Be Well 365 Recovery Student Lessons, Supports and Interventions
All MCPS schools will continue to provide increased social-emotional supports for students during virtual learning. As students and families are faced with rapidly evolving changes in daily life caused by the pandemic, it is important that the system provides the necessary resources and safe spaces to address these challenges and their impact on education. This work includes conversations on the physical and mental health impact of COVID-19, as well as ongoing national conversations about racism and social justice.
MCPS is committed to equity and excellence. Ensuring we are building a school system where all truly means all is paramount. The district is continuing its efforts to build a culturally proficient staff able to provide the support and guidance that students need. Additionally, MCPS continues to work with the Black and Brown Coalition and other partners to ensure that all policies, practices and procedures are equitable and that classrooms serve as safe spaces for students from all races, ethnicities, religions, nationalities and identities. Below is a description of the various supports and lessons that are in place this school year:
Student Well-Being Teams: Schools have designated student well-being teams that will receive referrals for student support from school staff and families. These teams will provide support to students who are struggling with social-emotional concerns, attendance and engaging with online learning. They will also support the delivery and monitoring of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons. The teams are comprised of school administrators, counselors, psychologists, pupil personnel workers (PPWs), parent community coordinators (PCCs) and other building staff.
Student Psychoeducational Lessons: All schools will implement a student psychoeducational lesson during a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) schedule block before October 2. The psychoeducational lessons provide direct crisis intervention support to students. They provide students with crisis facts about the dual pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) in our nation. They will also provide information on common crisis feelings/reactions, stress management strategies and where to find help. Teachers will implement these lessons with coaching from counselors, psychologists and other school-based mental health staff. Families who have concerns about their child’s ability to participate in the student psychoeducational lessons due to a mental health concern or a prior traumatic event should contact the school administration to request an alternative way of meeting the lesson objectives. The student will also be referred to the school’s well-being team for additional support.
Social-Emotional Learning Lessons: Throughout the school year, staff will provide Social-Emotional Learning lessons to help students effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions; set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others; establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
Family resources: Parent Academy workshops are free workshops that provide information, resources, tools and tips to support student success. The Parent Academy is designed to inform and empower families as advocates and partners in their children’s education. Workshops provide families with useful information and resources to support their children’s academic and emotional well-being, as well as helping them to be college- and career-ready. Through a variety of learning opportunities, the district hopes to strengthen engagement with families and the community. MCPS recognizes that behind every successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who take an active role in educating students.
The Office of Student, Family and School Services is also providing “Parent Academy TO GO,” a series of virtual workshops for families to watch at home.
Families can access additional information about social-emotional support on the following websites:
- Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/
- Be Well 365: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices/wellbeing/index-new.aspx
- Mindful Moment Video Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkZwAghwrSytgi1re_2Sr8Dt8poZCHgP5
- Waymaking Video Series: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/waymaking/specials/
- Virtual Parent Academy Series: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/parentacademy/workshops.aspx