Social Emotional & Mental Health NEEDS Assessment (9/8-9/15)
What is an SEL/MH Needs Assessment and why are we doing it?
The SEL/MH Needs Assessment is a tool that allows you to share a little bit of your experiences over the past five months. Each school building has staff (school counselors, mental health providers, and social-emotional learning specialists) there to support your child’s social and emotional wellbeing. The assessment allows you to directly tell us if you would like one of these providers to connect with you. It also provides you an opportunity to tell us if we need to support you and your family by connecting you to available resources. This assessment will also help staff and administrators “keep a pulse” on the social and emotional wellbeing of the entire school. These are incredibly stressful times, and we want to make sure that every student feels seen, heard, valued, and has the support they need to succeed.
What do you mean by mental health?
Just as each person has physical health, everyone has mental health as well. Mental health is basically how you are doing. This can range from how you are currently dealing with stress, to how your relationships with others are going, to your ability to manage your feelings and mood. We all get stressed, but how we handle that stress defines our mental health.
There are times you may need immediate help or to talk to someone urgently about your mental health. If you need immediate help please contact, Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255.
Who is going to see my assessment?
Your responses are confidential but not anonymous. Your individual answers will only be seen by your school’s administration (principal or assistant principal), mental health providers, and social-emotional learning specialists. School aggregate data (a summary of everyone’s responses) will be shared with teachers and to district-level administrators.
So how does the assessment work?
The assessment has eight questions and will only take a few minutes to complete. Your child’s teacher sent the survey link in an email to you on September 8, 2020.
We ask that you complete the assessment with your child. The assessment is completely voluntary. Every family will receive the email but if you would prefer your child not participate in this opportunity simply do not take the assessment.
If you have more than one student at this school, please complete a separate assessment for each student. This assessment is school-specific, so please look for an email from each school if you have students at multiple Adams 12 schools.
What This Means to You as a Parent
Based on your family’s needs, you might be contacted by a School Counselor, Mental Health Provider, and/or Social Emotional Learning Specialist depending on how you and your student respond to the assessment. Schools have many ways to connect with students and identify students that need support, this assessment provides one more way for us to guarantee that we are making connections with students and providing necessary support.
Where can I get more information?
Feel free to talk to ARE’s Mental Health providers, Stephanie Phillips or Amy Stice, and ARE’s principals, Justina Carney and Nikki Sirko if you have any questions or concerns about filling out this assessment.
We thank you for your time and participation in this survey.
To access the survey link, please reach out to your child’s teacher or check your email dated 9/8/2020 and titled SEL/MH Needs Assessment.