February 21, 2024

Alamance-Burlington Schools hosts mental health summit

Alamance-Burlington School System administrators say they are committed to proactively addressing the mental health needs of their students during the summer and beyond. In an effort to do this, ABSS is carrying out more checks for students and families during the summer, as well as holding a mental health summit for its staff. The checks are one-hour sessions, and are aimed at families to equip. with the necessary resources and support to promote positive mental health in the summer months. Tuesday’s mental health summit will bring together area nurses, counselors, social workers and other support staff with local mental health agencies. Through group discussions and work sessions, the district said it will strengthen its support network for the upcoming school year. B. Everette Jordan Elementary School in Graham, NC. “Oftentimes, we don’t get partnerships and services up and running until September or October. And at that point – our caseloads are very full.” especially grateful for the grants awarded to the district recently. In April 2023, the ABSS Board of Education approved the allocation of $147,000 in Mental Health Services using PRC 173 (ESER Funding). during the school year. These interns will provide critical services to students during regular school hours. ABSS was selected as one of eight school systems across the country based on the percentage of students who are at risk of economic disadvantage. , a holistic approach to it,” Draughn said. “It can only be one person, one building, one entity. He’s going to build a village.” care.

Alamance-Burlington School System administrators say they are committed to proactively addressing the mental health needs of their students during the summer and beyond.

In an effort to do this, ABSS is doing more checks for students and families over the summers, as well as holding a mental health summit for its staff.

The checks are one hour sessions, with the aim of giving families the necessary resources and support to promote positive mental health in the summer months.

Tuesday’s mental health summit will bring together area nurses, counselors, social workers and other support staff with local mental health agencies. Through group discussion and work sessions, the district said it will strengthen its support network for the upcoming school year.

“We’re trying to be a little more proactive there, which I think is really powerful,” said Meredith Draughn, a counselor at B. Everette Jordan Elementary School in Graham, NC. “Oftentimes, we don’t get partnerships and services up and running until September or October. And at that point – our caseloads are very full.”

Draughn said getting more funding and counselor resources to reduce caseloads will also help, so she’s especially grateful for the recent grants awarded to the district.

In April 2023, the ABSS Board of Education approved the allocation of $147,000 in Mental Health Services using PRC 173 (ESER Funding).

The Department of Public Instruction also granted funding that enables the District to partner with North Carolina State University to incorporate additional counselor interns during the school year. These interns will provide critical services to students during regular school hours. ABSS was selected as one of eight school systems across the state based on the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

“I think if we’re going to recover from COVID, from the pandemic — we’re going to have to take a holistic, community-wide approach to it,” Draughn said. “It can only be one person, one building, one entity. It will take a village.”

The district said it also organized mental health sessions for teachers and staff, covering topics such as mindfulness, physical fitness and self-care.

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