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The Antigo school district is taking a pro-active approach to student safety.

As the district celebrates National School Counseling Week, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education Heidi Preul is highlighting its commitment to ensuring students are safe both physically and emotionally in the classroom.

“This is not something that can be done in isolation, but through parent and community partnerships,” she said.

Starting this school year, the district is partnering with North Central Health Care to provide on-site services to students and their families who have been identified with mental health needs.

“This makes it more convenient and accessible for students to receive the help they need,” Preul said. “This additional support has given staff another avenue to help the students and families we serve.”

Students and families who qualify were identified through a mix of school and community data. The extra services compliment those traditionally available through the health care center.

In another push to increase security, the district is using funds it received through a second school safety grant to provide more resources and support in the area of social emotional learning and mental health.

“This will help us be more proactive in our efforts to make sure that our students are safe physically, as well as emotionally, at school,” Preul said.

Through the grant, the district has formed a School Safety Intervention Team that has staff and community members working to promote proactive supports and systems to students and faculty.

“ Our first action is to complete a resource map of the mental health supports in our community in order to make sure we maximize what we have and address the gaps,” Preul said. “The team will also complete training in being able to assess threats and provide intervention to students in crisis.”

The district isn't placing its focus solely on those who have been identified in need of additional help, Preul stressed. Counselors are also using the 2nd Step Curriculum, which is aligned to the new social emotional learning standards adopted by the Department of Public instruction.

“Every K-8 child receives this universal support through our wonderful school counselors' lessons,” Preul said. “Over the course of next year, our goal is to build the learning and language into the students' daily life by bridging the curriculum work to the teaching staff. This will build the teachers' capacity in being able to support students throughout the school day in a consistent manner.”

Through the curriculum, each grade level has specific themes that are developmentally appropriate and build upon each other, such as friendship, empathy, and academic behaviors, she said.

“The feedback thus far has been positive from staff and students and we look forward to building upon this work in the upcoming school years,” Preul said.

Through its work with North Central Health Care, the safety intervention team and 2nd Step Curriculum, Preul said the district is creating systems to provide universal supports to help it intervene early and often so students can have better outcomes academically as well as social and emotionally.

“We also know that while prevention is the key, we must address students who come to us in crisis in a supportive, trauma sensitive way,” she said. “Our ultimate goal is to have supports for our students from the time they first come to us to the time they leave, supports that embrace and provide for the whole child in concert with our parents and community partners.”
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Antigo school district counselors include, from left, (front row) Bree Kratz, high school, Betsy Neufeld, elementary, (back row) Kelly Derlein and Sadie Boyle, both elementary, and Jaclyn Reimer, middle school. Missing are Kelly LeVeque and Heather Bakke-Sweeney, high school, and Lauren Bessa, North Central Health Care.

Safety at school stressed
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The Antigo school district is taking a pro-active approach to student safety.

As the district celebrates National School Counseling Week, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education Heidi Preul is highlighting its commitment to ensuring students are safe both physically and emotionally in the classroom.

“This is not something that can be done in isolation, but through parent and community partnerships,” she said.

Starting this school year, the district is partnering with North Central Health Care to provide on-site services to students and their families who have been identified with mental health needs.

“This makes it more convenient and accessible for students to receive the help they need,” Preul said. “This additional support has given staff another avenue to help the students and families we serve.”

Students and families who qualify were identified through a mix of school and community data. The extra services compliment those traditionally available through the health care center.

In another push to increase security, the district is using funds it received through a second school safety grant to provide more resources and support in the area of social emotional learning and mental health.

“This will help us be more proactive in our efforts to make sure that our students are safe physically, as well as emotionally, at school,” Preul said.

Through the grant, the district has formed a School Safety Intervention Team that has staff and community members working to promote proactive supports and systems to students and faculty.

“ Our first action is to complete a resource map of the mental health supports in our community in order to make sure we maximize what we have and address the gaps,” Preul said. “The team will also complete training in being able to assess threats and provide intervention to students in crisis.”

The district isn't placing its focus solely on those who have been identified in need of additional help, Preul stressed. Counselors are also using the 2nd Step Curriculum, which is aligned to the new social emotional learning standards adopted by the Department of Public instruction.

“Every K-8 child receives this universal support through our wonderful school counselors' lessons,” Preul said. “Over the course of next year, our goal is to build the learning and language into the students' daily life by bridging the curriculum work to the teaching staff. This will build the teachers' capacity in being able to support students throughout the school day in a consistent manner.”

Through the curriculum, each grade level has specific themes that are developmentally appropriate and build upon each other, such as friendship, empathy, and academic behaviors, she said.

“The feedback thus far has been positive from staff and students and we look forward to building upon this work in the upcoming school years,” Preul said.

Through its work with North Central Health Care, the safety intervention team and 2nd Step Curriculum, Preul said the district is creating systems to provide universal supports to help it intervene early and often so students can have better outcomes academically as well as social and emotionally.

“We also know that while prevention is the key, we must address students who come to us in crisis in a supportive, trauma sensitive way,” she said. “Our ultimate goal is to have supports for our students from the time they first come to us to the time they leave, supports that embrace and provide for the whole child in concert with our parents and community partners.”
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Antigo school district counselors include, from left, (front row) Bree Kratz, high school, Betsy Neufeld, elementary, (back row) Kelly Derlein and Sadie Boyle, both elementary, and Jaclyn Reimer, middle school. Missing are Kelly LeVeque and Heather Bakke-Sweeney, high school, and Lauren Bessa, North Central Health Care.
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