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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

Community of Practice Confirmed Sessions 2020




July 23


Elizabeth Connors, PhD

Assistant Professor at the Consultation Center at Yale


Title: Data-Driven Approaches to Support Student Mental Health in 2020-21

Description: This virtual presentation and discussion is designed to help school systems plan how to collect and use data to inform their multi-tiered system of student mental health supports. Strategies and practical tools to assess current stressors and mental health needs will be discussed, as well as considerations for planning ahead to use data throughout 2020-21 to ensure a system that is data-driven and responsive to changes in real-time.

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Meeting ID: 896 2828 3046

Password: 495830

Aug 6


Brandon Frame, Deputy Director of SEL, The Urban Assembly

Joshua Bobrow Social-Emotional Learning Manager, The Urban Assembly

Title: Organizing Your Community Around Social-Emotional Learning to Meet this Moment


Participants will be able to understand how implementing high quality Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) builds a framework where trauma-informed and equity-based practices cohere and thrive.

Participants will be able to scan their community for components of SEL and begin the process of organizing those inputs in order to build coherence, amplify what’s already tapping into resiliency, and address gaps.

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Meeting ID: 815 7443 4624

Password: 940890

Aug 20


Pat Conner

Senior Policy and Practice Consultant, CASEL

Title: Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Opening Schools

Summary: The Collaboration for Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning (CASEL), in collaboration with more than 40 organizations, developed the SEL roadmap for school leaders and leadership teams to support planning for the transition back to schools, in whatever form that takes. The roadmap offers four SEL Critical Practices to help schools create supportive learning environments and foster social, emotional, an academic learning as we reunite and renew through a global pandemic and mobilization against systemic racism. This session will offer a broad overview of the SEL Roadmap.

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Meeting ID: 850 2431 3980

Password: 544025

Mental Health Online Resources

new​ School Based Mental Health Services for Students in Remote, In-Person and Blended LearningSchool districts across Wisconsin are working hard to plan for the start of a school year. During a summer unlike any other, school leaders have had many new considerations as they plan and prepare for the school year. This article, published in the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) Update Bulletin highlights the importance of focusing on mental health and wellness as schools start the 2020-2021 school year. With an emphasis on the role of educational leaders role in supporting student mental health and wellness, several resources to support staff development are included.

Self-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.

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COVID-19 Information for School Health Services webpage

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 resources located on this webpage are provided to assist school nurses in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 on their school communities.

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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. 

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 Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Funded Programs


DPI has developed several resources for Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) funded programs to assist with navigating the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program COVID-19 webpage for more information.


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