Feb 29, 2020, Cincinnati Enquirer: Mason City Schools' newest hire has four paws and a wagging tail https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2020/02/29/mason-city-schools-newest-hire-has-four-paws-and-wagging-tail/4913611002/ Mason City Schools' newest intern is a yellow Labrador retriever named Lucy. Lucy will provide one-on-one support to Mason Elementary School and Mason Intermediate School third through sixth grade students, according to a release from the district. Lucy will also be available during the schools' group therapy sessions. Lucy will soon be joined by another furry faculty member, the release states. Gibson, a 4Paws For Ability service dog, will provide therapy and reading support to all 2,200 Mason Early Childhood students. District officials state they hope to eventually have at least one therapy dog at every school as part of its mental wellness program. The program is growing based on community concerns regarding student mental health…. In addition to therapy dogs, Mason City Schools mental wellness team includes a mental wellness supervisor, three mental wellness coordinators and a district social worker. Mason High School students also have the option to take Hope Squad, a district-funded, peer-to-peer suicide prevention class….
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.