Brea Olinda meets the mental health needs of college students, families eligible for discounted internet access, and more. – OECD Newsroom
With rates of mental health issues rising rapidly during the pandemic, adding resources to meet students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs has become an even higher priority for school officials, including those in the Brea Unified School District. Olinda.
As reported by Good Day LA, educators at Brea Olinda have seen a shift in students’ behavioral and emotional patterns in the classroom. School psychologist Rachel Miller told Good Day LA that more and more students are withdrawing and isolating themselves from others because of their uncertainty about how to act in social situations.
In response, the district began assigning school psychologists and counselors to each school site to help students adjust and let them know they are not alone.
“The great thing about social-emotional classes every month is that we can walk into the classrooms and let them know that it’s okay if you’re feeling stressed and your feelings are valid,” said District Councilor Erika Rodriguez. Have a good LA day.
The district has also created an online wellness center for students to access additional support and resources not available on campus, Good Day LA reported.
Superintendent Brinda Leon stressed the importance of being able to provide these services, now more than ever.
“I’m still looking for those silver linings in the pandemic and I think the silver lining of being able to focus on mental health is a gift – it’s a gift to society and it’s our gift to our children,” said Leon.
Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:
- Thanks to the federally funded Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible families from pre-K through mature students can now receive a monthly discount of up to $30 for high-speed Internet service.
- Administrators from Huntington Beach High School recently visited the local nonprofit Project Hope Alliance to fill backpacks with school supplies for homeless Orange County youth.
- Orange County High School Students have teamed up to create and build framed spaghetti gateway for the final project of the four-week Engineering Innovation Program organized through a partnership between California State University, Fullerton and Johns Hopkins University.
- Despite improvements, attendance rates in the Los Angeles Unified School District continue to decline as 11% of enrolled students were marked absent on their first day of the new school year.