ANNOUNCEMENT: Parent Ed Series - CANCELLED!!
Mental Health and School Avoidance - PDF of slide show presentation
Drug and Alcohol: How to Talk to You Kids and What You Need to Know - PDF of slide show presentation
ANNOUNCEMENT: Teen Outreach on Resiliency - POSTPONED!
Keynote Speaker: Katie Fitzsimons
Parents! Put this amazing opportunity on your calendar and bring your teenager(s)! Kate Fitzsimons, an international speaker dedicated to empowering teens and helping them navigate through unexpected, uncertain and unwanted challenges. Thumb's Up, in coordination with ISD 728, among other sponsors, is hosting this event on April 14. Thumb's Up is a local non-profit spreading awareness and resources for mental health support and suicide prevention. Resilience skills are critical to today's youth, and this program will empower your teens and help them build those resiliency skills.
Prevention & Safety Group Overview
ISD 728’s Prevention and Safety group team promotes several initiatives that positively impact our school environment. Prevention is a broad category, covering all preventive measures that promote wellness and inclusion to support a students ability to learn in our ISD 728 schools. Under prevention, this department takes the lead on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health programming through THRIVE, an initiative which focuses on building connections to promote well-being. THRIVE is split into prioritizes several initiatives sub-parts, including SEL strategies such as PBIS, mindfulness, yoga calm, restorative practices and more. THRIVE also supports mental health and trauma informed training for schools and families. Prevention also includes resources promoting health and wellness for our school communities.
Safety is also among our highest priorities at ISD 728. We work collaboratively to foster a safe, secure learning environment as we deliver on our mission to educate, inspire and empower our diverse learners, to shape their futures, help accomplish their dreams and to contribute positively to our local and global communities. Emergency response and crisis management protocols and plans are an important component of fostering a safe, secure learning environment. Our protocols and plans are regularly practiced, reviewed and updated by a team of professionals that includes district staff and community first responders. When making decisions about school safety best practices and recommendations from local, state and national safety and security experts are always taken into consideration. Specifically, safety initiatives include ALICE training, addressing alcohol, drugs and tobacco use, crisis response, bullying and more. Please refer to links for additional information on these topics.