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Parents & Guardians

Parents & Guardians are the first line of support for their students as they return to school this year. Students are returning to school with even more pressure due to COVID-19. Lack of socialization, isolation, loss of instructional time and anxiety are all part of their new reality.  This stress has made it even more important for parents and guardians to be aware of available resources. Here you will find resources regarding students' mental health, returning to school, social emotional learning, anti-bullying/violence prevention, and suicide prevention.  Resources are also available for vulnerable populations in addition to anonymous reporting and crisis support.

Mental Health

SEL Standards
Social-emotional learning includes competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, collaboration, empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The elements of social-emotional learning give children the tools to become resilient and persistent in life.

Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices. Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.

On Our Sleeves'
Back-to-School looks different this year. On Our Sleeves' behavioral health experts have created FREE resources to help you start this school year with confidence, no matter what model your return-to-school looks like.

KnowBullying App (Free)
Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their children or teens help build strong relationships, and prevent bullying. SAMHSA’s free KnowBullying app will help you boost your children’s confidence, resilience, and build effective strategies for facing bullying.

Ohio CareLine
The Ohio CareLine is a toll-free emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and administered in community settings. Behavioral health professionals staff the CareLine 24 hours a day, 7 days/week. They offer confidential support in times of personal or family crisis when individuals may bestruggling to cope with challenges in their lives. When callers need additional services, they will receive assistance and connection to local providers.

Physical/Emotional Safety

This program aims to increase personal and family strengthening skills among offenders, restored citizens and affected youth to support a successful transition back to family and community.

Anti-Bullying Resource All Ohio public schools work to create safe and supportive learning environments for their students and staff. As part of these efforts, state law says districts must have policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources | Ohio Department of Education.

Trauma Informed Resource
A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is addressed at the center of the educational mission.

LGBTQ Resource
Returning to school can be stressful, especially after the odd school year we had where many were online all year. This may have been a relief if you face bullying during in person learning. Returning to in person can cause even more anxiety for LGBTQ students who face these issues. Knowing where to find support is very important. These resources can assist you in finding the support you may need. https://www.glsen.org/ and the Ohio Climate Survey by GLSEN

SAVE Students ACT
School districts are required at least one hour (or one standard class period) each school year of ODE-approved instruction on the topics of: (1) suicide awareness and prevention, (2) safety training and violence prevention, and (3) social inclusion in the health curriculum for grades 6-12. Parents may opt their child out of the instruction. Find out more at the below link.
Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act | Ohio Department of Education

Suicide Prevention Resource
ODE, in consultation with DPS and OhioMHAS, is required to maintain a list of approved, evidence-based training programs for instructing staff and students on suicide awareness and prevention and violence prevention. At least one program must be free to schools.
Suicide Prevention | Ohio School Safety Center https://suicideprevention.ohio.gov/

Anonymous Reporting
The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day. This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. Encourage your Administrator’s to register!
Safer Ohio School Tip Line | Ohio School Safety Center

Suicide Prevention
Identifying and assisting individuals at risk for suicide is a key component of a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide.

Substance Prevention Resource
This program targets parents and caregivers with the goal to increase communication between parents and their children about substance abuse.

FEMA: Ready.gov:
FEMA: Ready.gov: Prepare Your Family. “Everyone can be part of helping to prepare for emergencies. Young children and teens alike can be a part of the process.”

FEMA: Ready.gov:
FEMA: Ready.gov: Helping Children Cope. “Disasters can leave children and teens feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Their responses can be quite varied. It's important to not only recognize these reactions, but also help children cope with their emotions.”

Stop Asian Hate Resource
Asian students are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of bullying, aggression and xenophobia due to the pandemic.  It is important that these students feel safe and supported in their schools.
#StopAsianHate: Resources for Teaching & Learning | Student Voice (stuvoice.org)

Mental Health Curriculum
Best Practice curriculum teaching mental literacy.

Suicide Prevention Resource
Aims to reduce stigma and prevent suicides in African American young men: https://www.withyouhere.org/

Health and Safety
How to Prioritize the Health and Safety of Students, School Personnel, and Families | U.S. Department of Education

Cyber Security

DHS Back to School Campaign
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect machines with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals use these attacks to entice users to click on a link or open an attachment that can then infect their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Phishing Tip Sheet has additional information on combating phishing. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrators and chief information security officers of school districts to review our recently released StopRansomware.gov – a new website designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is kicking off its 2021 Back to School campaign to help students, parents, teachers, and administrators remain safe from cybersecurity threats as they return to school. The campaign will run from August 9 until August 30. Check our social media accounts, @CISAgov and @Cyber, during the campaign for more cybersecurity tips.

Addressing the Whole Child

Whole Child Framework
Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, puts the whole child at the center, where each component of the plan works harmoniously to support a whole-child approach. Likewise, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework also places the whole child at the center, with district, school, family and community supporting the needs of the whole child using a comprehensive approach. A whole child approach broadens district and school focus beyond academics to include meeting students social-emotional, physical and safety needs. The Whole Child Framework provides a blueprint to meet these whole child needs, which are foundational to a child’s intellectual and social development and necessary for students to fully engage in learning and school.
Ohio's Whole Child Framework | Ohio Department of Education

United Way’s 211
United Way’s 211. Connecting you to essential community services. Available in many Ohio communities. “Every call is completely confidential.”

Social Media Challenges & Threats

Social Media Challenges & Threats 

These documents provide resources which support school staff as they prevent, identify and address inappropriate student behavior associated with social media use. During recent months, there have been increasing reports of students behaving inappropriately or engaging in dangerous acts as a result of social media challenges.  

Ohio’s Whole Child Framework describes how students benefit from knowing they are surrounded by caring adults in school, at home and within the community at large. When schools and families work together and align efforts to support students’ needs, students thrive. Schools can create multiple ways for families to engage and contribute to their child’s education and support their development. To best support students as they make decisions related to social media use, schools and families should work together to provide safe environments and set expectations for appropriate behaviors.  

The Departments of Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Safety worked collaboratively to create a list of strategies to support school safety in response to social media challenges. Schools can implement the strategies to increase school safety and reduce incidents of violence connected to social media challenges. Schools can assist parents and families with the implementation of strategies to help inform youth on safe and supportive learning environment. Parents and families can start conversations with youth about social media to support them in healthy decision making.

As the departments are made aware of viral trends or threats, school administrators will be notified for situational awareness.

Social Media: Understanding a Teen’s World