Return to School
School after COVID has been different than any other year. These resources are available to support schools as they plan and respond to the needs of students, the adults in their lives, and school staff.
Mental and Social Emotional Health Guide for Ottawa County
OCSN developed a guide for schools to use as they plan to support student mental health during COVID. The guide contains information and resources in the following areas:
- Universal Mental Health Screeners
- Identification and Referral of At Risk
- Staff Tools, Resources, and Professional
- Access Navigator and Mental Health Liaison Crisis Management Plan
- Wellness Resources for Students and Staff
- Reporting Protocols for Staff
- Staff Self Care Tools
- MDE Resources for Students and Staff
- Communicate COVID-19 Mental Health Concerns
- Communication with Parents
- Additional Resources
Ottawa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Return to School Toolkit
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health developed a helpful guide for schools as they return to school during COVID.
Returning to Learning Videos from Local Mental Health and Trauma Expert
Dr. Stephanie Grant is a developmental psychologist who focuses on infants and children with attachment concerns and trauma histories. She teaches and practices clinically in West Michigan.
Dr. Grant's video to support parents is available to the public.
Teacher and Administrator videos from Dr. Grant are also available for staff in OAISD schools. Contact your administrator, or Angela Dershem or Caroline Geist for more information.
CDC Prepare and Respond Information for Schools and Child Care Programs
The CDC has information on this website for Schools and Child Care Programs to "Plan, Prepare, and Respond" to COVID. It includes information for administrators, parents and caregivers, and printable posters and graphics schools can use.
Remote Learning Mental Health Guide
This guide provides information and resources for educators to support mental health during remote learning, including:
- How to discuss coping with families
- What to do if domestic violence is suspected
- And what to do if a student or someone in the home is depressed or suicidal