Self Care & Well-Being
The Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the importance of in-person learning and that schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being. They note that there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often result in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning needs as well as potential destructive behavior such as substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. In addition, there may be an increased likelihood of separation anxiety and agoraphobia in students. Students may have difficulty with the social and emotional aspects of transitioning back into the school setting, especially given the unfamiliarity with the changed school environment and experience.
Return to In-Person Instruction
Our goal is to ensure the social and emotional well-being of our students so they can engage in the high quality education that St. Luke’s School provides. This starts with providing an in-person learning experience for students during this time.
Our Social-Emotional Learning and Support team consists of our school’s psychologist, division heads, students deans, and expert teachers. They thoughtfully engaged in planning for the care of students both during the transition and throughout the school year. Our child-centered approach will draw from the following three programs:
- RULER for socio-emotional regulation and emotional intelligence
- RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM for structures and routines
- ANTI-BIAS GOALS for the development of identity, diversity, justice, and action
In addition, Dr. Marcus, psychologist at St. Luke's School, has compiled a list of strategies for parents for the lead up to school.