School Wellness Assessments
As students headed back to school in 2021, violence in classrooms again began to rise as our nation witnessed the infamous TikTok bathroom vandalisms, teacher assaults and more school shootings. In the United States, there are more than 20 million children and teens with mental health needs. The National Center for Educational Statistics report that 80% of public schools report violence, theft or other crimes had taken place on their campus. Well-being Safety Assessments has made it their mission to help students and schools with a preventative screening to help identify children and teens who are struggling with mental health issues earlier, offer treatment services sooner and ultimately make our schools safer.
The School Wellness Assessment is a THREE-POINT PREVENTION SYSTEM promoting the highest school safety standards.
School Wellness Screening for students
A 55 question online assessment for students grades 3-12. The questions are very basic and straight-forward so students can easily determine how they feel and answer appropriately. The screening typically takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Based on how the student answers each question, the assessment identifies students in 8 targeted areas including anger/violence, depression/suicide, drug/alcohol and emotional/social challenges.
Educational Staff Questionnaire
Educational staff members are given an online questionnaire to complete to assist with the identification of metal health and behavioral challenges within their school as well as environmental safety concerns.
The questionnaire gives educators an opportunity to voice the concerns they have about students, their classroom, and the school. Information provided in anonymous giving staff the freedom to be truthful with no fear of repercussions.
School Safety Checklist Meeting
The Assessor will meet with the school administration and review a current school safety checklist which looks at what each school within the district is doing to improve overall safety. The Assessor will discuss questions about staff training, updated technologies and unified communication systems. She will ask about specific students of concern, bullying prevention programs and school resource officer training. The information gained from this meeting is extensive and opens the door to improvements.
The School Wellness Assessment report identifies all high-risk students based on how the student answers the screening but also includes information other students and staff provide about the school and student population. By utilizing this three-point system, WSA provides the school with a wrap-around approach to prevent mental health concerns going undetected while also assisting the school district in taking their own steps to improve the overall safety and security of the classroom, school and campus.
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The School Wellness Assessment
The School Wellness Screening is a 55 question online assessment for elementary, middle and high school students. Most questions within the assessment are answered simply with a true or false. Other questions ask the students to type in a more personal response. Every answer is reviewed by a Masters Level Assessor.
All high-risk students in the areas of anger/violence and depression/suicide will be identified and given to the school designee within 48 hours of the screening to ensure preventative treatment resources can be sought in a timely manner.
Once the assessment is completed a full report will follow within 30 days and will identify all students who scored high-risk within the 8 targeted areas.
3. Mental Health
4. Alcohol/Drug Abuse
5. Child Abuse/Neglect
6. Information About Others
7. School Environmental Concerns
8. Covid-19 Challenges
The Assessor will then work with the school counselor(s) and/or social worker to ensure all students identified as high-risk will receive a treatment resource packet. WSA does not contract with or recommend any specific provider identified within the packet. It only provides local, state and national services available to assist students and their parents.
The School Wellness Report
The 8 targeted areas are addressed in specific sections within the report. It will not only identify the name, DOB, school and grade of the high-risk student, but also highlight students in yellow who should take priority services.
The Contents page allows you to easily navigate to each specific section of the report.
School Environmental Checklist
The Assessor will meet with school principals and provide staff with a checklist prior to the student assessment being given. This allows the Assessor to look specifically at staff's concerns about students and the school environment and compare these areas to student concerns. 9 out of 10 times these concerns match one another.
Graphs are scattered throughout the assessment to allow school officials to compare each specific school with their student's data. Adminstrators will be able to visually see what schools within their district require immediate attention and where resources need to be funded.
When a student has answered questions in an inconsistent or inappropriate manner this will trigger a response as potentially being untruthful or a student not taking the assessment seriously, this student's name will be highlighted in green within the category.
When a student has taken the assessment previously and has scored AGAIN high-risk within the category, the student will be highlighted in red to signify this student is at increased risk.
A summary and recommendations are provided after each of the 8 targeted categories and at the end of the report.
Graphs will allow you to look at the overall school district's progress as well as each specific school's progress in a particular targeted area. Compare each quarterly, biannually or annually.