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Support staff play a vital role in supporting 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 you 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.

Supporting Students

Be Present Campaign
Peer-to-Peer campaign that empowers young people to take care of their mental health so they can be there for their friends and loved ones. Increase MH literacy and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide warning signs. 
https://bepresentohio.org/

Trauma Informed Schools Guide
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.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/PBIS-Resources/Trauma-Informed-Schools 

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.
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/get-help/get-help-now/crisis-text-line

Resource for educators who may be feeling the weight of new expectations along with heightened health and safety concerns
https://mha.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/mha/community-partners/schools/resources/abcs-of-mental-health

Signs of Suicide Program
SOS Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students.
https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/Document/Get/161657

Safer Ohio School Tip Line
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 

Mental Health Trainings
A course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
https://www.ohiospf.org/about/programs-trainings/

On Our Sleeves Campaign
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. 
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-health-resources/articles-support/school
https://www.onoursleeves.org/mental-wellness-tools-guides/one-million-classrooms

With You Here Program
This program aims to reduce stigma and prevent suicides in African American young men.
https://www.withyouhere.org/

United Way’s 211
Connecting you to essential community services. Available in many Ohio communities. Every call is completely confidential.
https://www.211.org/

Mandatory Reporting
Educators and those who work to support students are mandated reporters. Below is a link to review what you should be looking for and reporting as we head back to school.
Preventing Abuse and Neglect | Ohio Department of Education

Training

Ohio’s 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

Safety & Violence Prevention Training
Training to public elementary, middle and high school professionals to detect student behavioral health needs. Every five years, participants must take at least four hours training in the prevention of child abuse, violence, suicide ideation, bullying, teen dating violence, human trafficking and substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development. School districts and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the curriculum developed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for this purpose, or they may develop their own program in consultation with public or private agencies or persons involved in child abuse prevention or intervention. 
Required Safety and Violence Prevention Training | Ohio School Safety Center

Social Emotional

Social Emotional Learning Resources
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.
http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Learning-in-Ohio/Social-and-Emotional-Learning

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.
https://www.ready.gov/helping-children-cope

Anti-Bullying

Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources
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

Substance Abuse

Prevention Action Alliance Conversation Starters
Targets parents and caregivers with the goal to increase communication between parents and their children about substance abuse. 
https://preventionactionalliance.org/about/programs/know/

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.