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Universal Prevention Team Aims to Strengthen Student Well-Being

A team of five health and prevention professionals is now in place to support the psychological aspect of Safety within select schools in DCSD, through the use of prevention strategies. Funding for the team comes from a grant from the Colorado Department of Education.

Spearheaded by Staci McCormack, DCSD's Prevention and School Culture coordinator, the team includes Janet Hatt, Nicole Mass, Ann Metz, Heather Riemer and Deborah Suzuki.

These five professionals, also referred to as Team U.P. (Universal Prevention), specifically aim to address bullying, school violence, substance abuse and suicide through efforts in civility, messaging, and relational safety. They have partnered with the designated schools to further the current prevention efforts in the buildings, facilitate retreats and seminars, educate students, staff and parents and build and strengthen community partnerships.

Watch for updates about the work underway by Team U.P. They are passionate about their work and supporting the well-being of each child in our community. For more information, contact Staci McCormack, 303-387-0087.

April 27, 2015 | By gcburnett | Category: Prevention and School Culture, Health Wellness and Prevention

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