AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) – Bonneville Faculty District 93 is taking college students’ psychological well-being significantly, with the district rolling out a brand new program known as “Assist Alert.”
Superintendent Scott Woolstenhulme stated the district obtained federal authorities funding to assist with COVID-19, one of many key issues that they recognized was a must “higher assist help college students’ social, emotional studying and wishes.”
“One of many key focuses is to ensure we’re responding to college students’ emotional wants as rapidly as you’ll be able to,” Woolstenhulme stated. “These can come via issues like college students which can be having ideas of suicide or self-harm. It could possibly be issues that our youngsters are coping with bullying or simply plenty of completely different points.”
With that got here the thought to create an workplace of social and emotional studying and help.
With a scan of a QR code or a textual content message, college students and oldsters are in a position to report cases of bullying or a psychological well being disaster to the Assist Alert line.
“Once we get these alerts, then it should our directors via their cell telephones,” Woolstenhulme stated. “It goes to Ken Marlowe, who’s our Director of Social, Emotional Studying and Help. And so we’ve a great look to guarantee that we’re these and responding to these as promptly as we are able to.”
Marlowe says a program like this is essential.
“I feel most individuals acknowledge popping out of the pandemic, hopefully popping out of a pandemic,” Marlowe stated. “The elevated stress and anxiousness felt I feel dad and mom and adults have felt a major quantity of that, however so have college students and kids. And so having the ability to deal with that’s extremely vital. If we anticipate college students to be taught effectively at school, we’ve to have the ability to deal with a few of these primary wants which can be requirements, and psychological well being is a type of issues.”
Marlowe additionally stated the district makes a degree of following up with those that have reached out to the tip line.
“So for instance, if I really feel like I am being the goal of some bullying, then I can scan that QR code, make a report,” Marlowe stated. “Then in some unspecified time in the future, I will be contacted by an administrator after which I will get an opportunity and a chance to form of share my expertise. However then I additionally get some follow-up from that very same administrator as to form of what’s being accomplished about it.”