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Wellness and Prevention

As we work towards promoting student wellness in all areas, we want to ensure that every student in Douglas County knows how and where to report concerns at their school. Possible concerns may include bullying, stealing, fights, threats, drugs/alcohol, abuse, self-harming behavior, and/or suicidal ideation. We encourage and emphasize reporting any actions that jeopardize a student’s individual safety or the safety of others. Based on students’ development levels, teachers will be exploring this topic in the classroom with their students: Elementary school students will learn about what a healthy relationship looks like by discussing attributes of a good friend. They will also discuss the important difference between tattling and telling and bullying versus normal conflict. Middle school students will explore what “normal behavior” is and what possible at-risk behaviors should be reported. High school students will review 24hour resources such as Text-A-Tip and Safe2Tell, so that they always have a way to report concerns about their or someone else’s safety. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in open dialogues about past experiences when they may have had a concern about someone’s safety. We encourage you to support our efforts by discussing this month’s topic of ‘How and When to Report’ with your student. Remember that if your child shares thoughts or behaviors that concern, you can follow the ACT model (acknowledge, care, tell). There are many resources available to you at your student’s school (counselor, mental health provider, teacher) and in the community. If your child has expressed thoughts of harming himself/herself and you need immediate assistance, please dial 911 or bring your child to the nearest emergency room. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and we at school name will do all we can to support every student’s well-being.

October's theme for Wellness &Prevention is "How to Help a Friend in Need"
Below are some optional activities you can implement:
  • Videos to share with the students:
    • Tortoise Friends
    • Getting Low                                                                                                                                                                              
    •  "How to be a good friend" handout                                   
  • Restorative Circle - sample questions
    • How can you tell if a friend is hurting?
    • How could you show a friend you care about them?
    • Who could help if you or a friend is hurting?
  • Additional "How to be a good friend" handout activities:
    • Class discussion or free write/draw with open question (What are healthy relationships?)
    • Sentence stems (A healthy relationship is..., My friendship is healthy because...)
    • Exit ticket: Name one healthy relationship