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Supporting Students’ Mental Health

We know our students will likely have an even greater need for mental health services due to the impact of the pandemic as well as increased levels of racial trauma nation-wide. To help our students cope — and thrive — we remain committed to infusing social-emotional learning within academic learning in all curriculum areas, and to supporting mental health and wellness for our students, families and staff.

Social-Emotional Supports

This school year, we will increase screenings and trainings around social-emotional health in schools, including:

  • Social-Emotional Screening for students
  • Suicide prevention curriculum taught in 5th, 6th and 9th grades
  • Proactive education to reduce the stigma around mental health for both students and adults
  • Training for our teachers and other school-based staff in how to look for signs of and address the complex needs of students during this time:
    • Integrating training in trauma-informed practices, behavior, social-emotional learning, discipline and COVID-specific health training
    • How to effectively deliver social emotional and mental health supports in a remote environment
  • Our charter schools will be offering strong social-emotional programming, although their approaches may look different. Charter families should check with their charter school.

Mental Health Services and Supports

COVID Response: DPS has a COVID response team that supports schools, staff, and our families across the district as cases emerge. Every school will designate two COVID coordinators that will work with the district COVID response team. 

School-based Health Centers: All 18 Denver Health School-Based Health Centers will be open to support student health needs at no cost to families, including required immunizations. Our centers will also be able to support with issues related to COVID-19, such as assessing sick students and connecting students to testing at other Denver Health facilities.

School-Based Health Supports

COVID Response: DPS has a COVID response team that supports schools, staff, and our families across the district as cases emerge. Every school will designate two COVID coordinators that will work with the district COVID response team. 

School-based Health Centers: All 18 Denver Health School-Based Health Centers will be open to support student health needs at no cost to families, including required immunizations. Our centers will also be able to support with issues related to COVID-19, such as assessing sick students and connecting students to testing at other Denver Health facilities.