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- Establish a crisis response team focused on student and staff mental health and wellness.
- Assess natural resources (personnel, existing partners) to determine if there is a need for external supports, and reach out to existing vendor community to assess the potential for expanded work.
- Evaluate staff mental health readiness utilizing questionnaires, surveys, direct outreach.
- Provide resources for staff self-care, including resiliency strategies.
Do Before School Opens
- Liaise with State Education Agency (SEA) to understand and access newly available resources for student and staff mental health and wellness support.
- Develop and staff a direct communication channel for district stakeholders to address mental health concerns resulting from SARS-CoV-2 (this may be a telephone hotline, designated email, etc.).
- Communicate with parents, via a variety of channels, return to school transition information including:
- Mandate school-level outreach to at-risk students (those with previously identified mental health issues).
- Consider procurement of additional mental health assessment services including crisis management support.
- Set district-wide health guidelines
- At a minimum, any child or school staff who develops respiratory symptoms should be provided and wear a surgical mask, be transported and quarantined in a health isolation area that the district identifies, and sent home until cleared to return to school by a qualified health professional.
- Provide guidance to schools for changes to school-based health screening (hearing, vision, etc.).
Do When Schools are Open and Operating
- Encourage schools to implement a mental health screening for all students.
- Establish ongoing reporting protocols for school staff to evaluate physical and mental health status. At this time, there is no guidance indicating that students would submit to a physical examination before entering the school building.