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Social & Emotional Learning

The district has implemented programs to address the following mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse concerns: Mental health promotion and early intervention; Building skills to manage emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and engage in responsible decision-making; Substance abuse prevention and intervention; Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention (interventions after a suicide in a community); Grief, trauma, and trauma-informed care; Positive behavior interventions and supports; Positive youth development; and Safe, supportive, and positive school climates.

The social and emotional wellbeing of our students and staff is at the forefront of our thinking and planning. Mental health supports are available to parents, students and staff through a variety of services. School counselors are the first line of support for our students. Additional support is provided to students served under Special Education Services through licensed professional counselors and/or school psychologist(s) based on students' individual ARD determinations. School counselors and nurses will provide ongoing video briefings and training as needed to support families and their students on issues related to mental health and emotional well-being. The development of the social and emotional integration components are strategically aligned to the disposition of learning and behavior. As part of this plan, lessons are being written and added to the curriculum, some of the components will be accessible as outlined in the strategic plan. Key components of the plan will include: 

  • Training teachers on what is available, so they can access a toolkit of resources to support student ownership of behavior.  

  • Building a common language and expectations around being trauma informed, supportive, and inspiring this culture will be key to modeling effective supports.

  • Providing training to administrators to help them build their understanding, compassion, competence, and adjusting paradigms and mind frames on how we interact with students. 

  • Embedding culture building connections in teacher Professional Development. 

Parents and students in need of assistance with physical and mental health concerns may contact the following campus and community resources:

  • The campus nurse;

  • The campus school counselor; 

  • The local public health authority, be contacted Nolan County Health Department which may be contacted at (325) 235-5463; and/or

  • The local mental health authority, West Texas Centers for MHMR, which may be contacted at 1-800-375-4357.
  • SISD staff will engage in Capturing Kids’ Hearts 1 training this fall.  Teachers, staff, and administrators will learn and practice skills they will use and model in their classrooms and schools in order to: Build meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every colleague; Use the Capturing Kids’ Hearts EXCEL Teaching Model to create a safe, effective environment for learning; Develop self-managing, high-performing classrooms using team-building skills and a Social Contract; and Implement high payoff techniques for dealing with conflict, negative behavior, and disrespect issues. Along with Capturing Kids' Hearts SISD has worked to increase the availability of our counselors across the district providing an additional 594 contracted counselor days during the school year.
  • Student mentoring is an essential component of social, emotional, and academic success as part of an effective feedback cycle. Mentoring interactions occur between teacher and student, as well as, student and student.

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