During this pandemic, young people, their family members, and school staff are experiencing additional stressors and overlapping responsibilities. The exhaustion – both mental and emotional – is real, and important to address.
A new learning series from the San Diego County Office of Education System of Supports team not only offers specific resources and tools, but will also model practices that strengthen care for ourselves and each other.
“The ongoing weight of the pandemic, the blurred lines between home and work, and the emotional toll of caring for family members – it’s a lot for the adults who are caring for children, who are experiencing their own challenges,” explained Melissa Spadin, director System of Supports. “One of our session themes is ‘self-care,’ but not in a shallow way. We’ll be looking at creating boundaries, acknowledging that self-care cannot happen in a vacuum.”
One way to support those in the school community is by ensuring each person has opportunities to reflect and contribute, pause to process their emotions and thoughts, connect and collaborate with their peers, and promote empathy for one another and those most impacted by the virus, Spadin said.
Social and emotional learning isn’t just for school counselors or those who focus on providing behavioral supports for students. It’s essential work that should extend across a school system, including for students and families, for the well-being and success of every stakeholder.
“Student and adult social and emotional well-being is the responsibility of all adults in the system,” shared Felicia Singleton-Daniel, director System of Supports. “From the bus driver to the school counselor, the classroom teacher to the office staff, all adults have a role in creating a positive environment for students to learn, adults to work, and each person to thrive.”
The new sessions focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) and implementation of practices at different levels. The courses will be available on-demand following the live, virtual session. Click the title link to register and learn more about each. Participants don’t have to attend every session in the course to benefit from the learning.