James Hart School Update
September 29, 2021
Mask wearing on school buses
Below is a message from our bus company regarding students not having a mask and/or not properly wearing masks on the bus.
"We would like to ask for your help in regards to students that don’t have, or don’t want to wear masks on the buses. We have had some discussions with our drivers regarding students not wearing masks on the buses and it was brought to our attention that many students are not coming to the bus with their masks. The students will say that they “forgot it” or “don’t have one.” In addition, many students are not wearing their masks while on the buses during the ride to school and to home. We are asking that you make an announcement to your students that they are required to wear masks while on the bus. We are working with our drivers to pinpoint specific routes that are issues but we are hoping that some general announcements will help the students comply."
It is imperative that students have a mask when they board the bus and wear it properly during the bus ride. This is a safety issue and we will issue disciplinary consequences if necessary.
Shield Testing 9-28-21
Each month, the Social Workers/Counselors in HSD153 put out a newsletter. This year, each newsletter will feature an SEL skill that would be helpful for our students to master.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It's important to teach children coping skills that can help them face their fears, calm themselves down, and cheer themselves up. Here are a few emotion-focused and problem-focused coping skills to practice with your child.
- Labeling feelings
- Learning positive self-talk
- Watch a funny movie
- Create a calm-down kit
- Practicing the script for asking for help
- Make a list of pros and cons
To find the full Counseling Chronicles newsletter, click here.