Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/9/2020 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 3. Report with Possible Action Regarding the MPS Mental Health Initiative
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Background: In March 2020, the Board adopted Resolution 1920R-011 by Directors Taylor and Siemsen, regarding a comprehensive Mental Health initiative. The resolution emphasized the critical importance of focusing on students' mental health and highlighted the role of schools in both preventing and addressing mental health concerns.

The Administration continues to implement the MPS Mental Health Initiative. Following is an update relative to the Administration's efforts since the Board's action.

School social workers and school psychologists have been connecting with students and families regularly to provide support, gauge needs and provide resource information. Emphasis has been placed on the use of technology and virtual learning to connect with students. Examples include Zones of Regulation (social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum) conducting morning meetings, creating Google classrooms. etc.

Milwaukee Public Schools continues its connection with partners to support this initiative such as the School Community Partnership for Mental Health (SCPMH). Agency partners have been providing tele-health/therapy to students and families. Agency and school staff continue to meet virtually to discuss student needs and plan to meet those needs.

The Violence Prevention Program Team continues to create supports for parents (i.e. Routines and Sleep Matters). Elementary and secondary level social emotional learning (SEL) packets were created and are available at meal sites. The packets include resources from Sojourner Family Peace Center. SEL activities were developed and sent weekly to all schools, including the SEL Champion. Virtual SEL professional development for staff was conducted. Currently the team is working on resources/planning for the 2020-2021 school year. This planning will incorporate trauma sensitive practices for both adults and students.

The District Crisis Team is currently operational with revisions due to the school closure.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent