Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

September 11, 2020

FPS School-based Mental Health Services

Thanks to the funding from the 2018 Proposition K initiative, FPS is now fully staffed with Mental Health Professionals in our schools. These individuals work on a daily basis in the schools building relationships with students who are struggling with sadness, depression, anxiety, suicide thoughts, and behavioral issues. In addition, they assist with screenings and assessments of students who are experiencing social and emotional needs. These Mental Health Professionals are also here to support families by providing community resources, help make referrals to agencies for assistance, make home visits, and attend community meetings. They work in tandem with administrators and counselors to meet the needs of our students.

Meet the FPS Team

Information: Fulton Mental Health Screening 2020-2021

The Fulton Public School’s District School Mental Health Team will be conducting a voluntary district-wide mental health screening this fall. The purpose of the screening is to identify social-emotional supports to help all Fulton students be successful. All information collected through the screening will be kept confidential. Screening tools are not diagnostic. Rather, screening data will be used to identify students who may benefit from additional assessment or supports for emotional or behavioral problems. As part of the screening process, teachers in all buildings will complete a brief assessment of students’ social, academic, and emotional behavior. Students in grades 3-12 will also complete a brief behavioral self-assessment. Participation in the screening is completely voluntary: parents or guardians may notify their building counselor if they do not want their child to participate by September 25th.

Why screen? Fulton School District is committed to helping all students be successful at school. The district already provides a variety of emotional and behavioral supports. Conducting a social-emotional health screening gives Fulton School District one more tool to best serve young people in this community. Screening data can help identify students who may need additional help and allows for earlier identification of possible problems. The screening also provides a snapshot of current social-emotional needs of students in the district to inform ongoing improvement efforts.

What screeners will be used? Teachers in all buildings will complete the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) for students in their classroom. Teachers at Fulton Education Center will complete the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) for FPS preschool students in their classroom. Students in grades 3-12 will complete a self-report measure called the MySAEBRS.

Is the screening mandatory? No. Parents/guardians can request for their child not to participate in the screening process.

When and where will the screening take place? Teachers will complete the screeners during regularly-scheduled, district professional development in October. Students in grades 3-12 will complete the screeners in the fall and spring for progress monitoring. The first screener will be given in October. Screeners will be completed online.

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Important Dates

NO School - Monday, September 14 - Professional Development

NO School - Friday, October 9 - Homecoming Dismiss 90 minutes early

NO School - Monday, October 12 - Professional Development

Wednesday, October 14 - Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm Fulton High School Commons

NO School - Friday, October 30

NO School - Monday, November 9 - Professional Development

Wednesday, November 11 - Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm Fulton High School Commons

NO School - Wednesday - Friday, November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

NO School - Monday, December 7 - Professional Development

Wednesday, December 9 - Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm Fulton High School Commons

NO School - December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break

NO School - Monday, January 4 - Professional Development