Balancing the physical safety needs and social/emotional needs of our students is top priority. In order to meet the social and emotional needs of our students, professional learning opportunities in trauma-informed practices and social emotional learning will be provided to staff. Ongoing face-to-face and virtual instructional opportunities will be provided following the CASEL's core SEL competencies such as: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Additionally, counseling support for students and staff will be provided in a variety of service options. Mentoring programs and community partnerships will be included to support the social/emotional needs of students.
Midlothian ISD has worked over the past several years to add support to the counseling department to better serve the needs of all students. At the high school level, each campus houses school counselors. In addition, we have a Student Support Counselor employed by the district who is a licensed professional counselor. With the proper referral process and consent from parents, the Student Support Counselor can meet with students who have additional needs beyond what the campus counselor can provide. At the middle school level, each campus houses school counselors as well. In order to add a different level of counseling, if so needed, MISD is engaging in a contract with Next Steps Community Solutions. With that service, there will be a contracted LPC to serve middle school students with the proper referral and consent provided by the parent. Finally, each elementary campus has a designated school counselor. Elementary campuses also have a Student Support Counselor employed by the district who is a licensed clinical social worker. With the proper referral process and consent from parents, this Student Support Counselor can meet with students who have additional needs beyond what the campus counselor can provide. Additionally, elementary campuses have access to our Social Emotional Learning Specialist. This employee works directly with teachers to assess classroom needs for students such as classroom management, behavioral systems, and strategies to support students. Our special education department includes counselors that may serve students identified as needing counseling services determined by the ARD committee. Whether it is general education or special education, the level of counseling support has been enhanced at each level either with adding licensed positions or working to contract with other partners that can serve our students.