SOMSD: As a Matter of Fact!
Social, Emotional & Mental Health Edition | 11.13.20
Our entire community continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has forced us to change our entire way of life including how we work, learn and socialize. As a result, the 2020-2021 school year has been difficult for many students, staff members, and parents/guardians, who may experience anxiety and stress. We recognize some individuals may require additional supports to re-establish a sense of connection and safety with the school environment.
The Special Services department, school counselors, school social workers, caseworkers, the Parenting Center and staff are available to support students, families and staff during this unprecedented time. The District wants to re-share with our community, the social, emotional, and mental health resources that are available to help parents/guardians and students.
Our thoughts are with the entire SOMSD community as we all continue to navigate these unprecedented times and we hope that you find these resources helpful. Continue to be safe and well.
Dr. Ronald G. Taylor
The South Orange & Maplewood School District has compiled a list of resources and services available to students, families and staff. Including support groups, counseling services, remote therapy and more.
SOMSD Care Line
Support for Students
- Elementary School Social Work Program: https://forms.gle/M34PcQYDKbatkySg8
- Middle & High School Counseling Support:
Guidance Counselors - Your child’s Guidance Counselor can provide counseling for your child, can connect you with resources available in the Secondary Schools such as the Social Work Intern Programs, ISTEP or ESS programs, and can provide referrals to an outside therapist.
- Case Managers - available to students with IEPs. You can reach out to them to help plan a response which could include working with a Social Worker, a Social Work Intern, referral to an outside therapist.
The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Learn more about resources to help you healthily cope with stress.
Support for Families/Parents/Guardians
- Future Dates: December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14
- Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/hcp-cekd-jvp
- Pre-Register Here (note, pre-registration is optional): https://forms.gle/rkibQC88xDbPgAP8A
Parenting Center: Crisis Support Series WebEx Video Recordings
- How Does Stress Affect Young Children and How Can We Help WebEx: https://youtu.be/cf41YZkyzsU
- Elementary Students Emotional Supports During COVID Emergency WebEx: https://youtu.be/4Y-oiNQPq9k
Secondary Students Emotional Supports During COVID Emergency WebEx: https://youtu.be/dO0Mwo5UUV0
Emotional Support for Parents/Students During COVID WebEx
How Does Stress Affect Young Children and How Can You Help?
Support for Staff
For more information visit: atlantichealth.org/events or call: 1-844-472-8499.
OLS Food Donation Drive Thru Food Drive, Tomorrow, Sat., 11/14
Help the OLS Food Pantry by donating non-perishable food items and Thanksgiving produce. Donations are being accepted Sat., 11/14 from 10 am - 1 pm. Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/2GVINr7
Tues., 11/17: How to Speak to Your Child About Racism WebEx
Join us on Tues., November 17 @ 7:30 pm for the final WebEx of the fall 2020 Parenting Center Crisis Support Speaker Series. Click here for more information: https://bit.ly/2Ii09i7
2020 Holiday Toy Drive
Help the Parenting Center with donations to support needy families in our community. Click here for more information: https://bit.ly/PC2020ToyDrive