• Social and Emotional Wellness

    As a school district, we approach the care and instruction of our students with a focus on “the whole child.” It is our intent to continue working together to create supportive learning environments that ensure that each child, in each school, feels engaged, safe, supported, welcomed, and challenged.

    When we talk about the programs and initiatives that support this effort, we often talk in terms of social and emotional learning. This area of our educational programming is vital to our ability to enable each child to grow into a healthy adult, ready to face the challenges and stresses of our complex world.

    These social and emotional learning initiatives may be divided into three main areas:

    • People – In order to meet the varied needs of our students and community, we continually examine the need to add resources, including district staff and support from community partners and outside human services providers.
      • Social Workers Central Bucks employs three social workers, one per cluster. School social workers work hand in hand with students, families, and school staff to help support students in crisis, connect families with resources, and provide additional supports.
      • Student Assistance Program Counselors The district has added additional Student Assistance Program (SAP) counselors to support staff in the administration of its comprehensive SAP program, which serves all secondary students - grades 7-12.
      • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training During the February 14 inservice, all professional staff will be trained in practical and proven suicide prevention techniques through the QPR Training Institute. Individuals will be trained in how to question, persuade, and refer someone who may be suicidal, identify the warning signs and common causes of suicide and suicidal behavior, and get help for someone in crisis.

    • Programs – The programs we employ to support the growth and development of our students and the training of our faculty and staff are critical. These include programs that identify students in need of additional support and help us to analyze areas where we can improve.
      • School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (SWPBIS) SWPBIS is a framework that is fully integrated into the school culture. Once implemented, SWPBIS provides the behavior supports needed to improve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes for all students. The program is currently being implemented in three of our middle schools, with plans to implement at all middle schools over the coming year.
      • Second Step Second Step is a social and emotional wellness curriculum that will be piloted in grades K-6 in three schools, to be determined. The program integrates social-emotional learning and bullying prevention to form safe and supportive learning environments.
      • Student Assistance Program The Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides schools with the means to identify, refer, and support students who are exhibiting behavioral, academic, or attendance issues that put them at risk. Secondary schools in Central Bucks have a team of dedicated school personnel who are trained to assist in identifying problems that impact our students’ ability to function in school. The team can also connect students and their families with additional resources.
      • Lunch and Learn Central Bucks High School South is preparing to pilot a Lunch and Learn program. Lunch and Learn is part of a student-centered approach to scheduling that inserts “choice” into the school day. This 65-minute period of time is designed to foster an environment that promotes social and emotional well-being as a foundation for academic achievement and life-long learning. Attached to the lunch period, students may use the time to get academic help, listen to a guest speaker, see a counselor, or participate in another activity in a supervised setting.
      • Social and Emotional Learning Survey Central Bucks has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) survey. The survey of students in grades 4-12 will serve to help the district ensure that our programs and support systems meet their social-emotional needs. The survey will ask questions assessing the CASEL social emotional competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

    • Education – We must choose curriculum that is data driven and which meets the varied needs of our student population. We are committed to educating the whole child. We must also promote the concept of self-care among our faculty and staff, so that they are healthy and able to care for our students.
      • PREPaRE Curriculum The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists. This evidence-based resource is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response. Our counselors, principals, administrators, and psychologists will be participating in this educational opportunity in the spring of 2020.
      • Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines - C-STAG Working with consultant experts, teams including administrators, principals, counselors, psychologists, and others will be trained in Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (C-STAG) that employ a problem-solving approach to helping students in distress and resolving problems before they escalate. This is a data-driven, research-based approach that involves both assessment and intervention.
      • Social and Emotional Wellness Professional Development Day The district has set aside an entire professional development day focused on programming designed to support the social and emotional wellness of our staff, and fostering their ability to support our students. Planning is underway to make this part of the district’s annual professional development calendar.

    Central Bucks is working towards implementation of Pennsylvania's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). MTSS is a standards-aligned, comprehensive school improvement framework for enhancing academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes for all students. Programs like School Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, Response to Instruction and Intervention, and Second Step all fit within this framework. These efforts are a critical aspect of the district's Teaching and Learning Pillar and our Pennsylvania Department of Education Comprehensive Plan.

    Download a PDF document outlining the district's Social and Emotional Wellness efforts.

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