SDUHSD strives to increase school connectedness and provides resources and training for staff and parents to implement activities that promote student wellness at each school. Social and Emotional Learning is about helping students develop a range of skills that they need for school and for life. Our goal is to increase protective factors, build resilience and improve coping skills for all students.
As identified in the Local Accountability Control Plan, SDUHSD is focused on increasing school connectedness. At the district level, we provide training for professional staff members, including school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, teachers and administrators in student engagement and support. Key SDUHSD staff have been trained in strategies for bullying prevention, Restorative Practices, and threat assessments and suicide prevention.
Our schools have counselors, social workers, psychologists, teachers and administrators who are available to support students during the school day. Each school participates in ongoing activities and programs to promote student connectedness and well-being such as Community Day, Field Day, Mentoring, New Student Orientation, Peer Counseling, READI, Red and Yellow Ribbon Weeks, Student Study Teams, Support Groups, and other school-wide activities. Please visit school sites directly for contacts, event calendars and more information. If you have a social-emotional concern about a student, the school counselor is your first contact for assistance.
Parent and Community Involvement
The district and school sites work closely with staff, parent and community groups though advisory council, school site councils, liaisons, memorandums of understanding, parent presentations, principal coffees, surveys, and wellness teams. In 2018, SDUHSD formed a district advisory group which includes a parent representative from each site to work collaboratively with district administrators and site leaders on topics for the district to address in providing parent education and resources around safety, wellness and social-emotional learning. In spring 2019, school site Safety and Wellness Teams began meeting to address site implementation.