Student Services and Interventions
Student Services Supports
Our Student Services Team is ready to help your family make the most of distance learning. We know there is much uncertainty right now, but we believe it is important for all of us to take care of ourselves and our families. While we are away to ensure we are staying physically healthy, we also want to make sure we are taking care of our mental and emotional health. During this time, we understand many different feelings and thoughts can arise. We want to provide resources to help support you and your families while we are navigating this period away from school. Here are a few links to resources on how to talk to our students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, and coping skills.
For information about community resources, please contact Xenia Cornick, Division Social Worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triennial Wellness Assessment
Every three years, school divisions are required to complete an evaluation of the policies and procedures used to promote student wellness. The attached documents reflect the process that was followed and provides the outcomes of the PCPS assessment. The PCPS Student Wellness Policy and the accompanying regulation can be found by clicking on each link. For more information, please contact Katie Wojcicki at email@example.com or 804-598-5700.
School Counseling Supports
Flat Rock Elementary
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
The Purpose of Social Emotional Learning
SEL is the process through which the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to develop healthy self-image, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions are developed. SEL helps clearly state what students are expected to do, using common language, and provides an instructional framework to meet those expectations.
Social-Emotional Learning instruction is grounded in the 5 competencies of CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). More information on each of these competencies is available at https://casel.org/sel-framework/.
- Responsible Decision Making
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
PCPS SEL Overview
PCPS has an SEL Division Leadership team that works together to develop lessons, select resources, and evaluate our SEL implementation.
Elementary classroom teachers hold a brief daily classroom meeting (5-10 minutes). These meetings are an opportunity to :
- provide practice for the social emotional skills that have been taught previously,
- foster a classroom environment where all students feel connected, comfortable, and part of a community.
- establish a student-centered forum where they develop expectations for how to interact with and treat each other.
- effectively communicate ideas, have discussions, make decisions, and solve problems as a community.
- provide opportunities for students to share information and get to know each other.
- guide students in resolving problems and continually revisiting expectations.
The Teacher’s Role in the Classroom Meetings:
- Modeling positive interactions
- Facilitating inclusive relationships
- Improving interactions among students
- Encouraging students to listen and share
- Making thoughtful suggestions and redirecting conversations
- Reinforcing classroom expectations
- Providing consistency by following up on issues that were raised in previous sessions
- Providing consistency throughout the day on issues raised
For the 2021-2022 school year, PCPS teachers are developing lessons based on a common theme. These themes will be addressed across all schools and at each grade level. The lessons will use this theme to teach and practice developmentally appropriate social-emotional learning skills. Each lesson will be approximately 30 minutes in length.
For grade level specific information, click the link for each grade level below. 👇
The framework is based on Second Step activities with the support and adaptations of the administration and school counseling department. Lessons are provided during Academic and Community Connections Time (ACCT). The Scope and Sequence includes units by grade level in these areas:
- Bullying prevention
- Mindset and Goals
- Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions
- Relationships and Social Conflict
These adapted curriculum materials (linked here) were grant-funded through VTSS.
High School - Under development, identifying current needs
Click here for previous social-emotional lessons.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people from the ages of 10-24. Powhatan County Public Schools has adopted suicide prevention guidelines which are included as part of our Crisis Management Plan.
Information for Parents-Talking to Your Child About Suicide
- http://www.sptsusa.org/parents/talking-to-your-kid-about-suicide/ site linked here
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
The American Psychiatric Association recommends that parents seek professional help if their child experiences serious mood changes in which the duration is longer than a couple of weeks. Some of the identified warnings are as follows:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Inability to concentrate
- Talk of suicide
- A dramatic change in personal appearance
- Expressions of hopelessness or excessive guilt
- Self-destructive behavior (examples: reckless driving, drug abuse, and promiscuity)
- Preoccupation with death, and
- Bequeathing favorite possessions
Further warning signs include:
- Impulsivity such as violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away
- Inappropriate responses (e.g., rejection) to praise or reward
- Frequent complaints of physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigues
- Verbal hints in statements such as: “I won’t be a problem for you much longer” or "I won’t see you again.”
(American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1997)
Parents for Megan's Law and The Crime Victims Center
The National Megan's Law Helpline (888) ASK-PFML (888) 275-7365, is available to provide support to communities: on issues related to accessing sex offender registration information; responsible use of information; sexual abuse prevention resources; and accessing crime victim support services. Parents for Megan's Law (PFML) staff provide assistance to the community in accessing their state sex offender registries and prevention specialists provide support to parents and community members to assist in their sexual abuse prevention education strategies. Certified rape crisis counselors are available to support all victims of violent crime and to provide geographically appropriate referrals.
The Sex Offender Registration Tips Program provides the public an opportunity to report registrants who are failing to comply with registration requirements, employment or supervision restrictions or who are in positions of trust where they can access children. Tips can be provided via the Helpline or website at www.parentsformeganslaw.org site linked here. This program is not intended to be used to report police emergencies. Dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency directly for emergencies. Agency deputized staff work collaboratively with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the appropriate follow-up action.
Parents for Megan's Law (PFML) is a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse and provision of services to all victims of violent crime. The organization staffs the U.S. Justice Department-funded National Megan's Law Helpline and Sex Offender Registration Tips Program (SORT). The organization is also a certified Rape Crisis Center and operates a Crime Victims Center providing services to all victims of violent crime.
The federal McKinney-Vento Act guarantees school enrollment for anyone who, due to a lack of permanent housing, lives in inadequate or temporary settings, such as:
- In emergency or transitional shelters
- In motels, hotel, or campgrounds,
- In cars, parks or public places
- Doubled up with relatives or friends
- In these conditions and is a migratory child or youth
The Homeless Education Liaison for Powhatan County Schools is Katie Wojcicki and may be reached at 598-5700.
Foster Care Liaison
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) and the Title I, Part A provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ensure school stability for students in foster care. The Foster Care liaison for Powhatan County Schools is Katie Wojcicki. For more information, please contact her at 804-598-5700 or Katie.Wojcicki@powhatan.k12.va.us.
For Additional Supports
Please contact Katie Wojcicki, Director of Student Services and Interventions, with any questions about how to support your child in distance learning. The best way to reach her is firstname.lastname@example.org.