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Prescott, AR: "We have seen a rise in our students’ need for social...mental health support"

Feb 23, 2018, Prescott (AR) Courier: Howard Column: PUSD putting children, safety first https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/feb/23/howard-column-pusd-putting-children-safety-first/ ...But in Prescott, as across the country, we have seen a sharp and quick rise in our students’ need for social, emotional, and mental health support. We now train our teachers in what we call trauma-informed instruction, because students across the country come to us with a background of trauma that we need to understand as we work to help them learn. Schools across the country are groping for more professional help with students that have emotional and mental problems. In PUSD, we share a full-time social worker between the three elementary schools and Granite Mountain School, as well as a full-time licensed clinical and therapeutic counselor at those levels. … Our special education psychologists and behavior specialists are dedicated per federal mandate to focus only on students identified as qualified for special education. … Many educators, myself included, believe one of the most logical and effective solutions are school resource officers. There is great experience and research on how to use these officers in a proactive and relationship-based way. Central to this is that they know the school, know the kids, and they have a finger on the pulse of “what is going on” all the time. …