensure that every student in Douglas County knows how and where to report concerns at their school. Possible concerns may include bullying, stealing, fights, threats, drugs/alcohol, abuse, self-harming behavior, and/or suicidal ideation. We encourage and emphasize reporting any actions that jeopardize a student’s individual safety or the safety of others. Based on students’ development levels, teachers will be exploring this topic in the classroom with their students:

  • Elementary school students will learn about what a healthy relationship looks like by discussing attributes of a good friend. They will also discuss the important difference between tattling and telling and bullying versus normal conflict.

  • Middle school students will explore what “normal behavior” is and what possible at-risk behaviors should be reported.

  • High school students will review 24hour resources such as Text-A-Tip and Safe2Tell, so that they always have a way to report concerns about their or someone else’s safety. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in open dialogues about past experiences when they may have had a concern about someone’s safety.

We encourage you to support our efforts by discussing this month’s topic of ‘How and When to Report’ with your student. Remember that if your child shares thoughts or behaviors that concern, you can follow the ACT model (acknowledge, care, tell). There are many resources available to you at your student’s school (counselor, mental health provider, teacher) and in the community. If your child has expressed thoughts of harming himself/herself and you need immediate assistance, please dial 911 or bring your child to the nearest emergency room. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and we at school name will do all we can to support every student’s well-being.

Wellness and Prevention February letter