Preventive Measures and Mental Health
District 47 takes a proactive approach to the social-emotional well-being and mental health of our students. We have a variety of board policies (see below) and programs aimed at creating and maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment.
Encouraging Positive Behavior through PBIS
All District 47 schools have implemented a framework called PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports). Staff members consistently teach, model and reinforce appropriate and positive behavior for all students. PBIS teaches students to be responsible for their own behavior with the motto: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.
Social-Emotional Wellness and Mental Health
District 47 takes a proactive approach to social-emotional learning and mental health as we recognize that students are unable to engage in learning if they are stressed or experiencing other mental health issues.
- For students in grades K-5, District 47 uses a social-emotional screener known as SAEBRS (Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Rating Scale). SAEBRS is designed to gauge student risk for emotional and behavioral problems. Through observation, teachers complete the SAEBRS screener for all students in their classroom.
- Sixth graders receive education about depression awareness through a program called Erika’s Lighthouse.
- Seventh and eighth graders learn about suicide prevention through a program called SOS (Signs of Suicide).
Reporting a Concern
Middle school students have access to a mental health resources web page and a Google form where they can report a concern and/or request a conversation from the Clever portal on their district-issued device. The mental health resources web page can also be accessed under the Parents tab on the district website.