Fairfax Co. school leaders share plan to support student mental health

Fairfax Co. school leaders share plan to support student mental health

Fairfax County Public Schools has unveiled a plan to provide more support for students through mental health services this school year.

Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia’s largest school system, unveiled a plan to provide more support for students through mental health services this school year.

At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Michelle Reid said the district was working to set up a “tele-mental health group” that would offer short-term, evidence-based counseling sessions with therapists. for secondary school students.



This move responds to continued calls for increased support throughout the school district. As part of the $3.3 billion budget, school board officials have allocated $500,000 for telemental health services.

“This is a critical issue facing public education and we continue to prioritize professional development that builds staff capacity to support and respond to students,” Reid said.

The district also plans to implement a strategy to support substance abuse prevention in all schools while expanding the Our Minds Matter student club, which focuses on improving mental health. The program is in 23 high schools and four middle schools as a pilot program.

The school system will improve family awareness and implement an attendance campaign to keep children in school.

“I just want to encourage us to stay focused on this,” Reid said.

The details, outlined in the district’s school opening report, focus on progress made so far this school year and next steps for how the Fairfax County school system plans to move forward. to improve.

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