Marianne Oborn, Social Services and Counseling director, said thanks to the efforts of the State of Utah, legislatures and school board, the funds will go directly toward the salary and benefits of the new counselors.
“This is exciting news for our school district,” said Dr. Scott Rogers, TCSD superintendent. “I believe that the climate and the mental health of students is just as important as their academic health.”
The counselors will help students with social and emotional learning, communication and coping skills as well as regular curriculum. They will assist students with behavior issues, those facing homelessness, coping with the death of a loved one, or students whose parents are getting divorced among other issues.
Counselors will be trained in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), the District’s Second Steps social and emotional learning program, CHAMPS classroom management system, Professional Learning Communities, Teacher Assistant Team and Individualized Education Plans.
They will also implement a school-based mental health program, participate in Utah Board of Education meetings, quarterly collaboration trainings and Trauma Informed Care and Restorative practices.
“If we can get kids the emotional and social support they need at the elementary school level then when they reach secondary levels their attention can be better focused on college and career awareness,” said Oborn.
The District’s new and existing elementary school counselors will serve Anna Smith, Copper Canyon, Grantsville, Ibapah, Middle Canyon, Northlake, Old Mill, Overlake, Rose Springs, Settlement Canyon, Stansbury, Sterling, West and Willow Elementary Schools.