Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Supports

  • The York County School Division, in partnering with our family and community supports, engages in creating a positive, connected, inclusive and safe environment to embrace ALL learners through the development of a social emotional learning framework that empowers: Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Management, Self-Awareness, and Social-Awareness. Acknowledging diversity is foundational in building capacity for our social and emotional awareness while maintaining an intentional focus on equitable access and academic success.

    As VDOE continues to release guidance on safely reopening schools during the Covid-19 pandemic, the York County School Division has likewise centered efforts around the social and emotional well-being of its staff and students. The division’s SEL task force, comprised of administrators, teacher leaders, school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and division level leaders, is focused on aligning the VDOE social emotional learning expectations and the division’s goal of promoting positive relationships.

    The YCSD SEL task force is developing a comprehensive plan for supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students. By utilizing the Reunite, Renew, and Thrive document developed by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the YCSD SEL Task Force is analyzing the recommended critical practices and is thoughtfully organizing incremental SEL action steps which will be infused into classroom communities, both at the elementary and secondary level, to include SEL curriculum.

    The school division has sought Cares Act funding to help support staff training. If received, all YCSD staff will receive mental health Kognito training and specific support staff will receive Youth Mental Health First Aid training. There will also be an opportunity for selected educators to serve as mindfulness coaches as part of cohort for their designated school. Professional development focused on social justice, to include anti-racist practices, will be provided to division level leaders and staff. Additionally, the school division will offer a two-part parent workshop series on building resiliency, to include mindfulness tools and strategies for families.