Educators around the globe are marking Friday, March 27 as Social-Emotional Learning Day, and that couldn’t be more timely. Schools recognize the need for social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to help combat a mental health crisis that is threatening our nation’s youth. SEL benefits students by helping them build social-emotional skills, improve their well-being and regulate their behaviors in ways that translate to better academic and lifeskills outcomes. Studies indicate a positive impact on academics, personal conduct, emotional stress, and drug use.
With so many recent changes in the lives of our students, and some uncertainty about the future, children may experience social-emotional challenges. Rutherford Public Schools counselors are ready to help! Student Assistance Counselors (SACs) are available to speak with you or your child, and they welcome your questions and concerns. Parents are encouraged to connect with the appropriate SAC: