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Student Services/Prevention & Wellness and COVID-19

The DPI agency-wide web page covers basic information about the novel coronavirus, critical government updates, and information on instructional areas and resources for schools. 
This webpage is designated for COVID-19 information relevant to Student Services/Prevention and Wellness. The SSPW team covers Safe Schools, Pupil Services, School Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA), Health Education, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. Please see our main SSPW webpage for more information on our services. 
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Resources for Pupil Services

Pupil services are the four professions of school counseling, nursing, psychology, and social work organized into a team with school administration.

Mental Health Community of Practice (CoP) Zoom Calls

The SSPW Mental Health Team is offering a weekly Community of Practice Zoom call on supporting student mental health during school closures. These community of practice calls will occur Thursdays at 8:00 AM through April 30th.

Every week on Thursday, until Apr 30, 2020, 5 occurrence(s). The first half hour will focus on the elementary level. The second half hour will focus on the secondary level. You are welcome to attend either or both.

Supporting Student Mental Health During School Closures

  1. Apr 2, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) 
  2. Apr 9, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) - 8/8:30 AM Elementary Focused, 8:30/9 AM Secondary Focused
    1. Topic of Focus: What technology are you using to support student mental health at this time. What has worked well and what are your continuing challenges?
  3. Apr 16, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) - 8/8:30 AM Elementary Focused, 8:30/9 AM Secondary Focused
    1. Topic of Focus: Facilitating Virtual Groups
  4. Apr 23, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) - 8/8:30 AM Elementary Focused, 8:30/9 AM Secondary Focused
    1. Topic of Focus: Virtual Crisis Response
  5. Apr 30, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.


Here is the link to the folder with all of the resources:


Mental Health Online Resources

newSelf-care during COVID-19 For Student Support Professionals - "Student support professionals are carrying a uniquely difficult burden right now. While contending with your own uncertainty, stress, and worry, you are also tasked with supporting and guiding others through this difficult moment. This resource is for you. The following strategies can help you maintain your strength and resilience in the coming weeks." From University of Michigan Medical school. 

Focus on Mental Health and Wellness During School Closure  - This resource provides mental health and wellness resources, organized by the four topic areas below:

  • General Mental Health and Wellness
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness
  • Parent, Caregiver, and Educator Mental Health and Wellness
  • Positive Parenting and Safe Home Environments

Mental Health, SEL, Trauma & Safety Online Training Materials - This document provides links to the many Student Service Prevention and Wellness online learning modules for adults related to Mental Health, SEL, Trauma & Safety.

Pupil Records
School Counseling

Virtual/distance school counseling during an emergency shutdown.

Resources and lesson plans for school counselors related to COVID-19.

WSCA COVID-19 Resources 

WSCA Position Statement Counselors Student Communication COVID-19


School Counseling Office Hour

This recurring meeting will be on Tuesdays 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. It will offer counselors access to each other and the DPI consultant to support the work.

Starting Tuesday, April 7:

April 21st and 28th sessions have been canceled. 

School Nurses and Health Services

Practicing 21st Century School Nursing Wisconsin school nurses use the key principles of Community/Public Health, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Care Coordination as they respond to situations involving SARS-CoV2 (2019 novel coronavirus) and COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). The following resources are provided to assist school nurses in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on their school communities.

new​​​ Packing-Up. Picking-Up, and Returning School Items during COVID-19

new Interim COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Schools

The 2019-20 Student Health Service Survey is now open

School Health Services Infection Control Toolkit for COVID-19 - COMING SOON!

Resources for School Nurses to Use to Assist School Districts in the Implementation of Social Distancing

COVID-19 Prevention and Education Resources

School Nurse Professional Practice Resources



School Psychology
School Social Work
Supporting Student Trauma and Grief Webinars with Dr. Schonfeld
Many of you have asked for information and resources about supporting student trauma and grief while students are staying safe at home and upon the transition back to school buildings.

We are excited to announce two webinars, presented by Dr. David Schonfeld, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to address this topic. Please see the Webinar Flyer for more information on how to attend these webinars. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:30-4:00 PM

Session 1: When school starts back: Helping students and yourself cope with crisis during a pandemic.
This session, intended for pupil services professionals, summarizes the principles of psychological first aid and common reactions that may be seen in any crisis event, including the current pandemic. It provides practical advice on how to help students and staff understand and cope with the current pandemic and begin to prepare for what may be needed to offer support to students when schools re-open. The session will underscore the need for professional self-care and highlight some of the barriers as well as some potential solutions. Ample time will be devoted to questions and discussion. Together, we will consider how best to support students, staff and ourselves during this evolving pandemic.
Tuesday June 2, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM

Session 2:When school starts back: Supporting grieving students during a pandemic.
This session, intended for pupil services professionals, but appropriate as well for those without formal mental health training, will provide practical advice on how to support grieving students in any context. A wide range of topics will be covered, including what not to stay, considerations related to grief across different cultures, how to initiate conversations with grieving students, identifying and addressing guilt, appropriate academic accommodations, and managing grief triggers. The unique challenges of supporting grieving students during the current pandemic, as well as free resources for addressing these challenges from the Coalition to Support Grieving

Resources for School Safety

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newAre you currently updating or plan to update your School Safety Plan (Emergency Operations Plan) to include a Pandemic Response? See REMS Addressing Biological Hazards website

Information for Mandated Reporters DPI has partnered with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to create this resource related to mandated reporting and the duty of all school staff to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect. The document reminds school staff about their responsibility as a mandated reporter and the signs of child abuse and neglect. On reverse side, question examples are provided to help guide conversations with students and caregivers to further understanding and target supports.

See the Safe School Resources webpage for more information. 

For questions about this information, contact (608) 266-8960