COPLEY — The School Board of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools received an update on the district’s mental health services efforts at its Oct. 18 meeting.
Deputy Superintendent Aimee Kirsch told the board that a recent student self-assessment by students in grades four through 12 found that its student population largely matches national statistics that more than 50% of people will receive a diagnosis of mental illness in their lifetime and one in five children will experience a “debilitating mental breakdown”.
She said this has led to the development of “trauma-informed classrooms” and programs addressing mental health issues in Copley-Fairlawn schools.
Kirsch added that based on student self-reports, it was determined that approximately 20 percent of students were in need of suicide mitigation programs, which Kirsch said is also consistent with national statistics. On the positive side, Kirsch said students participating in the programs, which focus on areas such as responsible decision-making, emotional control and self-discipline, have responded well to them, particularly in the area of decision-making. responsible decision.
Cevasco said that with a background in school psychology himself, he applauds the district’s efforts.
“I don’t know of any neighborhood today that comes close to what we do [at Copley-Fairlawn Schools],” he said.
Also during the meeting, Board Member James Borchik asked for an update on the shortage of school bus drivers in the district, including how a recent partnership with the school was going. Secondary Archbishop Hoban for transporting Hoban students living in the Copley District.
Business manager Steven Robinson said the Hoban partnership was working well, but the district was still short of drivers. He noted that two replacement drivers have been hired in recent weeks, each currently in training.
In other cases, the board recognized the following September students, with Superintendent Brian Poe calling the public recognition a welcome return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re thrilled to be back to as normal as possible and one of the best things we can do is recognize our students of the month and their families,” Poe said. “We thank you [parents] for working so hard cooperating with our staff.
The September pupils of the month are: Hannah Lust, from Arrowhead Primary; Isabelle Welsh, Fort Island Elementary; Sydney Platts, primary Herberich; Luisa Neves, Copley-Middle School; and Kaylyn Hayden, Copley High School.
Gabrielle Niemczura, a student-athlete from Copley High School, was also recognized.
Council President Paul Cevasco reiterated Poe’s congratulations to the students and their parents.
“Because without the parents, none of this would have happened,” he said.
The Copley-Fairlawn School Board will next meet on November 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Copley High School Main Office Boardroom.