Social Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. We recognize that the social emotional well-being of our students and staff during these challenging times is critically important. All Saints Catholic Academy has made available resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instructions. All Saints Catholic Academy has done this by:
Incorporating a school-wide health and wellness program for grades K-8 – HealthSmart [HealthSmart is ETR's comprehensive K–12 health education program. It gives children and youth the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and establish life-long healthy behaviors. HealthSmart Is built on research and best practice. This evidence-informed program incorporates the Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula from the CDC. Meets National Standards. HealthSmart gives students the functional knowledge and essential skills required to achieve health literacy defined in the National Health Education Standards. Lesson objectives and assessments are based on the knowledge and skill expectations in the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool.]
All Saints Catholic Academy will identify and support students having difficulty with transitioning back into All Saints Catholic Academy setting, especially given the changes in All Saints Catholic Academy’s policies, protocols and physical environment. In addition to school counseling, professional development, and the incorporation of a school-wide health and wellness program, a prolonged orientation period has been scheduled to support the social and emotional well-being and resiliency of students before beginning to phase in academic content. These orientation / transition days are mandatory attendance days that will assist students to acclimate to their different, but still safe, supportive, engaging learning environment that will nurture their social and emotional learning, as well as their academic learning.
Intentional instruction in the use of computing devices, school tools, and other remote learning items is scheduled for the beginning of in-person learning The early instruction is intended to reduce the social-emotional concerns that were present during the mandatory remote learning period during the 2019-2020 school year. All Saints Catholic Academy intends to foster an increase of resiliency for students and faculty to help them prepare for the possibilities of additional transitions between in-person, hybrid and remote learning through SEL and trauma-responsive practices in restorative discipline policies. Students will be assigned a “team” of staff member that will continually check in with them regardless of the format of instruction. Nurturing the adult-student relationship will help to ensure that every student has a trusted adult at their school, and that the adult truly cares about their overall well-being.
The faculty and staff at All Saints Catholic Academy are true professionals when it comes to taking care of their students’ academic, developmental, social, and emotion needs. The incredible dedication can leave many feeling depleted and exhausted. The staff of All Saints Catholic Academy must take care of themselves and their peers, both for their own well-being and so that they may be better able to continue to help students heal. The adults (administration, teachers, support staff, parents, care givers, guardians, etc.) in our school community have experienced stress, anxiety, grief, and trauma. It is critical to consider the impact this will have on our return to an in-person, hybrid and/or another virtual school year. All Saints Catholic Academy is addressing the well-being of adults through the following practices:
All Saints Catholic Academy’s greatest asset is the dedicated men and women that have accepted the ministry of educating today’s youth. The faculty and staff are dedicated and deeply committed professionals that share the mission of a commitment to provide the highest quality Catholic education emphasizing faith formation and academic development within a safe and compassionate learning environment. The academic and emotional well-being of the students rests on the well-being of the faculty and staff. We will continue to help one another and be realistic of our emotional limits. We are #ASCA Strong!
For more information about our school and programs, contact Ms. Traci Johnson
All Saints Catholic Academy
10 Rosemont Street
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 438-0066
Fax: (518) 512-4049
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