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Be Well 365 will ensure that students have the necessary skills to:
At MCPS, we are committed to the academic success and to the physical, social and psychological well-being of every one of our students. Student learning is our purpose, and we know that students perform better academically when they are healthy in body, mind and spirit. The two go hand in hand to produce young people who are successful in school and in life.
Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Schools
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MCPS and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have launched a campaign to prevent adolescent vaping. The campaign includes:
MCPS is collaborating with DHHS to develop an instructional curriculum to educate students and families on the dangers and warning signs of vaping and substance use.
Regular school attendance is essential for student success. Chronic absenteeism can predict a student's reading ability by Grade 3 and the likelihood that the student will drop out of school by Grade 6. When attendance improves, the student's academic prospects and chance of graduation improves.
To promote school attendance, MCPS has launched a campaign to address chronic absenteeism. The campaign includes:
MCPS is committed to engaging all students and making sure they have the supports they need to come to school every day.
This includes creating a positive climate that supports equity and diversity for all students. Understanding how to establish healthy relationships includes valuing and nurturing the multiple identities of students, and helps students feel safer and more connected to their schools.
This includes teaching how to respect alternative viewpoints, using effective communication skills and cooperative behavior in groups, and understanding that communication involves speaking, listening and nonverbal behavior.
Students will be reassured that there are adults who can help them navigate school and personal situations. Staff will encourage students to seek out an adult they trust and are comfortable talking with. Students will also learn how to help others in need.
The ability to use healthy mental and emotional knowledge, skills and strategies to enhance one’s self-concept and one’s relationship with others is the goal for developing emotional well-being.
Identifying, developing and practicing stress-management skills will help to foster healthy mental and emotional well-being.
MCPS hosted the 2019 Mental Health Fair on November 9 at Gaithersburg High School. Parents, students and community members had an opportunity to hear from MCPS staff, students and outside professionals about topics impacting their children, and learn about resources that support students’ physical, social and psychological well-being.
Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program teaches students the warning signs of emotional distress and how they can help themselves or a friend if they are concerned about possible harm to self. This program has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and attitudes toward suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts.
Learning the impacts of ACEs—such as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction—is important to understand how to best support children, and ensure safe and nurturing relationships.
Resiliency is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or other sources of stress. Resilient people have certain traits in common, such as optimism, flexibility, self-confidence, self-control and perseverance. These skills can be taught and strengthened.
Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.
A community circle is a carefully constructed, intentional dialogue space, and can help improve relationships between staff and students, students and peers, and staff and peers. This is one way to build cognitive empathy.
These circles works to resolve conflicts so that all parties feel the outcome is just and fair. It allows students to take responsibility for their actions and to be part of the decision making around what should happen to repair the harm that was caused.
The Restorative Justice Student Leadership Coalition is a team of students who learn how to facilitate community circles, and engage in other restorative practices, including mindfulness and self-care.
Emphasizes lifelong positive health-related attitudes and behaviors that promote self-reliance and self-regulation for all students. Life skills include goal-setting; decision-making; identifying beliefs, attitudes, and motivations; assessing information; and advocacy for personal, family and community health.
Information on Health Education Lessons
Focuses on the development of health-related fitness, movement skills and concepts, and personal and social responsibility. The learning tasks in physical education emphasize problem-solving, decision-making, goal-setting and relationship building skills.
Information on Physical Education Lessons
Grade-level, age-appropriate content for students in every grade from Pre-K to 12. These lessons are designed to empower students to recognize and report suspected cases of abuse without fear of reprisal.
Information on Personal Body Safety Lessons
Elementary Personal Body Safety Lessons Overview and Resources
Secondary Personal Body Safety Lessons Overview and Resources
A framework for creating safer and more effective schools by building a better environment through positive disciplinary practices
Prevention and intervention strategies to make schools safe, welcoming, and positive places to learn
The practice of being safe, smart and ethical while online. The MCPS curriculum covers issues such as privacy, cyberbullying, internet safety and other digital dilemmas.
School-based certified school counselors support the academic, personal, and social development of all students through a comprehensive school counseling program designed to foster and monitor progress toward high school graduation and college and career readiness.
School psychologists are school-based mental health professionals trained in both psychology and education who support collaborative approaches to analyzing and resolving barriers that impact academic success.
Pupil personnel workers are certified school-based professional who serve as advocates, consultants, and liaisons to students and families by providing direct intervention and case management services to identify, assess, and resolve various student concerns that impact academic success.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, School Health Services (SHS), in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), provides services to assure the health, safety, and well-being of over 156,000 students enrolled in MCPS schools.
Social workers work together with educational staff to promote social-emotional wellness for all students and provide for the mental health needs of students as needed. On a voluntary basis and according to individual needs, they provide a range of services from social skills groups to more intensive mental health supports, as well as crisis intervention.
School-based ESOL counselors (SBECs) help ESOL students with academic, social and personal needs. They support specialized programs, such as those that provide Extended Learning Opportunities to improve academic outcomes, and work with students to understand their needs in adjusting to and achieving in school.
ESOL Transition Counselors provide counseling services to ESOL students. They support teachers and school staff to increase awareness of and handle issues related to ESOL students, and they help students adjust to their new environments.
Parent community coordinators (PCCs) help build and strengthen positive relationships with families and work collaboratively with school leaders, staff, and organizations to develop and implement family engagement activities. They guide families through the school system and build their ability to advocate for students, especially those who face language, cultural or economic barriers. PCCs are in school communities highly impacted by poverty.
Common Sense Media
Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement
Health and Wellness
Girls on the Run Montgomery County
Linkages to Learning
Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success
No Place for Hate
Caring Communities: Linking School Culture and Student Development
Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
You Need To Teach Your Kids To Fail. Here’s How.
The School Climate Connection with SEL
SEL’s Results in Cleveland and Austin
What Makes Social-Emotional Learning So Important?
Relationships Are Fundamental
What We’ve Learned About Implementing Social-Emotional Learning
Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care
12 Choices to Help You Step Back from Burnout
Culturally-responsive Relationship Building
Mental and Emotional Health*
*Includes the districtwide Mental Health Awareness Day during which all schools will engage in activities and programs to promote mental health and wellness
Positive Character Development and Empathy
Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices
Physical Health and Wellness