The Charleston County School District (CCSD) in South Carolina, a Project Prevent grantee, recently adopted CASEL’s Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening School. As part of Critical Practice 2 of the approach (design opportunities where adults can connect, heal, and build their capacity to support students), the district committed to providing a more universal approach to adult mental health and self-care. In support of the grant, when teacher leaders made a formal request for additional mental health supports, the district capitalized on International Self-Care Week (November 16 – 22) and focused on self-care for faculty and staff the entire month of November. Activities included a Virtual Calming Room, Listening Circles, Administrator and Educator Resources, and numerous Professional Learning (self -care) sessions for staff. School leaders were encouraged to tie adult wellness to their School Wellness incentive programs. While November went by quickly, the resources continue to be available. District-wide principal meetings start with a connections/SEL activity and self-care strategies are included in the Climate Coaches monthly newsletter. Next, CCSD plans to focus on expanding student self-care opportunities.
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