2020 Fall Healthy Schools Initiative Newsletter

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MESSAGE FROM SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT Dear Healthy Schools Initiative families,

Estimadas familias de la iniciativa de escuelas saludable,

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges

La pandemia de Covid-19 ha presentado numerosos desafíos

for our communities, but one that stands out is the toll it has

para nuestras comunidades, pero uno que se destaca es el

taken on the mental health of our children and teens, as well

impacto que ha tenido en la salud mental de nuestros niños y

as parents and educators. To address this challenge, Sequoia

adolescentes, así como la los padres y educadores. Para

Healthcare District has ramped up support for our local school

abordar este desafío, Sequoia Healthcare District ha

districts in a variety of ways. We continue to fund student mental health services, parent/community education, and teacher/staff professional development such as Kognito's suicide prevention and trauma trainings and CircleUp Education's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainings. We also hosted an inaugural Town Hall meeting on September 17, which focused on “Mental Health Support in Schools During Covid-19”. Our team of health and wellness leads from our eight partner school districts joined a panel discussion along with mental health experts from four local mental health non-profit organizations. I invite you to view the recorded Town Hall. We have a superb team of health and wellness leads (below), and I encourage you to read about the important and innovative work taking place in your child’s school district

aumentado el apoyo a nuestros distritos escolares locales en una variedad de formas. Continuamos financiando servicios de salud mental para estudiantes, educación para padres/la comunidad, y desarrollo profesional para maestros/el personal, como las capacitaciones de prevención del suicidio y trauma de Kognito y las capitaciones de diversidad, equidad e inclusión (DEI, por sus siglas en ingles) de CircleUp Education. También organizamos una reunión inaugural de la alcaldía el 17 de septiembre, que se enfocó en “apoyo de salud mental en las escuelas durante Covid-19”. Nuestro equipo de líderes de salud y bienestar de nuestros ocho distritos escolares socios se unieron a un panel de discusión junto con expertos en salud mental de cuatro organizaciones de salud mental sin fines de lucro. Los invito a ver la reunión de la alcaldía grabada.

during this uncertain time. The pandemic has highlighted how critical it is to be familiar with the services and support

Tenemos un excelente equipo de líderes de salud y bienestar

offered by your child's school and the community at large.

(a continuación), y los animo a que lean sobre el trabajo

Please refer to our Parent Green Folder for local mental health

importante e innovador llevándose a cabo en el distrito


escolar de su hijo(a) durante este tiempo incierto. La pandemia ha destacado lo importante que es estar

Covid-19 has impacted all of our lives but we're hoping that by

familiarizado con estos servicios y apoyo ofrecidos por la

coming together as a community we can overcome some of

escuela de su hijo(a) y la comunidad en general. Por favor de

the difficulties faced by many families. Try staying healthy by

referirse a nuestra Capeta Verde para Padres para obtener

wearing masks, physically distancing, washing hands, and

recursos de salud mental.

getting your flu shots. San Mateo County also offers free Covid testing. We wish you the best as we navigate the 2020-21

Covid-19 ha impactado todas nuestras vidas, pero esperamos

school year together!

que al unirnos como comunidad podamos superar algunas de

Yours truly,

las dificultades que enfrentan muchas familias. Intente mantenerse saludable al usar mascarillas, distanciamiento físico, lavándose la manos, y vacunándosecontra la gripe. El

Karen E. Li, MD Director of School Health Healthy Schools Initiative

condado de San Mateo también ofreces pruebas de Covid gratuitas. ¡Les deseamos lo mejor mientras navegamos juntos el año escolar 2020-21!


Abbe Keane

Andrea Garen

Chris Arrington

Javier Gutierrez

Woodside Elementary SD

Redwood City SD

Menlo Park City SD

Sequoia Union HSD

Abbe has worked for nearly

Prior to her role as Director of

Chris has worked in education

Javier coordinates health

thirty years as a public health

Health and Wellness in RCSD,

for 36-years and the last 30-

services, education programs,

nurse as well as a school nurse

Ms. Garen spent ten years

years as a school psychologist.

and proactive support for the

and consultant to numerous

leading marketing and health

He has been in MPCSD for 18-

students of SUHSD. As a former

schools along the Peninsula.

education projects for the

years, providing social-

teacher and administrator, this

Abbe has been involved in

Dairy Council of California. She emotional trainings for parents

position continues Javier’s

teaching science and health

is passionate about promoting

and staff. He has also been

efforts to develop the whole

education classes and currently

physical, mental and social

part of growing the district-

student while positively

works as the school nurse for

well-being for all RCSD

wide PBIS programs and

impacting academic success.

both the Woodside and Portola

students and their families and providing intensive

Valley districts.

supporting good health in our

behavioral/emotional support


for special needs students.

Kristen Sevillia

Kristen Shima

Mindy Hill

Nell Curran

Belmont-Redwood Shores SD Portola Valley SD

San Carlos SD

Las Lomitas Elementary SD

Prior to her current role, Kristen Kristen has worked for over 20

Mindy began working at SCSD

Nell is the Wellness

served as Asst. Principal at

years in education as a teacher,

as Wellness Director in

Coordinator for Las Lomitas

Sandpiper School, having also

counselor and an administrator.

December, 2013. Prior to

Elementary School District

spent the previous 4 years as a

She has been a member of

becoming Wellness Director,

where she supports the needs

coordinator in Curriculum and

PVSD for 15 years and is

Mindy pursued a career as a K-

of staff, students, and families

Instruction at the San Mateo

currently the principal of Corte

8 educator and administrator.

while also building a culture of

County Office of Ed. Kristen is

Madera School. In addition, she

She also had the great pleasure

wellness across the district. Nell

devoted to supporting

leads the Wellness Team where

of working as an Associate

brings 15 years of public health

programs aimed at the whole

she helps to coordinate social

Director for a nonprofit

education experience from her


emotional learning, health

organization that works to

time at the Stanford School of

education, Positive Intervention

prevent drug and alcohol


and Support and staff/ student

abuse using a community-

wellness activities.

coalition model.


Supporting Students:

Supporting Staff:

From the District Office to each classroom in BRSSD,

Relationship building isn’t just for students in

the focus this year is on building relationships. We

BRSSD, it’s for the adults too. In an effort to

want our students to feel connected to their school

strengthen relationships and build community

community even if they are not physically present at

districtwide, BRSSD offered a 6 week health and

school. With the support of our Middle School

wellness challenge for all employees. Led by

counselors and One Life counselors at the elementary

Shannon DeChaine, fitness guru/owner of Gym

level, our students have been receiving universal social

Class and a BRSSD parent/alum, over 100 teachers

emotional support. Our Middle School counselors

and staff connected and bonded over

ensure all students know how to reach out for support

(re)establishing healthy habits.

through the use of their self-referral process and host regular lunch bunches for students looking for ways to

Participants were placed into site teams and given

connect with students across the site. Our One Life

daily challenges. These challenges ranged from

counselors kicked off the year partnering with general

creating a team name and video introducing the

education teachers to complement and reinforce

team members to earning points for engaging in

concepts and strategies taught through our Social

Gym Class virtual workouts and staying hydrated.

Emotional curriculum, Second Step. Now, more than

Employees across the district not only engaged with

ever, the adults at each site are collaborating to

their site colleagues, but established friendships

ensure our students social emotional needs are being

across the district. The end result was happier,

met with the same vigor as their academic needs.

healthier, more connected employees!

Meet our One Life counselors:

Kerri Haley Cipiriani

Kim Gengler Redwood Shores Kathryn Palza Central


Cameron Wild Sandpiper

Pedro Cortez-McLaughlin Nesbit


Paisley Scarberry Fox


HSI NEWSLETTER FALL 2020 The Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Nell Curran joined the district as wellness

(LLESD) is dedicated to addressing the social and

coordinator earlier this year. She has focused on

emotional well-being and mental health of its

ensuring that foundational social emotional

students and staff. LLESD launched the 2020-2021

learning (SEL) resources are available for

academic year with a newly formed leadership

students and staff. (For her complete bio, see

team that is busy supporting our 1400 students

page 3!)

across two sites, Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle.

LLESD developed an SEL website to house a curated list of resources for staff, students, and

Counselors Jennifer Montalvo and Vivian

families, including lesson plans and activities,

Tavernakis now serve the entire K-8 community

articles, and trainings. LLESD partnered with the

(previously served grades 4-8). Among their many

Institute for Social and Emotional Learning

responsibilities, Jen and Vivian help students

(IFSEL). IFSEL facilitated a professional

develop their positive attitudes, self-esteem, and

development training for all staff during the

resilience; identify student learning needs and

summer, a tool kit of resources from which they

design interventions to support students’ success;

could draw from during the year, and ongoing

provide academic guidance and goal setting;

coaching. As LLESD launches in-person

create a safe learning environment; offer support

instruction, the needs of our students will evolve

during crisis; and coordinate referrals for students

and the this counseling and wellness team is

needing additional external resources. They lead

committed to continuing to support the social

in-class lessons, facilitate small group workshops,

and emotional well-being and mental health of

and provide individual sessions with students as

its students and staff.

well as conduct learning opportunities and maintain ongoing communication with families.

In September 2020, Jennifer and Vivian were recognized with the Kent Award for their exceptional dedication to the LLESD Achievement Academy!


La Entrada Middle School partners with Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) to provide services for students experiencing more acute needs. Casia Ravi joined LLESD from Woodside as the La Entrada ACS Site Manager. She and her team continue to see a strong demand for services, even when offering services through teletherapy.



Meet our Portola Valley Wellness Team! Portola Valley Unified School District consists of 2 schools, Ormondale serving grades K-3 and Corte Madera School, grades 4-8. Our Wellness Team consists of CMS Principal Kristen Shima, Ormondale Counselor Tamryn Miller, CMS

Counselor Todd Patterson, and PV School Psychologist Lisa Scigliano. The PVSD Wellness Committee is

committed to the mental health of all staff, students, and families, especially during these challenging times. Our district’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program follows the CASEL standards and framework and started the year specifically focusing on self care and coping strategies. In addition, students participate in weekly

At Corte Madera School, all staff received

guided lessons and discussions around monthly life skills

training using the Kognito program to increase

led by the school counselor.

awareness and skills around mental health and suicide prevention. In addition, this year we completed the

Staff, students and families have access to meetings and

trauma informed practices simulation to help us

sessions with the school counselors/psychologist virtually

better support students whose behavior might be

and this has been a valuable tool for families that are

related to sources of trauma or distress. Thank you to

struggling. In addition, even though our campuses were

the Sequoia Healthcare District for sponsoring the

closed at the start of the school year, at-risk/ vulnerable

Kognito program for our staff.

students were able to return to campus on Wednesdays for on site, live, counseling support sessions. Support has

This year, PVSD has joined the parent education

been given to students to support anxiety, stress

consortium, Common Ground. Parents of our students

management, organization, and executive functioning.

have the opportunity to attend monthly parent

Parent Meetings focusing on supporting behavior during

sessions with topics ranging from Building Teen

Distance Learning and strategies for success were held in

Resiliency to Raising Anti-Racist kids. The goal of our

spring and fall by our counselor and school psychologist.

parent education program is to provide engaging,

In addition, members of our Wellness Team served on

helpful information and resources to our families

our PVSD Pandemic Recovery Working Group to create

especially during these trying times. Thank you to the

content regarding mental health resources and support

PTO for sponsoring Common Ground for the PVSD

services offered by the district/community.





HSI NEWSLETTER FALL 2020 SCSD School Counseling and Mental Health Team adapted programs and services to ensure students have ways to connect while in remote learning environments. Believe it or not, it is possible to build a sense of community while at a distance


and students enjoy the “lunch bunch” and inclusion activities the school counselors host at each school. Members of the Sequoia High School Gay Straight Alliance are working with Ms. Julie Jobak to design Zoom meetings to support ally

programs at the middle schools. Ilene Bragman School Counselor

Kiersten Daniel-Baca Mental Health Counselor

Briana McCarthy MFT Associate

Kim Arasato School Counselor

Julie Jobak School Counselor

Vivian Garlick School Counselor

Across the district, students log into Sown to Grow to provide weekly emotional check-ins and

learn new coping strategies for managing emotions. Our 4 school counselors monitor students’ responses and follow up with them with resources and a listening ear. One of those resources that has proven very useful is the Zones of Regulation

Here is a link to our Parent Education calendar that you can download. All events are FREE, thanks to the support of our PTACC and SCEF.

curriculum which fosters self-regulation and emotional control.

Check out the Counseling and Mental Health page on our new SCSD Pandemic Care & Support website for more information about lessons, as well as appointment links and resources, including a robust schedule of parent education and engagement.


Woodside Elementary School District has a strong

The SEL committee with the guidance of

commitment to address SEL as a school wide

administration is focusing on teacher support and

intervention and has continued to help teachers

mental health. The SEL Committee will have

train and develop their SEL curriculum in the

themes each quarter. First quarter began the year

classroom through the administration and SEL

with the theme of community building with a lens

committee. Our school wide SEL curriculum has

of diversity, equity and inclusion – providing a

included: introducing therapeutic tools, helping

lesson and ideas to establish a community within

students learn ways to build positive social skills,

their virtual classrooms. The SEL committee sent

and to learn ways to deal with problems and

out a survey to hear directly from teachers their

conflicts constructively.

needs and the needs of their students. The goal of this quarter is to ensure the voices of our staff are heard and we can provide for them adequately. Second quarter’s theme will be gratitude. The SEL committee will continue to build community and self-care through checking in on staff and some

The year 2020 has been a very trying time for

activities like yoga on the field after school or a

students, families, and our staff. We recognize

staff picnic in the garden.

mental health should be a priority and needs to be addressed. Our district is understanding that

Mena Lam, the School

mental health needs are more than they have ever

Counselor sends weekly

been. The WESD Re-Opening Task Force

mindfulness videos to staff.

addressed the mental health needs by establishing

These videos have a variety of

breaking down to 3 different groups and a tier

different techniques staff can

system helping identify students’ needs are and

use for themselves. Ms. Lam

what the support systems may look like.

also creates a separate student video so teachers

In September, Sequoia Healthcare District

are able to use the mindfulness videos. These

sponsored a town hall focusing on mental health,

videos are also seen on the Counselor’s Corner bi-

our rep Nurse Abbe Keane went to share what

weekly on our Wildcats Weekly newsletter to

we're doing for mental health and to learn how

families. For parents and teachers, Ms. Lam has

other districts are handling their mental health

virtual office hours weekly to sign up for



Click HERE to view this week's Wildcat Weekly . Spanish version HERE.



Looking to the Future The year 2020 has brought on numerous challenges for us not only in our local communities but also across the nation. Now is not only the time where we need to make space for others in need to heal but

“By acknowledging the value of emotions in our everyday effectiveness, RULER aims to infuse the principles of emotional intelligence into the immune system of each school, informing how leaders lead, teachers teach, students learn, and families support students.�

also begin to see this as a time to seriously begin the

To better understand Social

conversations on change. As the MPCSD started the

Emotional Learning, the first step

20/21 school year, the focus has been on self-care,

is to actually be able to

reimagining schools, continuing to plan on restarting

recognize emotions. MPCSD is

school in whatever form presented itself, and

diving deeper into the work of

embracing the challenges of this past year by

Dr. Marc Brackett from the Yale

intentionally addressing areas such as equity, race,

Center for Emotional

social emotional learning in schools, and improved teacher support. Through our MPCSD Parent Speaker Series, we began this year's series with author and local scholar Julie Lythcott-Haims, on Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism.

Intelligence, and particularly the RULER method. Dr. Brackett was part of the parent speaker series in October, will be speaking with all staff in November, and will be working with school teams at the beginning of 2021.

Student Well-Being

This conversation continues in January 2021 as

Even during distant learning, our schools have

MPCSD will be hosting a Three Part Conversation on

continued to implement the life skills programs in

Segregation and its Legacy on Education Around

the elementary schools by pushing out lessons from

Menlo Park. The MPCSD has also put together an

the classrooms, joining classes on Zoom, and even

Anti-Racism committee of parents, staff, and

making videos for teachers to share with students. In

community members who are engaged in

the middle school, the schedule was designed with a

developing stronger Parent and Community

Launch period at the beginning of the day where

Education, looking into enhancing Teacher/Staff

students would connect with an adult, see friends,

Professional Development opportunities, exploring

discuss an important life topic, or just engage in a

curriculum, and evaluating current recruitment,

little school spirit (e.g., crazy hat day, eat breakfast

hiring, and retention practices.

together, or do a little show and tell).



Parent Green Folder/Community Resources


Pandemic Restart

What’s to Come

By November 2, 2020, all of MPCSD will be back in


school in a hybrid A/B week model. The decision to

MPCSD staff will be completing a series of Kognito

come back for students was easy but the intensive

trainings to further build an understanding of what a

planning began the day schools went to distant

trauma informed classroom looks like.

learning back in March. These required weekly meetings throughout the spring, summer, and into

CircleUp Education

the fall, consisting of both staff and administration

We are excited to be partnering with CircleUp

planning groups to think outside the box on how to

Education to continue the support of staff with

redo schools, board members working with the

deeper insights of implicit bias, microaggressions,

community, and a District wide task force on

and equity in our schools.

COVID-19 updates. Digital Well-Being

Through the support of the Sequoia Union High School District, Kaiser, and Common Sense Media, the DWB group is working on improving the online needs of our youth today with not only access but digital citizenship. All of this would not have been possible without the support of a

All of this was to plan for over 30,000 PPE’s,

total community working together to

improved HVAC systems and HEPA filter purifiers

support each other in Menlo Park:

for all classroom and offices, cleaning supplies, and

Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation,

weekly testing that began in late September for

Sequoia Healthcare District, and the larger MPCSD

staff. A big thank you goes out to our lead nurse


Lianne Jemelian and the nursing staff for

coordinating all our PPE’s, custodial staff who set up and are sanitizing classrooms many times a day, teaching staff who served on committees, and district leadership.



MPCSD welcomes Chris Arrington to his new role as Wellness Coordinator/Mental Health Lead for the district. You may know Chris from his former role as the school psychologist at Hillview. You can reach him at carrington@mpcsd.org.



Does COVID-19 have an upside? The world has changed a lot in the last 8 months and the

Our Parent Education Series has also moved online. In

impact of COVID-19 has been felt by many families in the Bay

partnership with the Parent Venture and Sequoia

Area. The Redwood City School District (RCSD) spent many

Healthcare District we have continued to provide

months preparing for students’ return to school and

meaningful education and support to our families in

throughout the process we have made many improvements

both Spanish and English. Parent education topics have

to various aspects of our health and wellness programs. In preparation for distance learning this year, we focused on three key areas of health and safety to promote optimal learning for RCSD students: strengthening our mental health counseling procedures; ramping up our parent education programs; and deepening our community partnerships to meet the needs of our families during this challenging time.

In spring 2020, student mental health counseling moved to an online telehealth format after the county announced its shelter in place order. Counseling referrals and requests are now managed online, and counseling sessions are taking place by teleconference or telephone, which has enabled our students to continue to access and receive support from school mental health counselors even though they are not attending school in person. We use an online student counseling request form that allows parents and caregivers to notify us when a student needs support.

focused on critical issues -- mental health, coping with stress, race and racism, tobacco use and vaping -- that impact the health and well-being of children and families. Our new Parent Forums are monthly sessions that provide a safe place for parents to learn, connect and share ideas with other parents in RCSD. You will find video recordings of past parent education events here. There has been, without question, a painful downside to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, as many families have struggled to endure the loss of loved ones, their economic security and their sense of predictability. In the midst of these challenges, there has also been an underlying sense of determination, resilience and optimism. Video conferencing has turned out to be an effective way to meet and collaborate more frequently and easily. We have learned to remain flexible and open minded about how we do business. And, our community partners have remained committed to delivering high-

We also adjusted our Green Folder Suicide Prevention procedures to ensure that students in distress can be reached by an adult should a concern arise during distance learning. The RCSD Green Folder is an easy to follow, step-by-step flowchart for all staff to use if a student is at risk for suicide. It helps staff recognize signs of distress and identify the appropriate action steps to

quality programs that meet the needs of our students and families. RCSD is fortunate to have the support of the Sequoia Healthcare District's Healthy Schools Initiative so that we are able to strengthen the tiers of support for students and families during this time.

ensure student safety.

Perhaps the most promising outcome of COVID-19 is the renewed importance of relationships and connections that will now be stronger and more robust as a result of the challenges confronting us.


¿Tiene ventajas COVID-19?

El mundo ha cambiado mucho en los últimos 8 meses y

Nuestra Serie de Educación para Padres también se ha

muchas familias en el Área de la Bahía han sentido el

movido en línea. En asociación con Parent Venture y

impacto de COVID-19. El Distrito Escolar de Redwood City

Sequoia Healthcare District, hemos continuado

(RCSD, por sus siglas en inglés) pasó muchos meses

proporcionando educación y apoyo significativo a nuestras

preparándose para el regreso de los estudiantes a la escuela

familias tanto en español como en inglés. Los temas de

y durante todo el proceso hemos realizado muchas mejoras

educación para padres se han enfocado en cuestiones

en varios aspectos de nuestros programas de salud y

críticas (salud mental, afrontamiento del estrés, raza y

bienestar. En preparación para el aprendizaje a distancia este

racismo, consumo de tabaco y cigarrillos electrónicos) que

año, nos enfocamos en tres áreas clave de salud y seguridad

afectan la salud y el bienestar de los niños y las familias.

para promover un aprendizaje óptimo para los estudiantes

Nuestros nuevos foros para padres son sesiones mensuales

de RCSD: fortalecer nuestros procedimientos de consejería

que proporcionan un lugar seguro para que los padres

de salud mental; aumentar nuestros programas de

aprendan, se conecten y compartan ideas con otros padres

educación para padres; y profundizar nuestras asociaciones

en RCSD. Encontrará grabaciones de video de eventos de

comunitarias para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestras

educación para padres anteriores aquí.

familias durante este tiempo desafiante. Sin lugar a dudas, ha habido un doloroso inconveniente de En la primavera de 2020, la consejería de salud mental para

la pandemia de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad, ya que

estudiantes pasó a un formato de telesalud en línea después

muchas familias han luchado por soportar la pérdida de sus

de que el condado anunció su orden de refugio en el lugar.

seres queridos, su seguridad económica y su sentido de

Las referencias y peticiones de consejería ahora se manejan

predictibilidad. En medio de estos desafíos, también ha

en línea, y las sesiones de consejería se llevan a cabo por

existido un sentido subyacente de determinación,

teleconferencia o teléfono, lo que ha permitido a nuestros

resistencia y optimismo. La videoconferencia ha resultado

estudiantes seguir accediendo y recibiendo apoyo de los

ser una forma eficaz de reunirse y colaborar con mayor

consejeros escolares de salud mental aunque no asistan a la

frecuencia y facilidad. Hemos aprendido a mantener la

escuela en persona. Usamos un formulario de petición para

flexibilidad y la mente abierta sobre cómo hacemos

asesoramiento para estudiantes en línea que permite a los

negocios. Y nuestros socios comunitarios se han

padres y cuidadores notificarnos cuando un estudiante

comprometido a ofrecer programas de alta calidad que

necesita apoyo.

satisfagan las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes y familias.

También ajustamos nuestros procedimientos de Prevención del Suicidio de Carpetas Verdes para asegurar que los

RCSD tiene la suerte de contar con el apoyo de la Iniciativa

estudiantes en peligro puedan ser contactados por un adulto

de Escuelas Saludables de Sequoia Healthcare District

en caso de que surja una preocupación durante el

para que podamos fortalecer los niveles de apoyo para los

aprendizaje a distancia. La Carpeta Verde de RCSD es un

estudiantes y las familias durante este tiempo. Quizás el

diagrama de flujo paso a paso fácil de seguir para que todo

resultado más prometedor de COVID-19 es la importancia

el personal lo use si un estudiante está en riesgo de suicidio.

renovada de las relaciones y conexiones que ahora serán

Ayuda al personal a reconocer señales de angustia e

más fuertes y más sólidas como resultado de los desafíos

identificar los pasos de acción apropiados para garantizar la

que enfrentamos.

seguridad de los estudiantes.

Quizás el resultado más prometedor de COVID-19 es la importancia renovada de las relaciones y conexiones que ahora serán más fuertes y más sólidas como resultado de los desafíos que enfrentamos.

HSI NEWSLETTER FALL 2020 While the current learning environment is new,

As the demand to be online, in front of screens, and

Sequoia Union High School District continues the

interacting digitally has increased with the

same commitment to providing support and

pandemic, SUHSD is focused on providing support

resources for our students, staff, parents, and

related to this for educators and families. Digital

community. Acknowledging a greater need and more

Wellbeing is the social and emotional health we

challenges to access, SUHSD has made sure staff and

achieve by paying attention to our digital practices -

partners are ready to provide services to our students,

learn more about Digital Wellbeing Task Force

particularly mental health supports and substance

and Resources.

use prevention programs. As our in-class educational components have continued online, we have also

Acknowledging the need to confront and address

adapted to providing specific services through video

equity issues more explicitly, SUHSD is in the

and/or phone communications, as well as shifting our

process of forming a Diversity & Equity Task Force

Parent Education Series to webinars and creating a

based on the work of the Diversity Equity Design

library of videos from previous presentations. While

team that includes teachers from all sites. Each of

teachers and staff have participated in much

our schools is also addressing this topic within their

professional development to adapt to the current

school community and SUHSD has engaged

teaching needs and also have access to services,

consultants who are experts in this field to assist our

conferences, and self-care communities, we are

efforts. Again, Sequoia Healthcare District has

always looking for more opportunities to support

provided support for this to increase training and

them in a way that will not add more to their heavy

awareness throughout our school community and


provide a more inclusive and positive learning environment for all.

SUHSD Mental Health Support Specialists and partners have been available to meet with students

Finally, we welcome and appreciate all of our

virtually and have also developed groups for a variety

students, families, partners and community

of student needs & topics. With the support of

members to help guide and execute this work

Sequoia Healthcare District, SUHSD has increased our

through SUHSD’s Wellness Advisory Council, where

partnerships in an effort to address more student

we address all of these health & wellness topics and

needs and have also made the Atlas Mental Health


app available for all students. Please see contact information and learn more about our services on the

For more information, contact Javier Gutierrez,

SUHSD Student Wellness page.

Health & Wellness Coordinator: jgutierrez@seq.org


Mientras que el ambiente actual de aprendizaje es

Como la demanda de estar en línea, en frente de las

nuevo, Sequoia Union High School District continua

pantallas, e interactuar digitalmente ha aumentado

con el mismo compromiso de proporcionar apoyo y

con la pandemia, SUHSD se enfoca en proporcionar

recursos a nuestros estudiantes, el personal, padres y

apoyo relacionado con esto para educadores y las

la comunidad. Reconociendo una mayor necesidad

familias. El bienestar digital es la salud social y

y más desafíos de acceso, particularmente apoyos

emocional que logramos prestando atención a

de salud mental y programas de prevención del uso

nuestras prácticas digitales - aprenda más sobre el

de sustancias. Mientras que nuestros componentes

Grupo de Trabajo de Bienestar Digital y Recursos.

dentro del salón de clase han continuado en línea, también nos hemos adaptado a proporcionar

Reconociendo la necesidad de enfrentar y abordar

servicios específicos a través de comunicaciones por

las cuestiones de equidad más explícitamente,

video y/o, así también como cambiar nuestra Serie

SUHSD está en el proceso de realizar un Grupo de

de Educación para Padres a seminarios web y crear

Trabajo de Diversidad y Equidad basado en el

una biblioteca de videos de presentaciones

trabajo del equipo de Diseño de Equidad de

anteriores. Mientras que los maestros y el personal

Diversidad que incluye maestros de todos los

han participado en mucho desarrollo profesional

planteles escolares. Cada una de nuestras escuelas

para adaptarse a las necesidades actuales de

también está abordando este tema dentro de su

enseñanza y también tienen acceso a servicios,

comunidad escolar y SUHSD ha contratado

conferencias, y comunidades de autocuidado,

consultantes que son expertos en este campo para

siempre estamos buscando oportunidades para

ayudar con nuestros esfuerzos. Otra vez más,

apoyarlos de una manera que no agregue más a su

Sequoia Healthcare District ha proporcionado

pesada carga.

apoyo para esto para aumentar la capacitación y conocimiento a través de nuestra comunidad

Los especialistas de apoyo de salud mental de

escolar y proporcionar un ambiente de aprendizaje

SUHSD y sus socios han estado disponibles para

más inclusivo y positivo para todos los estudiantes.

reunirse con los estudiantes virtualmente y han desarrollado grupos para una variedad de

Finalmente, damos la bienvenida y apreciamos a

necesidades y temas estudiantiles. Con el apoyo de

todos nuestros estudiantes, familias, socios y

Sequoia Healthcare District, SUHSD ha aumentado

miembros de la comunidad para ayudar a guiar y

nuestras asociaciones con el esfuerzo de abordar

ejecutar este trabajo a través del Consejo Asesor de

más necesidades estudiantiles y también ha hecho

Bienestar de SUHSD, donde abordamos todos estos

que la aplicación Atlas Mental Health esté

temas de salud y bienestar y más. Para más

disponible para todos los estudiantes. Favor de ver la

información, comuníquese con Javier Gutiérrez,

información de contacto y saber más sobre nuestros

Coordinador de Salud y Bienestar:

servicios en la página de SUHSD Student Wellness.