Whole Child Support
Addressing the Social/Emotional Needs of Students
Marion Cross Elementary School places high value on educating the whole child, which includes addressing the social/emotional needs of all students. We understand that members of our community may have had vastly different experiences during the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this increased time of stress and upheaval in many aspects of “normal” life, addressing the social-emotional well-being of the students and their families is especially important to us. We will work to help support all MCS students and families as they cope with this difficult time and connect them to the necessary resources to ensure that their needs are met.
Katie Cormier, our School Counselor, and Greg Bagnato, our Coordinator of Student Support Services, work together with all members of the MCS faculty and staff to help address the social/emotional needs of students. Katie is available to support students with weekly classroom lessons focused on social/emotional skills, individual and group counseling, and consultation with teachers. She is also able to provide parent support, provide families with counseling referrals to community agencies, and to connect families with resources (ie; food, clothing, housing, etc.) Classroom teachers and other staff work to establish routines, clear expectations, and opportunities for social interaction throughout the school day, all of which help build social/emotional competence. Our use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and daily morning meetings help underpin development of social/emotional skills for all students.
Once school is back in session, our school counselor will assess MCS students’ social/emotional needs through our weekly grade level educational support team meetings and provide the appropriate support for students and families in need of assistance, either in school or in collaboration with community agencies.
The referral process is designed to be as user-friendly as possible. Families or students can refer themselves or be referred by school staff. In order to access support, students, staff, or families should contact Katie Cormier to share their concerns. Requests for support can be made via email, phone, or in person. Once Katie has received a request for services, we will work with the family to determine the best way to proceed. Depending on the needs of the individual student and family, we may partner with other mental health professionals to further assist the child and family.
We encourage all families who have questions or concerns to reach out to Katie or Greg, We are always happy to hear from you!
Katie Cormier: 649-1703, firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Bagnato: 649-1703 email@example.com
Special Education, 504, or Health Needs
The psychological, physical, and emotional safety of all students is a priority at the Marion Cross School. This also means considering the risks for our most vulnerable students and the staff that support them. These vulnerable students include, but are not limited to, students with compromised immune systems, impulse control issues, or other developmental or behavioral issues or disabilities who cannot follow public health guidance. We will engage in thoughtful planning with individual families and their care teams around specific students’ needs.
In these cases, the focus will be on what is reasonable and appropriate in the school building, including
It may be necessary to plan for transitioning students between options of remote learning, blended learning, virtual learning, and/or alternating parallel waves of each.
Any plan must reflect special education regulatory guidance, health guidance, federal and state guidance, and school operations.
We will prioritize mental health and social/emotional support for vulnerable students.
All students, regardless of ability, will have access to facilities required for safety (i.e. hand washing/sanitizing stations).
A team-based approach will be employed to assess the individual risks to our most vulnerable students. This team will include the student’s parents/caregivers, IEP or 504 team members, teachers, school nurse, healthcare provider, and paraprofessionals, as appropriate to each situation. Shared goals will be created to achieve an education that is safe, effective, student-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. The school nurse will provide any continuity of care between students and their medical providers.