Lexington, MA: Recommendation for more school counselors/social-emotional learning

Sept 26, 2017, Patch Lexington, MA: Meeting Will Address High Stress Among Lexington High School Students 15% of students at Lexington High School considered suicide and 83% felt that the school encouraged academic competition, causing stress. A report that will be reviewed Wednesday night during a joint meeting of the Lexington School Committee and the Lexington Board of Selectmen found that 55 Lexington High School students had attempted suicide in the previous 12 months and that as many as 287, or 15% of the school's population, had considered suicide. Based on the 2,002 students enrolled in the school when the survey was conducted, that amounts to a rate of 2.7% students attempting suicide, which is below the national rate of 8.3%. … The report made several recommendations, some of which are likely to be considered by the school committee, the board of selectmen, or both. They include hiring a senior level administrator in the school system to lead efforts to help at-risk students, hiring counselors and conduct community forums to raise awareness of the issue. The report also suggested adding social-emotional learning programs to the school curriculum and offering a wellness program for staff and teachers in the school system.