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DeWine plan keeps Ohio children with complex behavioral issues in parents’ custody

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Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch via The Cincinnati Enquirer |

Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine rolled out a $1 billion program designed to go a long way toward achieving that goal. It’s called OhioRISE, which stands for Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence.

It doubles about $18 million in seed money added to the biennial state budget two years ago that enabled parents of 469 children to avoid relinquishing custody, and provided technical assistance to 82 additional families.

But the new setup covers a much broader scope. The ultimate goal of OhioRISE is shifting how care is delivered — creating new access to in-home and community-based services — so more children and parents can stay together instead of giving up custody because their personal insurance won’t cover the cost of needed treatment.

OhioRISE, set to get off the ground in January 2022, is labeled a “core component of the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s next generation managed care overhaul.”

As schools reopen, prioritizing student mental health can prevent ‘twin-demic’

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Scott Poland, K-12 Dive |

To prevent a “twin-demic” of self-harm and suicide, schools will need to be more proactive in their outreach to students and take steps to improve their students’ mental health and wellbeing. As more schools across the country begin to reopen for in-person learning, it’s critical that schools put equal focus on ensuring students are as mentally healthy as they are physically.

Scott Poland

Dr. Scott Poland is a professor at the College of Psychology and director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers

Alec MacGillis, ProPublica |

Everything looks the same on either side of the Texas-New Mexico border in the great oil patch of the Permian Basin. There are the pump jacks scattered across the plains, nodding up and down with metronomic regularity. There are the brown highway signs alerting travelers to historical markers tucked away in the nearby scrub. There are the frequent memorials of another sort, to the victims of vehicle accidents. And there are the astonishingly deluxe high school football stadiums. This is, after all, the region that produced “Friday Night Lights.”


Northwest Schools uses ‘peaceful solutions,’ not detention, for misbehaving elementary students

Whitney Miller, WCPO |

At Northwest Local School District, elementary school students don’t get sent straight to the principal’s office for misbehavior. They’re more likely to be asked about their feelings — an approach that Taylor Elementary principal Lori Riehle believes is much better for preventing future incidents, fostering positive feelings about school and building trust between students and staff.


Study Examining Link Between Air Pollution And Child Mental Health

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Cincinnati Edition, WVXU |

More than one in five adolescents will experience a mental health disorder, including depression and anxiety. This puts them at a higher risk for suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among adolescents. Now researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are studying the impact of air pollution exposure on mental health disorders in children.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the study are Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center lead investigators of the project Kim Cecil, Ph.D., director of radiology research for the Imaging Research Center; Patrick Ryan, Ph.D., Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology; and Kimberly Yolton, Ph.D., director of research in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics.

Mason City Schools Is Using Technology To Monitor Students’ Mental Health

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Alisa Roth, WVXU |

Mason started using technology to track students’ online activity years ago. Mostly to make sure they weren’t looking at inappropriate content. Or talking about violence. But now the schools are monitoring students to try to figure out who might be heading for a mental health crisis.

“It gives us insight into what the student’s thinking that we otherwise would not see or hear,” says Nicole Pfirman, mental wellness coordinator for schools in Mason.

Mason uses a company called Securly to track its students. Machine learning lets the company flag words that suggest a student is thinking about hurting him or herself, or otherwise in trouble, and then notifies the school district so it can intervene. “It’s not a magic wand, it’s not going to prevent everything in a school, but it’s going to give schools a lot more information than they ever had before and it’s gonna be good information that they can go and have a conversation with a student about,” says Mike Jolley, who is in charge of K-12 safety at Securly.

Mason partners with therapists from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. And over the last year, Pfirman and her team have ended up connecting a lot more students to that program. Meanwhile, the technology companies continue to position themselves on the front lines of student mental health. The latest example? This fall, Gaggle announced a new product line. It will now contract with school districts to connect them with therapists for students who need mental health care.

Kings Local Schools offers a number of ways to help students with mental health

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Kathryn Robinson, WKRC |

Social Emotional Health Coordinator, Kim Sellers, says the district is focused on every aspect of student health including their emotional and mental well-being. “We do know that students if they’re not in a good place emotionally, they can’t learn,” Sellers said.

There’s a mental health therapist in every school in the district with telehealth options available for students who chose to remain in virtual learning. In addition to therapists, Kings’ three elementary schools each have a therapy dog.

“Kings Cares Callers” is an initiative that connects 48 K-9 remote students with high school students for a weekly Zoom call that helps with isolation and keeps them connected with the district. School counselors are also hosting some virtual groups with online students.

Testing should take a back seat to mental health, educators say

/ health/wellness, Ohio

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal |

Educators say the focus of schooling this year should be recovering from the trauma of a pandemic rather than worrying about testing scores.

The Ohio House committee on primary and secondary education is moving along with House Bill 67, a Republican-sponsored bill to waive state testing for the school year and request a waiver for federal testing.


CNE: $420,000 U.S. Justice Department Grant Will Help Support Suicide Awareness

/ grants, health/wellness, SW Ohio

Clermont Northeastern Schools |

CNE will receive $420,000 over three years to help train staff, students, and parents about suicide awareness. The grant will also help study and improve school climate, culture and safety District Dean of Students T.J. Dorsey said the grant will complement CNE’s restorative practices and circles initiatives and fits well with the new Mercy Health School Health Center that opened on campus in September.

New Initiative to Tackle K-12 Mental Health Emergency Room Visit Spike

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Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 |

Nearly a year into the pandemic, the struggles kids ages 5 to 17 face are showing up in emergency rooms. “Everyone is experiencing significantly higher depression, anxiety scans (and) are worried about what’s happening,” said Cricket Meehan, director of Miami University’s Center for School Based Mental Health Programs.


‘Hear a child’s perspective’: How America’s teachers talked with kids about Capitol riot

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Arika Herron and Sophie Grosserode, Nashville Tennessean via USA TODAY |

Allowing students to lead the conversation and reflect on what they are feeling is one of the strategies for discussing difficult events that the education nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves suggests for civil discourse in the classroom. 

Creating a Mistake-Friendly Classroom and the research that supports it

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Edutopia |

When educators make it clear that mistakes are an essential part of the learning process, students can move past fear of failure and flourish as learners.

Supporting research:

Storming of U.S. Capitol may present difficult classroom discussions

Roger Riddell, K-12 Dive |

The events Wednesday afternoon add to a long list of difficult-to-navigate topics in the classroom. 

In addition to creating potentially loaded debate in the classroom, the topic also requires educators to be prepared to provide supports for students whose anxiety and uncertainty is spiked by footage and photos of the events in the news and on social media.

A number of education organizations have resources available that offer blueprints for talking to students about protests, unsettling information and violent events — including Common Sense Media and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, teachers’ mental health suffers in ways they’ve never experienced

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Shefali Luthra, The 19th via USA TODAY |

Since summer, experts have warned that the mental health of the nation’s teachers – a category dominated 3-1 by women – could suffer when school resumed. That prediction appears to be bearing out. Many say their psychological well-being is suffering in ways they’ve hardly ever experienced.

Because of the pandemic, about three-fourths of the 100 largest school districts opted for complete remote learning, an October study found, and a little over a quarter of all districts began the year with a hybrid approach. But as COVID-19 case counts climb, districts across the country have ricocheted from remote to in-person to hybrid models, and many that started with even a semblance of in-person learning have fallen back to remote education.

Between the unpredictability, the isolation and the newfound challenges in reaching their students – who mental health experts worry are also struggling – what little mental health support is extended to teachers feels like nowhere near enough.

Digital self-harm on the rise among students, study finds

Shawna De La Rosa, K-12 Dive |

Digital self-harm, in which students cyberbully themselves by posting anonymously negative comments or memes in response to their own posts, is on the rise, District Administration reports. 


Student drug use: Hamilton advocates win $625,000 prevention grant to work with schools

/ grants, health/wellness, SW Ohio

Mike Rutledge, Journal-News |

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the money, which will help Hamilton Prevention Partners Coalition work for five years determining Hamilton’s particular reasons that students between ages 12 and 17 use drugs and alcohol.

How COVID-19 could worsen America’s childhood trauma crisis

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America, Interrupted – PBS NewsHour |

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, a different public health crisis troubled experts nationwide: childhood trauma. More than 60 percent of Americans report having at least one adverse childhood experience in their life, and now, things are seemingly getting worse. The pandemic has forced millions of children to learn from home instead of school, where teachers can more easily catch early signs of maltreatment. Experts worry that trauma is going unchecked. 


New KY Coalition Aims to Promote Trauma-Informed Education in Schools

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

Nadia Ramlagan, Public News Service |

The Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Children, formed by more than two dozen organizations during the pandemic, wants to promote policies and programs that recognize how adverse childhood events affect children’s social and emotional health, as well as other health issues for youth, such as diabetes, obesity, hunger and mental health. 

Kids want to learn more about mental illness and how to cope with parents who live with it

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Joanne Riebschleger and Jennifer Tanis, The Conversation |

One in five teens has a parent with a mental illness such as anxiety or depression. These teens are at greater risk of developing a mental illness themselves. 

And while they may be familiar with the day-to-day behavioral changes of their family member, they often don’t have access to accurate mental health information that can empower them and increase their ability to respond to mental illness stigma. 


Opinion: I’m Autistic. I Didn’t Know Until I Was 27.

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Marianne Eloise, New York Times |

“When I was growing up, I was as unkind to myself as other people often were to me: I called myself evil, cold, weird. I internalized the worst things anyone could say because I believed them. Looking back at that child now, and that disruptive teenager, I just want her to know that she is loved. I see her staring so intently at her books or her train set or her Game Boy and I wish I could tell her that she’s autistic — and that it isn’t only OK, but good.”

Marianne Eloise

Marianne Eloise is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Vice, The Guardian and other outlets.

Commentary: Who gets the COVID-19 vaccine first? Social justice must be a factor

Craig Klugman and Angira Patel, Chicago Tribune |

“Distributing a scarce medical resource such as a vaccine is an imperfect art at best. Such plans combine science (who is at risk; for whom is the vaccine safe and effective) and ethics (justice, equality and equity) to decide who will get the first doses. Eventually, there will be enough doses for everyone who wants them, but until that time these hard choices must be made. Crafting a COVID-19 vaccine allocation policy that acknowledges trying to address health inequities is a step in the right direction.”

Craig Klugman and Angira Patel

Craig Klugman, Ph.D., is a professor of bioethics and health humanities at DePaul University. Angira Patel, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of pediatrics and medical education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a pediatric cardiologist and a bioethicist.

Editorial: Pass Collin’s Law to help stop hazing

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The Columbus Dispatch |

“Few parents ever want to see lawmakers pass a bill named for their child, because when that happens, it typically comes after there has been a tragic end to a short life. Once a mother and father have experienced the horrific death of a son or daughter, they surely want to think their child didn’t die in vain. It won’t ease their pain — not in the least — but knowing that something has changed to try to prevent another senseless death can provide a ray of hope. This is why the Ohio General Assembly must finish its work on House Bill 310 and send Collin’s Law: The Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act to Gov. Mike DeWine. It will close a chapter in the nightmare lived by Kathleen and Wade Wiant of Dublin since they received the unthinkable news that their son died after collapsing in an off-campus fraternity house at Ohio University on Nov. 12, 2018.”

“We hope lawmakers pass HB 310 to strongly discourage such harmful acts in educational institutions.”

1 In 4 Young Adults Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts Under The Pandemic

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Michael Monks – WVXU |


With Childhood Vaccinations Down, Cincinnati Children’s Holds Vaccination Event

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has seen as much as a 20% drop in childhood vaccinations under the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a concerning trend that, if left unchecked, could lead to a “twindemic” that’s a threat from both the coronavirus pandemic and a measles outbreak.

Now, Cincinnati Children’s has partnered with several local health agencies in coordination with the American Academy of Pediatrics to hold a day long vaccination event on Dec. 5.

Cincinnati Children’s to help with UC’s overflow of young adult patients due COVID-19 surge

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Cincinnati Enquirer |

The surging COVID-19 cases and the ensuing staffing crush on Cincinnati-area hospitals has Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center reaching out to help with some specific adult care.

The children’s medical center will take on UC Health overflow of adult patients to age 30 who have complex care needs, officials said Monday. “We can do so without compromising the excellent care we provide children,” said Dr. Patty Manning, chief of staff for Cincinnati Children’s.

“The number of adult patients we can care for will vary day to day, but caring for kids will always be our first priority,” she said.

COVID-19: New analysis of 135,000 cases details how disease hits children

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Cincinnati Enquirer |

Black, Asian and Hispanic children tested and treated for COVID-19 are faring significantly worse than other children during the pandemic, according to a new and comprehensive analysis made by an organization representing seven of the nation’s largest pediatric medical centers. The disease also hits poor children and those with diabetes and cancer hardest, the analysis shows.


LGBTQ foster kids have a harder time finding permanent homes

PBS News Hour |

According to a recent study, more than a third of kids in New York City’s foster care system identify as LGBTQ. Most of those children end up in group homes and treatment centers, rather than finding permanent homes with families. Ivette Feliciano speaks with Mary Keane of You Gotta Believe, a New York City adoption center, about the challenges these young people face in the foster system.

Students need tools to safeguard their mental health in uncertain times

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Sian Beilock – Hechinger Report |

My own research has shown that when people are afraid of math, neural alarm signals go off in the brain before a math test — not during or after. Our anxiety comes from our worries about what might or could happen. 

This seems especially true for young people. They haven’t lived through similar experiences they can draw upon for context. That’s why seeing uncertainty for what it is, even during these unprecedented times, can prove challenging.

Sian Beilock, a cognitive scientist, is president of Barnard College at Columbia University.

Experts and school leaders see COVID-19, isolation taking toll on students’ mental health

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Since coming back from summer break, Mason City Schools has had about 850 alerts for concerning searches or other similar activity on school devices, according to Superintendent Jonathan Cooper.

WCPO – Nov 19, 2020

“‘How do I die?’ Or, ‘does it hurt to die?’ Or, ‘if I’m being abused should I die?’ Those are some of the literal searches we’re seeing come up,” he said.

Last year, the district had 43 students go through an “at-risk assessment,” which means there is increased likelihood that the student is having serious thoughts of suicide.

Just since the beginning of this school year, one racked by COVID-19 closures and uncertainty, 51 students have already gone through that same assessment. Cooper said a major theme they’re seeing in these cases is social isolation.

Ohio’s sex trafficking laws in spotlight for ‘loophole’ charging minors

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Federal law automatically assumes all minors involved in sex trafficking are victims. But like 18 other states, Ohio allows minors to be arrested and charged with prostitution.

And Ohio law makes it even more difficult to charge the traffickers. Prosecutors are forced to prove 16 and 17-year-olds were forced, coerced or tricked into commercial sex acts before being able to convict their trafficker.

Ohio Sen. Teresa Fedor, a Democrat from Toledo, has fought for years to close the loophole and hopes her latest bill to do that will pass in 2020. “Sixteen and 17-year-olds are left out as an outlier,” Fedor said. “Minors do not decide that they’re going to do these things.”

Ohio Attorney General David Yost agrees but still thinks prosecutors should be able to charge some minors with solicitation. “What I’ve seen in my career in the justice system that court involvement is a huge help and a way to help them recover,” Yost said.

Indian Hill student creates program to help those learning from home feel less isolated

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Junior Sophie Chabris created Corona Care Callers where high school students are paired with children who are learning from home — children like Leonardo Lertora.

15 Mason kids to hospitals for suicidal ideation in 3+ weeks, COVID-19 pandemic hits kids hard

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Cincinnati Enquirer |

The Mason district has made student mental health a priority since kids recognized the stresses that their fellow students were facing and talked with administrators about addressing it in 2017, Cooper said. The school offers an array of services, including peer suicidal ideation training among students and professional therapy.


County health department contact traces overwhelmed


In a Monday news release, Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) said disease investigation cannot be rushed and hiring more contact tracers still can’t match the exponential growth of the virus in the area.

Much like Warren County, CCPH has switched from making phone calls for contact tracing to sending emails and letters in some situations to provide quarantine instructions and information.

CCPH said phone calls are still being made in situations where there are a large number of contacts for a single case, where there is a potential for further spread of the disease.

The Warren County Health District (WCHD) announced it has hired additional contact tracers and teamed up with local universities to deal with an overwhelming number of rising COVID-19 cases in the county.

LGBTQ+ youth and young adults face unique mental health risks as pandemic rages on

Eye on Ohio – Ohio Center for Journalism |

When Tyler, a sophomore at Cleveland State University, started hormone replacement therapy two months before spring break, the last thing he expected was to spend the rest of the semester with his parents in Westbrook, New York. Tyler had been living with three other trans students he befriended through CSU’s LGBTQ+ Student Services before campus housing closed in mid-March. When Tyler moved in with his parents, they were still uncomfortable with his trans identity and were not using his preferred pronouns (he/his). 

“I wasn’t out in high school and college was the first place I felt like I was actually able to be myself,” Tyler said. “I felt like my sense of community was ripped away all at once.”

Those first few months of quarantine, when Tyler didn’t have a laptop and couldn’t access CSU’s online counseling or the LGBTQ+ center’s virtual drop-ins, were emotionally rough. “The conversations I had with my parents were conversations I was not prepared for, especially being on hormones. For a while, it was like I was regressing back to my high school self at home.” 


Helping Students Read Emotions Behind Masks

Edutopia |

Teaching young students to tune in to facial expressions—even when partially obscured by a mask—can support the development of emotional literacy skills.

DeWine Names New Ohio Health Director, Chief Medical Officer

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Ideastream |

Stephanie McCloud is the new director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). McCloud currently leads the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

DeWine also named Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff as ODH’s chief medical officer. Vanderhoff currently serves as chief medical officer for Ohio Health.


Online discussion on how educators can address child abuse and neglect during virtual learning

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The Ohio Department of Education is partnering with the Ohio School Counselor Association and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to host Champions for Ohio’s Children and Families: Addressing Child Abuse and Neglect, a meetup for any school personnel who interact with students on a day-to-day basis.

The meetup is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Hilliard superintendent: Mental health takes priority over curriculum


Dr. John Marschhausen made the plea to teachers in Hilliard City Schools on Wednesday. He told 10TV guidance counselors in his district are seeing the toll COVID-19 has taken.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had a couple of students who have considered suicide. We had a suicide earlier in the school year. We have students who have been admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to get help,” Marschhausen said. “It’s real. It’s not something that’s just a statistic. It’s something that’s amplified because of this crisis.”

He wants teachers to slow down and adjust their lesson plans. “Right now, we’re asking teachers to balance and to talk,” he said. “I don’t want our teachers to feel the stress to get through all the content that you would normally get through in a traditional school year at the expense of not being there socially and emotionally for our kids.”

45 missing children recovered during largest statewide anti-human trafficking operation in Ohio

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost along with federal and local law enforcement officials announced 177 people were arrested and 45 children were recovered in what they described as the most successful missing child recovery operation the U.S. Marshals service has participated in.

Yost said through the operation called Autumn Hope, 177 people were arrested statewide. Officials said 109 109 human trafficking victims were rescued and referred to social services. The operation involved over 50 law enforcement agencies and non-government partners, making it the largest statewide anti-human trafficking operation in Ohio’s history.

Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

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AP |

The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year.

Older adults may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus, but ending the pandemic will require vaccinating children, too. Last week, Pfizer Inc. received permission to test its vaccine in U.S. kids as young as 12, one of only a handful of attempts around the world to start exploring if any experimental shots being pushed for adults also can protect children.

Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning

RAND Corporation |

RAND researchers describe the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative — which is an effort to explore whether and how children benefit when schools and out-of-school time programs partner to improve and align social and emotional learning — as well as what it takes to do this work. The researchers report findings and early lessons from the first two years of implementation in the six participating communities.

Based on the first two years of work in the initiative (from 2017-2019), the researchers found that:

  • Implementation efforts benefitted from developing adult understanding of their own SEL skills in order to foster these in students
  • Although each community customized its approach, three common strategies were used:
    • implementing SEL through explicit skills instruction,
    • integrating SEL into academic instruction and OST activities,
    • and creating a positive in-school and out-of-school culture and climate
  • SEL-focused partnerships (between schools and OST programs and/or districts and OST coordinating entities, or intermediaries) faced substantial barriers—but there were strategies to help overcome them
  • It was helpful to first create a shared vision of SEL, determine roles and responsibilities, and identify which SEL skills to develop

Executive Summary

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Doctors warn of outbreak on horizon as childhood immunizations take dramatic drop during pandemic

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A dramatic drop in the number of childhood vaccines given has doctors concerned about the possibility of an outbreak of preventable diseases like measles or whooping cough. “We’ve seen different reports showing our volumes are low in clinic, as well as the number of vaccines given out is also low,” said Children’s Hospital physician Dr. Tasha Johnson.

Johnson said their lower vaccine numbers appear to be related to the lower number of children being seen for routine checkups.

‘We’re always there for them’: is the tide turning against zero-tolerance in UK schools?

The Guardian |

In recent years details have leaked out of very successful schools using approaches that reduced children to tears, with some students, according to England’s children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, spending days in isolation booths. One Norfolk academy advised teachers to provide buckets for ill pupils to vomit in during lessons rather than leave the classroom – although it has since backtracked.

More teachers are rejecting cruel school culture and opting for ‘trauma-informed’ behaviour management, based on children’s emotional needs – radically different approach to managing behaviour, based on understanding pupils’ personal circumstances and helping them to overcome the impact of traumatic experiences in early life, or outside school, that may be affecting their behaviour – such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence and family breakdown.

Families struggle to meet basic needs

USA TODAY, NoKidHungry, WCPO, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati |

For families already living in or at the edge of poverty, the effects of the pandemic have been especially devastating. With child care centers and schools closed and safety nets disintegrating under enormous demand, families that have been thrust into poverty now see little hope of getting out.

Meeting basic needs like food and shelter has become a daily challenge; many are just one eviction notice away from homelessness. Across the country, parents are going without food to feed their children, relying heavily on free lunches from schools and runs to local food banks, many of which have strained to meet demand.


Child advocates seeing more shaken baby, broken bones, severe physical abuse as pandemic goes on

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Reports of child abuse and neglect dropped by nearly 50% in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in the weeks after quarantine restrictions began in March. Now, six months later, as reports of abuse and neglect rebound, child protection workers said they are seeing more severe physical abuse, especially of very young children, than they did in 2019.

Child abuse and neglect reports in Hamilton County are still down 10% from normal levels, after rebounding from a 40% plunge this spring after Ohio officials issued stay-at-home orders. But experts say a greater percentage of abuse hotline calls now are leading to the discovery of severe physical abuse.

Ohio Sees a Troubling Increase in Uninsured Children

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CityBeat |

An annual report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families reveals there were 27,000 more uninsured Ohio children in 2019 than in 2016.

Kelly Vyzral, senior health policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, said that’s a 26% increase, and ranks Ohio seventh in the nation for the number of children without health coverage. “Right around 131,000 children are uninsured,” Vyzral explained.

At almost 5%, Ohio’s rate of uninsured kids mirrors the national rate and reverses a longstanding positive trend.

DODD Launches Training to Support Youth with Complex Needs

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Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities |

Supporting Youth with Intensive and Complex Needs Online training series is now available in DODD MyLearning. The training is designed for direct support professionals who work with multi-system youth who have complex behavioral health needs. 

Lakota: Focus on Meeting the Social & Emotional Needs of Virtual Learning Students

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“Nothing replaces seeing the students face to face all day, every day,” said Lori Brown, Lakota’s Director of Student Service. “But the good news is that everything we have wanted to do to meet the social/emotional needs of our VLO students, we have found a way to do it.”

There are online peer groups, specific check-in times or lunches with counselors, virtual tools for mindfulness, support sessions for parents, a new junior high mental health and suicide prevention program – and these are just a few of ways that Lakota is addressing this important topic.

Clermont Northeastern collaboration provides secure NEST for learning

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NEST (Nutrition and Education in a Safe Environment equals Transformation) operates mobile units – repurposed RVS, park-and-ride buses etc … – and takes them into the communities they serve. There, they provide nutrition and tutoring help in a calm, quiet environment. NEST has approximately 200 volunteers – trained, screened and certified – who work with the students.


Tipp City Teachers say added COVID-19 tasks take away from teaching

Dayton Daily News |

The union representing Tipp City teachers is asking the district’s school board for relief from “mental fatigue” they said teachers are experiencing due to added tasks required during COVID-19 school days.

The Tipp City Education Association’s president last week told the board teachers have less ability to problem solve and strategize because they not only are teaching but cleaning desks, sanitizing classrooms and picking up tasks previously handled by more aides and volunteers.

New Richmond Schools launches new anti-bullying mobile app

Clermont Sun |

The mobile app is called “Stay Safe, Speak Up,” and it’s “designed to empower students, families, and school staff to prevent bullying and speak up about school safety concerns, including bullying, discrimination, thoughts of suicide, self-harm, and more,” reads a press release from NREVSD about the program.

The mobile app is a product of PublicSchoolWORKS, a safety compliance management company.

Little Miami: Start with Hello Week


Start With Hello is a prevention program launched by the Sandy Hook Promise that teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive & connected to each other.

Start With Hello teaches empathy and empowers students to end social isolation by following three easy steps:

  1. See Someone Alone
  2. Reach Out and Help
  3. Start with Hello!

Stressful times are an opportunity to teach children resilience

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The Conversation – Vanessa LoBue |

“As a developmental psychologist and researcher on anxiety and fear in infants and young children, I have been particularly concerned about the impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health. Many have not physically been in school since March. They’re isolated from friends and relatives. Some fear that they or loved ones will contract the virus; they may be hurt in racial violence or violence at home – or they might lose their home in a wildfire or flood. These are very real life stressors. Decades of research have documented serious consequences from chronic stress in childhood. But psychologists have identified ways in which parents teach children how to cope with adversity – an idea commonly known as resilience.”

Vanessa LoBue

Vanessa LoBue is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University Newark

CNE: Health center an icebreaker for CNE campus, surrounding communities

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Clermont Northeastern |

Clermont Northeastern School District remodeled the high school’s home economics wing into the new Mercy Health Center at CNE.

Superintendent Michael Brandt spent much of his educational career in urban settings, including Cincinnati Public Schools and Newport City Schools, before taking over at CNE in 2015, said, “Coming here to a rural environment, I was startled by some of the challenges that people had here trying to find quality medical care, so having this new ability to treat students here and for the community to have something here is really vital.”

Fairfield teachers reinvent the classroom by teaching outside

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At Compass Elementary in Fairfield, language arts teacher Jerica Hinson has gone a step further to reinvent the classroom by walking her students out of class and into the fresh air.

“To get them learning outside, it just retains their attention so much better. They’re happier. They’re excited to learn,” Hinson said.

Growing Up Poor In America – in places like Ohio

/ health/wellness, Ohio, social-justice


The documentary follows these three Ohio children and their families as the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies their struggle to stay afloat.

Hear from Shawn, 13 of The Plains (southeast Ohio), Kyah, 14 of Columbus, and Laikyen, 12 of Marietta in the Frontline documentary, “Growing Up Poor in America.” As the country also reckons with issues of race and racism, the children share their worries and hopes about their futures.

Through the eyes of children – “Growing Up Poor in America,” premiered September 8th, 2020 on PBS.

Farm-to-school program teaches students city farming

/ curriculum, health/wellness, SW Ohio


Students at James N. Gamble Montessori High School haven’t returned to the classroom just yet, but they are successfully making the shift to outdoor learning through agricultural sciences. Students in the farm-to-school program are learning the ways of farming in the middle of the city focusing on planting, harvesting and later eating crops like arugula, asparagus, mustard greens, rhubarb and more.

Mary Dudley runs the school’s food sciences program. She has her largest class ever this year. “I think of it as a social justice issue as students really need to know what they are eating, where food comes from and how they can contribute to a sustainable future,” Dudley said.

Rural Ohio school district telehealth project could be blueprint for region

/ health/wellness, Ohio, rural-ed, tech

Farm and Dairy |

A long commute is an inconvenience. But when you’re one of two behavioral health counselors for Switzerland of Ohio Local School District, with eight buildings spread across 536 square miles, it’s more than an inconvenience. It’s a serious hindrance to your work.

This year, the district has been the site for a telehealth pilot project that could be replicated by other school districts across the state. The project is increasing broadband infrastructure and other equipment and facilities so that counselors can meet with students in different buildings, virtually.

Lydia Brodegard, director of special education for Ohio Valley Educational Service Center, said the district is the largest geographical district in Ohio, covering all of Monroe County and parts of Belmont and Noble counties.

The project is connected to the Ohio Broadband Strategy and is a $1 million effort funded by Ohio Medicaid.

‘I’m Only 1 Person’: Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids

/ BigPicture, health/wellness


There are more than 4 million public, private and charter school teachers in the United States. The typical teacher is a woman in her early 40s.

Over the summer, NPR and Ipsos surveyed a national sample of teachers, and we found that about half had children under 18 at home. Of those, 57% agreed with the statement: “I cannot properly do my job from home while also taking care of my children.”

Child abuse reporting numbers fell, but now on the increase as school resumes

/ health/wellness, Ohio

Reporting of child abuse fell in Ohio as COVID kept kids from school

Columbus Dispatch |

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services received 78,706 reports of child abuse and neglect from March to August, down from 99,303 reports last year during the same time period.

“That’s not because child abuse and neglect was no longer happening,” said Lindsay Williams, executive director of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. “It was because children were no longer seeing teachers, school personnel, day care providers, coaches and those individuals that are ‘mandated reporters’ and would typically make those observations that would be indicators of potential concern and reporting those concerns.”

Child Abuse Calls Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels As Schools Restart


Whenever students return from summer break, social workers expect to see increased reports of possible child abuse. And this year some counties are approaching pre-pandemic levels already.

First-Ever Report Spotlights California, New Jersey, D.C. as Best in Nation for Creating Prenatal-to-3 Policies That Set Children Up to Excel in Early Education

74 Million |

Only California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have implemented all of the state policies that research shows contribute to young children’s health and well-being during their first three years, according to a comprehensive new “roadmap” released Tuesday.

The five state policies highlighted in the roadmap are: expanded income eligibility for health insurance, reduced barriers to applying for food stamps, paid family leave, a minimum wage of at least $10 and a refundable state earned income tax credit that is at least 10 percent of the federal one.

The report, which includes profiles of each state, also recommends six strategies to support young children’s readiness for school, including having a proven screening and referral program, supplementing federal funding for Early Head Start and having broad criteria for which children can access early intervention services. But the findings show that no state has implemented all of them.

As Schools Reopen Amid COVID-19, Teachers Worry About Their Mental Health


The increased stress began this spring, as schools closed and teachers had to adjust to online instruction. One study from Louisiana showed that the percentage of teachers with signs of depression nearly doubled.

Now, as teachers head back to the classroom, many are facing a growing list of stressors. They may be worried about keeping students socially distant — or keeping them engaged through an iPad.

Columbus Receives $2.5 Million Grant For Middle School Sex Education

/ curriculum, health/wellness, Ohio


Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced Thursday it received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will go towards their work in Columbus City Schools. The money will fund a three-year project called Get Real, targeted at 7th and 8th grade students.

Get Real will focus on teen pregnancy prevention in 12 middle schools, reaching 7,000 students.

The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide

/ BigPicture, health/wellness


At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed almost 10,000 Americans on their mental health. They found symptoms of anxiety and depression were up sharply across the board between March and June, compared with the same time the previous year. And young people seemed to be the hardest-hit of any group.

Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had “seriously considered” suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high.

Data collection for several studies on teen mental health during the pandemic is currently underway. And experts worry those studies will show a spike in suicide, because young people are increasingly cut off from peers and caring adults, because their futures are uncertain and because they are spending more time at home, where they are most likely to have access to lethal weapons.

The Benadryl challenge is the newest social media game which can be quite dangerous, and potentially fatal

/ BigPicture, health/wellness

Cincinnati Children’s |

The Benadryl challenge is something many kids first saw on the social media app TikTok. The “challenge” consists of young people being encouraged to take multiple doses of the medicine which can induce hallucinations.

Mason City Schools staff every school with mental health therapists

/ health/wellness, Solutions, SW Ohio


For the first time in the district’s history, each of the district’s school buildings will house a mental health therapist employed by Children’s Hospital.

“An effort or an emphasis on mental wellness is more important now than it’s ever been before,” said Superintendent Jonathan Cooper. “We have four buildings with 10,500 students and so we want to make sure that our students have access right there in the building to support them and our families have that access.”

Lebanon School District hires contact tracer

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, SW Ohio


The district spent federal CARES money to hire a nurse to only track and work with those who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

“The cases that we had during the first week, we were able to do all of the contact tracing within two to three hours, and the health department has told us that it would take them two to three days to do that amount of contact tracing,” according to Superintendent Todd Yohey.

By quickly identifying students and staff members who may have been exposed, the district said it can help control new outbreaks before they’re able to grow.

Hundreds protest new student flu vaccine mandate at Massachusetts’ State House

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

Boston Herald |

Hundreds of parents and students gathered outside the Massachusetts’ State House on Sunday to protest Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate requiring children — even those attending classes remotely — to receive the flu vaccine if they want to return to school.

Earlier this month, state health officials announced all students 6 months and older will be required to get the flu vaccine by the end of the year, unless medically or religiously exempt. Baker said the mandate came about as a means to take pressure off health-care systems as the coronavirus pandemic extends into flu season, but the requirement will stay in place even after the pandemic ends.

Ohio Requiring School Districts To Establish COVID-19 Notification Systems

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, Ohio

Statehouse News Bureau |

The health order will require districts to establish a reporting mechanism so parents and guardians can tell a school if their child or a staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19. DeWine says an example could be something similar to an attendance phone line, which parents call to tell administrators their child will be absent.

Then the schools will be required to notify the local health department and the other families of that school within 48 hours.

Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis

/ BigPicture, health/wellness, Solutions

Hechinger Report |

More students are experiencing anxiety and depression, forcing schools to prioritize mental health needs over academic work.

“What’s happening right now is that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, are experiencing a potential stressor,” said Marisha Humphries, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a licensed clinical psychologist. “Schools appear to be very focused on academics and how do we combat summer slide, but I think the first priority has to be how are we going to support children’s social and emotional development. You cannot do effective instruction if children’s social and emotional needs aren’t met. It’s very hard to focus on algebra if you’re anxious or depressed.”

Fairfield Local joins lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

/ health/wellness, legal, SW Ohio

Hillsboro Times-Gazette |

Fairfield Local will join other Ohio school districts in a class action lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin. Participating in the lawsuit will not cost the district anything, but the lawsuit could help fund additional services for local students.

Nurses Are on the Virus Front Lines. But Many Schools Don’t Have One.

/ BigPicture, health/wellness

The New York Times |

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every school have a nurse on site. But before the outbreak, according to the National Association of School Nurses, a quarter of American schools did not have one at all. And there has been no national effort to provide districts with new resources for hiring them, although some states have tapped federal relief funds.

Tennessee Teachers Can Remain In Classrooms After Exposure To COVID, According to New Policy

Newsweek |

According to the Tennessean, several school districts across the state have deemed teachers as part of the “critical infrastructure,” the designation allows teachers to still come to work if they have either been exposed to the novel coronavirus or are living with someone that has tested positive. To come back to work, teachers must show no symptoms of the virus and are required to wear a mask.

A letter from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Education, notes that “any critical infrastructure designation by a school district is not being adopted pursuant to any State-endorsed framework or authority.” The letter also states that while anyone who tests positive for the virus should self-isolate for 10 days, school districts across the state “may adopt policies and choose to exempt certain staff,” and designate them as essential employees.

Trump Administration Declares Teachers Essential Workers, Says Can Stay In Class If Exposed To Covid-19

Forbes |

In adding teachers to its list of essential workers, which is only guidance and nonbinding, the government is advising teachers exposed to confirmed cases of Covid-19 but who are not exhibiting symptoms to remain at work and not quarantine.

How the pandemic exacerbates pressures on students experiencing homelessness

Michigan Public Radio |

Michigan already has the sixth highest rate of homeless students in the country, and many of those children rely on the consistency of walking into a physical building five days a week.

About one out of every twelve Michigan fifth graders experienced homelessness at some point during elementary school. Because of the pandemic, those kids are now cut off from their normal sources of support.

Federal court clears way for new Title IX K-12 rule, takes effect Friday

/ BigPicture, health/wellness, legal

Education Dive |

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday in favor of new Title IX rules requiring districts to significantly upend sexual harassment and assault reporting processes. The rules are set to take effect Friday.

The decision denied the request of 18 attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia for a preliminary injunction. It acknowledged while the concerns may be sound, the court’s role “is not to substitute its judgment for that of the [U.S. Department of Education]” and is not to ask “whether a regulatory decision is the best one possible or even whether it is better than the alternatives.”

Clermont Co. official thinks child abuse going unreported during pandemic

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio


O’Reilly said abuse cases are down nearly 50%. However, he thinks just because the case numbers are down means they aren’t being reported.

“Normally, you’ve got pediatricians, you’ve got teachers, you’ve got kind of that front line of defense of child abuse is recognizing it,” O’Reilly said. “What do you do when there’s not that front line?”

Ohio Agencies Look to Reduce Racial Bias in Child Welfare

/ health/wellness, Ohio

CityBeat |

Compared with their white peers, Black children are more likely to linger in foster care, less likely to find a permanent home and more likely to be placed in an institutional setting. Robin Reese, director at Lucas County Children Services, said they are focusing on prevention as they work to reduce disparities.

Local pediatrician weighs in on in-person K-12 classes this fall


Dr. Chris Peltier, featured in Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday coronavirus briefing, says sending children back to school in the fall is the best decision. 

Dr. Peltier is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Mount Carmel and has been for the last 21 years. He is also the president-elect of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently strongly recommended children return to class in the fall.

5 reasons to make sure recess doesn’t get short shrift when school resumes in person

The Conversation |

Children will return to school for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic upended everything, they will most likely spend less time on school grounds. And as educational leaders decide how to schedule elementary school students’ days, they see catching students up on math, English and other academic subjects as a top priority.

Helping students heal from the stress and trauma of what they have been through this spring is also essential. We are founding members of the Global Recess Alliance, an international group of health and education experts who came together in the pandemic to advocate for saving school recess.

Child Abuse Reports Down, But Advocates Say Abuse May Be More Prevalent

/ health/wellness, Ohio

Statehouse News Bureau |

Child abuse reports in Ohio were down by half in March – when schools were shut down – compared to a year ago. April’s reports were down 45% from a year ago, and reports of child abuse were down 36% in May compared to last year.

Kristi Burre heads the Office of Children Services Transformation at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and said families are struggling with isolation and economic stress – especially those who were already in poverty.

“There’s a recognition that for all of us, things have been a bit stressful, and the potential that many of our kids and families in communities across the state are at greater risk, and then that may of course lead to greater risk of child maltreatment,” Burre said.

Fairfield student survey shows drop in reported use of drugs and alcohol by teens

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

Cincinnati Enquirer |

The survey is conducted every other year by the Fairfield Prevention Coalition. It asks students if they used prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed to them, alcohol, tobacco or vaping, and marijuana in the previous 30 days of the survey, along with other questions.

The survey shows reported underage tobacco use is down 86%; prescription drug abuse is down 38%, underage alcohol use is down 51% and marijuana use is down 16% from 2008 – the first year of the survey.

“The hot spot is that marijuana use is up (since the last survey),’’ said Deborah Neyer, the coalition’s executive director. “Most use starts in eighth grade – between 12 and 13 years old. We’re beginning to see a lackadaisical attitude about marijuana use.”

A Focus on Empathy in Distance Learning

Edutopia |

Many students have a tough time learning at home, but teachers can create space to listen to their concerns and guide them to overcome obstacles.

Resolution declaring racism public health crisis on horizon in Hamilton County


The resolution will be modeled, in part, on a similar measure approved by Franklin County commissioners in Columbus a few days before the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests nationwide and in Cincinnati.

Kids need physical education – even when they can’t get it at school

/ health/wellness, physed, Solutions

The Conversation |

When it comes to promoting physical activity, researchers have referred to physical education as “the pill not taken.” Currently, only Oregon and the District of Columbia have policies that require schools to provide the nationally recommended amount of time for PE – 150 minutes weekly for elementary grades and 225 minutes for middle and high school students. 

More than half of the states have loopholes that let high school students skip PE.

OASN: From kindergarten to college, back-to-school preparations need to start now

The Highland County Press |

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine childhood vaccinations have plunged. This can create a drop in herd immunity and potential for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

OASN warns families that waiting until classes start could make it difficult to make an appointment with their child’s pediatrician or primary care provider.

Confronting Inequity / The Trauma We Don’t See

ASCD – Dena Simmons |

“It is only in the past decade that I have come to realize that I still carry with me the trauma of having grown up in an unsafe neighborhood terrorized by the violence of poverty and racist policies. For years, I had convinced myself that because I performed well in school and have continued to experience success in work and in life, I was fine. However, the traumas of a childhood burdened by fear, bigotry, and family suffering have not left me unscathed. To the outside world, I may look as if I am thriving—winning awards, speaking nationally, and writing a book—but underneath it all, I am still on my healing journey, still putting myself back together.”

Dean Simmons

Dena Simmons is an educator, and activist who supports schools throughout the United States in implementing social and emotional learning and culturally responsive and equitable practices.

Appalachian Children Coalition launched to help Southeast Ohio young people

Pike County News Watchman |

The Appalachian Children Coalition is a first-of-its-kind regional partnership of Educational Service Centers; Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Boards; and K-12 school districts across 24 Southeast Ohio counties. 

The coalition’s initial focus will be on three areas:

  • lack of internet access, and the negative impact this has on a majority of kids across Southeast Ohio;
  • the shortage of child behavioral health specialists;
  • the lack of in-patient, acute care facilities.

A full list of the Coalition’s member agencies can be found in the article.

Learn more at the Appalachian Children Coalition website.

App designed to detect suicide and violence risk, mental health disorders being tested

/ health/wellness, Solutions

WKRC Cincinnati |

Clarigent Health, a Mason-based tech company built the decision support tool for mental health professionals. Clarigent Health is working with the Children’s Home of Cincinnati to test the app. Children’s Home works with about 60 school districts for therapy sessions with students. Right now, three of those districts are testing the app in including Three Rivers.

More schools are choosing therapy dogs, even with an uncertain school year ahead

/ HCESC, health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WCPO |

Currently, the Hamilton County Education Service Center and Circle Tail have placed six therapy dogs in schools, where they work as interns until the school decides to pick up the bill by hiring the dog.


Lakota: Specials Find Special Place in Remote Learning

via Lakota Schools |

At a time when art, music, technology, exercise and creativity are a daily outlet to help offset the emotional toll of quarantine, Lakota’s “specials” teams are rallying to fuel their families’ idea banks.

Just as they do in a traditional learning environment, Lakota’s daily K-6 specials – art, music, gym, health, technology and STEAM – play a critical role in developing the whole child. Besides supporting social, emotional and mental health, they provide a creative outlet through which students can oftentimes apply their academic content. 

10 Comfort Games That Encourage Kindness, Community and Well-Being

/ health/wellness, Solutions

via KQED/MindShift |

French philosopher David Émile Durkeim believed that games are a cornerstone of human bonding, while their power to absorb and distract helps ease our thoughts from the troubles at hand.

Closed Schools Are Creating More Trauma For Students

via NPR |

Between closed schools, social isolation, food scarcity and parental unemployment, the coronavirus pandemic has so destabilized kids’ support systems that the result, counselors say, is genuinely traumatic.

School counselors say the coronavirus pandemic has so destabilized kids’ lives that the result is genuinely traumatic. And closed schools make it harder for counselors to help.

Idle Time, Family Dynamics and Low Self-Esteem Make Perfect Recipe for Cyber Bullying

/ BigPicture, health/wellness, tech

via Spectrum News 1 |

Millions of kids sitting at home and looking for ways to socialize, may find themselves in situations they didn’t plan for, including cyberbullying. Adolescent therapists say it’s bound to happen since kids are spending more time on technology during this COVID-19 age than before.

There’s an App for That—School Counseling and SEL Go Online

/ health/wellness, Solutions

via Edutopia |

From virtual counseling to wellness apps, school districts are increasingly turning to “telehealth” to meet students’ mental health needs during the pandemic.

Mental health professionals urge caution with all digital outreach, given that not all families have the resources to stay tapped in virtually, and recommend educators consider ways they can reach everyone—whether it be by phone, text messages, or even letters sent home.

But though the pending issues are grave, mental health professionals retain some optimism that the digitals tools will provide new ways to connect with and support students now—and when the pandemic ends. “We’ve got to see the silver lining in all of this,” said Melissa Reeves, past president of the National Association for School Psychologists. “It’s a new skill set that might enable us to increase and provide services in ways we haven’t in the past to reach more students.”

Mental wellness during the coronavirus pandemic

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via Clermont Sun |

School-based services have shifted to staff contacting children/families by phone to keep the connection to the child and provide any help or support needed.

Who’s watching out for vulnerable kids when schools are closed?

via Dayton Daily News |

Educational professionals are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, filing one in five claims nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

From Wi-Fi to Food Drops: How Districts Are Tackling the Big Issues Now

via Edutopia |

Most education leaders say the U.S. has never faced anything like this before. The leader of Chiefs for Change on the short and long view as coronavirus continues. Edutopia spoke to him about the macro issues emerging in education as the coronavirus closes almost every K-12 school in the nation—an event Mike calls “a crisis without precedent.”

Mike Magee is the chief executive officer of Chiefs for Change, a network of district and state education leaders dedicated to changing the status quo around education equity in the United States. Magee was formerly a teacher of American literature and philosophy at Haverford College, and won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Studies for his 2004 book Emancipating Pragmatism.

Fighting anxiety with ‘Mindful Music Moments’

/ arts, health/wellness, Solutions

Thousands of students are starting each school day with a moment of silence. It’s part of a growing program called Mindful Music Moments that aims to fight anxiety among kids.

Each morning, a few minutes of classical music, typically recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or the Cincinnati Opera, is played over the intercom. Students are encouraged with a prompt each day, maybe to imagine being a conductor or just to sit in silence and listen.


Milford: House talks removing barriers for students, mental health support

via Clermont Sun |

Through that tenure, House said she’s proud of establishing norms of equity and access for students.

“We recognized the significant increase in mental health concerns and identified how we could budget for more supports, including a director of comprehensive mental health supports, social workers, a school psychologist in every building, and support through Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Child Focus of Clermont County,” she said.


School screenings for depression seek to save kids’ lives

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via The Columbus Dispatch |

Thousands of central Ohio students have been surveyed about their mental health over the past four or five years, and officials say the process helps identify kids at risk.

Program designed to stop kids from making repeated school threats working in Hamilton County

via WLWT |

Leisgang, chief psychologist for Hamilton County’s juvenile court was directed to create a better way to gauge the intensity of targeted threats of school violence. “A risk assessment is not just identifying the risk factor, but it’s implementing interventions to address and reduce those risks,” she said.

Butler County group agrees with Ohio governor: Youth suicide increases alarming

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via Journal-News |

“It’s all right in alignment with what we’re seeing in Butler County,” said Kristina Latta-Landefeld of Envision Partnerships, a local non-profit that works to help people live healthy and, drug-free lives. “There have been significant effort in the county (to curtail suicides) and I think that we were a little bit on the earlier end within the state” in creating a county suicide-prevention plan.

COVID-19 Local and State Resources

Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH), as one of 113 local health departments in Ohio, is part of a highly-organized prevention and response effort for the coronavirus, or COVID-19 outbreak.

The agency is in lockstep with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in managing protocols for prevention and if necessary, mitigation of cases of COVID-19.


Mason: Therapeutic dog Lucy joining Mason Schools

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WLWT |

Mason schools is testing a dog therapy support program at their elementary and intermediate schools. Lucy, a Labrador retriever, is now the district’s therapy dog. If the program is successful, the district will pay $1,500 for Lucy to stay in Mason.

The district wants to eventually have one therapy dog at each school as part of its mental wellness program.

Survey Suggests More Kentucky Students Are Vaping and Depressed

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

via WVXU |

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted last spring shows the rate of vaping increased from 15.1% in 2017, to 31.4% in 2019. High school students saw a nine percent jump in the same time period.

Ohio remains prepared as coronavirus spreads

/ coronavirus, health/wellness, Ohio

via Dayton Daily News |

Kenna Haycox, senior policy consultant for the Ohio School Boards Association, said COVD-19 is just coming onto schools’ radar, and she got her very first request for COVD-19 information from a school district Wednesday.

Ohio EPA: Water systems at schools, daycares being tested first for PFAS

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via The Columbus Dispatch |

Nearly 250 Ohio schools and daycares with their own water supply systems are the first public systems being tested by the state for PFAS, or so-called forever chemicals.

Daycare and school water systems are in 60% of Ohio’s counties, records show, and testing should take another month or so. Testing the rest of the public water systems in the state will likely go through the end of the year, Griesmer said.

More than 100,000 people use the water systems at the school and daycare sites, according to state data.

Best selling author to speak at Mason High School about mental health.

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WLWT |

Author Kate Fagan will be in Mason, Thursday, talking about Maddy’s story, the impact social media can have on teens and the competitive atmosphere students experience.

Humane Society of Summit County launches anti-bullying program to teach 4th graders compassion for animals and people

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via |

The program is designed to teach empathy and good citizenship as a way to improve students’ relationships to other people and animals.

Cincinnati Children’s launches video visit service, one of first for kids in Tri-State

/ health/wellness, Solutions

via WLWT |

The service, called CincyKids Health Connect, is one of the first video conference offerings specifically catered to pediatric care in the Tri-state. No other Children’s Hospital in the area has the service yet.

Mt. Healthy Schools attempt to get ahead of, address trauma in daily routine

via WLWT |

“This year, we’ve brought in some mental health partners … This year in particular, we are partnering with West Point and we’ve brought them into the school. … We have onsite counseling for students that are willing to accept that. We also have in-school programs for students that need a little bit more support, and we’re looking to kind of bridge that with some family support after hours of school by starting somewhat of a parent group to kind of get those parents some support.”

Mt. Healthy South Elementary Principal Laura House

DeWine Touts Wraparound Services As Way To Help Students Reach Full Potential

/ health/wellness, Ohio

via Statehouse News Bureau |

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is doubling down on his commitment to renew education funding for student wellness programs saying these services can play a vital role in a student’s education. The governor told a crowd of about 1,400 educators about his mission to renew the fund during a summit on mental health and social-emotional learning in Columbus.

Dabbing marijuana drug trend catches most parents, teachers off-guard

/ health/wellness, SW Ohio

via WLWT |

Dabbing is discreet and looks a lot like vaping. But the marijuana concentrates that people use to dab packs an incredibly strong punch.

Experts at the Drug and Poison Information Center, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, don’t yet have a lot of dabbing-specific data, but they’re starting to track the trend and said the number of calls about dangerous dabbing interactions are on the rise.

In Kentucky Schools, Hundreds Of Students Are Struck By Staff Each Year, and It’s Legal

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness

via WVXU |

Kentucky is one of 19 states where corporal punishment is legal in public schools. That means it’s legal for educators in public schools to inflict pain as a form of discipline, usually through spanking. But state lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban the practice.

Ohio children feel traumatized by some active shooter drills. Do students need them?

via Cincinnati Enquirer |

“Grown-ups don’t understand what it feels like. Even when they tell me it’s a drill, I still have to hide, so I don’t believe them.”

“In a fire drill, you don’t set a fire.”

Kings: Adult Drug Education & Awareness Program at Our Next Community Learning Series

/ community, health/wellness, SW Ohio

via Kings Local Schools |

The next topic in the Kings’ Community Learning Series, “Street Smart Ohio; Adult Drug Education & Awareness Program” will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Kings Junior High School

In this session, parents will learn up-to-date information on trends in drug use. Attendees will learn new terminology, types of paraphernalia, and the signs and symptoms of someone under the influence.

This special program is presented by Captain Shawn Bain (Ret.) and Sgt. Michael Powell (Ret.), both retired undercover narcotic offers courtesy of a grant from the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Mindfulness Transforms Culture At High-Needs Elementary School

/ Beyond Ohio, health/wellness, Solutions

via NPR |

A struggling elementary school in East Nashville, Tenn., is incorporating mindfulness, but experts caution that mindfulness is not a panacea and programs should follow scientific guidelines.

Video: Meeting the Needs of Homeless Students. Lessons From One District

via EdWeek |

Project Lift-Off, a summer program for homeless middle school students in Lee County, N.C., pairs academic supports and social-emotional learning with basic necessities. It’s the brainchild of 2020 Leader To Learn From Johnnye Waller, the local school district’s homeless liaison. Waller says the program has helped bring more homeless students out of their shells, and increased their confidence and drive to succeed in high school.

Hamilton school taking a different approach to deal with misbehaving students

via WCPO |

Fairwood Elementary’s new MindPeace room is helping students get control of their emotions before situations escalate. The room features the sounds of a rainforest, dim lighting and comfy chairs — quite a change from the principal’s office.

Audio: Teacher Unions Question Efficacy Of School Safety Drills

via WVXU |

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss school safety drills and how they are implemented in the classroom are American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Cincinnati Public Schools Board Member Mike Moroski; Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students School Counselor Tracy Redding; and Ohio Students for Gun Legislation Executive Director Ethan Nichols.

Opinion: Trauma-Informed Practice Is a Powerful Tool. But It’s Also Incomplete.

Simona Goldin is the director of instructional design for seminars and special programs at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. Debi Khasnabis teaches courses in multicultural and multilingual education in elementary teacher education and is the chair of elementary teacher education at the University of Michigan School of Education.

We must expand trauma-informed practice to include work supported by the scholarship on systemic inequality and racism and the ways these injustices harm children. Research on ACEs demonstrates that trauma is pervasive across all demographics, but this information has landed in an inherently racist and unequal society. Thus, when children of color experience trauma, they are often read differently than White children by teachers and educators.

Simona Goldin & Debi Khasnabis

Powerful SEL Is Happening After School, Too

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New research shows that when schools extend SEL lessons beyond the classroom into after-school programming, students’ academic skills and classroom behaviors improve.  

Report: Are Districts the Nation’s Adolescent Mental Health Care Providers? A Mandate to Support Seven Million Students in Crisis

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Many schools have become the de facto mental health providers for adolescents, and many are not prepared for the task. Those are the findings of a new report from the research and consulting firm EAB, released Thursday at the annual conference for the American Association of School Administrators.

Ohio Ranks 42nd In Nation For Dealing With Youth Homelessness

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via WVXU |

True Colors United and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty have partnered to release the State Index on Youth Homelessness.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were evaluated on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. Information is based on 2019 data.

The report looked at 61 metrics in Ohio, and found the state needs policies to prevent homeless young people from coming into contact with the criminal justice system and needs more state-level help to protect them.

CPS: Woodward students put blood, sticks into learning career as phlebotomists

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via WCPO |

Sticks 4 Kicks students spend hours doing lab work and even practicing on each other. At the two-day event this week, they have the chance to get their 30 sticks so they can take the phlebotomy certification exam.

Southwest: HOSA Sending 27 to State Competition

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via Southwest LSD |

Harrison HOSA students competed at their Southwest Ohio Regionals on Saturday with great success! The school posted a record number of first place finishes! Twelve teams or individuals took first place in their competition.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Helping Students Re-enter School After a Mental Health Crisis

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via KQED MindShift |

The BRYT program, which was founded and pioneered in a Boston-area school in 2004 by the nonprofit Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, has emerged as a successful model for helping kids re-enter school after a mental health crisis.

Madeira High Schoolers Hoping to Help

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via Madeira City Schools |

Eighteen Madeira High School (MHS) students are sending a message of hope they want every one of their classmates to hear. Their message is this, “We’re just a group of people who will listen, who believe in the power of kindness, and who think that your life matters.”

The five Freshman, four Sophomores, three Juniors, and six Seniors promote mental health wellness and suicide prevention in Madeira High School and the Madeira community. They comprise the school’s very first Hope Squad (Hold On Persuade Empower).

School lunch program still serving 4 in 10 Ohio students

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via The Columbus Dispatch |

That’s 717,740 children, about 2,400 more than last school year, according to newly released data reported by schools to the Ohio Department of Education.

Parents, educators line up against proposed SNAP changes on Capitol Hill

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via Journal-News |

Changes could also mean up to 500,000 children could close their eligibility for free school lunches. 

Oak Hills: Delshire Elementary chosen for Innovation Showcase – Childhood Trauma

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via Oak Hills School District |

Delshire Elementary is receiving increasing attention for its work to create a nurturing, empowering environment for children who have experienced childhood trauma. The school was chosen to present on the topic at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center’s Innovation Showcase.

Sexual crimes against children rising according to officials in Brown County

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via Brown County Press |

Investigators fear that a recent increase in adult on child crime is just the beginning of a new pattern. And the concern extends to juvenile court as well. 12, 13, and 14 year olds are committing these same types of offenses against their five, six or seven year old family members or family friends.

Local professionals are pointing to a number of factors, including what they consider the breakdown of the traditional family structure.

When the bus is the schoolhouse

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In a remote region of Appalachia, a preschool on wheels offers a vehicle to improved life outcomes for young children and their families. Rosie Bus is set up like a mini-preschool and comes right to the door of children in rural Kentucky who otherwise have few viable preschool options.

“If we’re going to make a significant impact on children’s learning and developing brains, we have to serve the whole family,” Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education’s Executive Director.

Researchers Link Autism To A System That Insulates Brain Wiring

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via KQED MindShift |

The finding could help explain why autism spectrum disorders include such a wide range of social and behavioral features.

For kids seeking opportunity, some Ohio neighborhoods are worlds apart

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The latest “Child Opportunity Index” has been released for 100 metro areas where about two-thirds of the nation’s children live. Neighborhoods are ranked from very-high to very-low opportunity according to 29 conditions within education, health and environment, social and economic areas.

For the most part Ohio’s large cities are close to or above the national median when looking at overall scores. However Ohio metro areas fare poorly when it comes to the gap in opportunities between neighborhoods, racial and ethnic inequalities, and disparities in life expectancy.


Facility Dog Pilot Program Continues through May

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HCESC is working closely with the non-profit organization Circle Tail to bring “facility dogs” to area schools. Circle Tail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to provide service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities. 

The dogs’ human foster parents and handlers spent two days of training at Circle Tail’s facility near Goshen, Ohio, in January of this year.

Together, HCESC and Circle Tail will be implementing a pilot program allowing four facility therapy dogs to “work” and provide their services to those in an educational environment through May.


Illness closes Three Rivers Schools

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According to Superintendent Craig Hockenberry, as many as 600 students and 50 staff members are sick. Many of them have the flu.

Custodians will spend the time to completely disinfect and sanitize the campus, according to the school’s website. They plan to clean all Chromebooks and buses, in addition to every room and area in the building.

“It’s about a four-day incubation period, so that’ll give us Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to do some extra cleaning, sanitation, to get ready for Monday,” Hockenberry said. “Hopefully we’ll get healthy again.”

CNE: Vaping Parent Presentation

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via Clermont Northeastern Schools |

On Wednesday, January 29th Clermont Northeastern High School will be holding a Vaping Parent Presentation, 6p-8p, in the High School Cafeteria. The presentation will be delivered by representatives from Steered Straight (

Hope Week at Madeira High School promotes mental health awareness

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via WLWT |

They’re told to QPR: question, persuade and refer when a student is struggling.

“A lot of kids are suffering, and they a lot of times keep it bottled, and they’re too afraid to tell anyone, and that can get really dangerous, especially with suicide and everything going on in today’s culture,” said junior Izzy Gutierrez.

The learning effect of air quality in classrooms

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via The Hechinger Report |

In recent studies, researchers are scrutinizing the physical environment that surrounds students, especially the temperature and air quality in classrooms.

In a study soon to be released in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, researchers examined 10 million students across the country and found that they had lower scores if they experienced hotter school days in years preceding the test, with extreme heat being particularly damaging. They calculated that every Fahrenheit degree increase in the outdoor temperature over a school year reduced that year’s learning by 1 percent.

Several other studies in the article are referenced pointing to the impact of heat and air quality on test scores.

Sycamore: Farm-to-table teaches kids to eat local, taste new foods

via WLWT |

Sycamore Community Schools is working with Local Food Connection, a food hub based in Newport, that connects local farms to schools, to help teach students to develop healthy eating habits.

Freedom Center Exhibit To Bring Awareness And Fight Against Human Trafficking

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via WVXU Cincinnati

According to the Freedom Center, in 2018, Ohio was ranked the 5th highest state with known human trafficking cases. Inside the 275 belt loop, where human smuggling isn’t as prevalent, trafficking happens. The issue is that people aren’t aware of the practical knowledge that could help prevent and possibly help save the victims. Motel X is separating fact from fiction when it involves sex trafficking stereotypes and labor trafficking stereotypes.


Rate of uninsured Ohio children nearly doubled in two years

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via WCPO Cincinnati

More than 41,000 kids under the age of six are uninsured in the state of Ohio, and that number has been increasing over the last two years.

Over the last two years, the number of uninsured children under the age of six has grown nationally. In Ohio, the number rose from 3.6% to 5% in just two years, above the national average of 4.3%.


Emotional Intelligence Predicts Academic Performance: A Meta-Analysis

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via American Psychological Association

The authors propose that three mechanisms underlie the EI/academic performance link: (a) regulating academic emotions, (b) building social relationships at school, and (c) academic content overlap with EI. 


Education’s Role In Influencing The Next Generation Of Healthcare Models Around The World

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via Forbes

Social-emotional learning (SEL), problem solving, and other “soft skills” emphasized in today’s classroom environments are now highly sought after in the professional development provided by businesses and organizations. Recent research by Harvard’s David Deming even suggests that soft skills will soon outweigh hard skills in workplace importance. 

Butler County ESC Receives $1.3M Grant to Fight Infant Mortality

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via Butler County ESC |

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and its Medicaid managed care plan partners recently awarded $1.3M to a collaborative community-wide initiative in Butler County to curb the alarming rate of infant mortality among African-American babies in the region.

Butler County Educational Service Center has been awarded the grant and will coordinate efforts for the community-wide coalition, which includes the most experienced, dedicated and appropriately-equipped community partners, to find and implement the necessary solutions. 

Suicides dramatically increasing across Ohio, according to Ohio Department of Health

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In 2018, suicide was the 11th leading cause of all death in Ohio among all ages, the leading cause of all death among Ohioans 10‐14 years of age and the second leading cause of all death among Ohioans 15‐34 years. Suicide accounted for 17.5% of all injury‐related deaths in 2018 and was the second leading injury‐related cause of death among Ohioans 15 years and older.

Source: Suicide Demographics and Trends, Ohio, 2018, Ohio Department of Health

A copy of ODH’s full 2018 Ohio Suicide Demographics and Trends Report is available here.

More information about Governor DeWine’s RecoveryOhio initiative is available here. A copy of the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council Initial Report is available here.

Hope Squad has research to back its effectiveness

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A University of Cincinnati sociologist and suicidologist, finds a significant reduction in “suicide-related stigma” with schools that have Hope Squads.

Jennifer Wright-Berryman, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work in UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences, currently has her research paper under peer review.

Hope Squads seek to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training, building, and creating change in schools and communities. Students are nominated by their peers to be on the squad and they look for signs that kids are in distress.

Beginning its second year in Ohio, Hope Squad originated in Utah, where it was started in 1999.

Loveland High School and HCPH to host open forum on vaping and nicotine addiction

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via Loveland City Schools.

Childhood Trauma – A Public Health Issue

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Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the link between self-reported ACEs and 14 negative health conditions and socioeconomic factors, using 2015-2017 survey data for more than 144,000 adults from 25 states in a report released this past Tuesday.

Efforts that prevent adverse childhood experiences could also potentially prevent adult chronic conditions, depression, health risk behaviors, and negative socioeconomic outcomes.

Complete research available from the Centers for Disease Control.

Too much screen time changes children’s brains

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The study put 47 healthy Cincinnati-area children between 3 and 5 through magnetic resonance imaging of their brains as well as cognitive testing. While the study did not learn how screen time changed the brains, it did show that skills such as brain processing speed were affected.

Vaping an increasing problem for Ohio Schools

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Across the state, the number of vaping incidents in Ohio schools has skyrocketed by more than 700 percent since 2016, according to a months-long investigation by WBNS-TV. The reporting was done in partnership with sister stations, WTOL in Toledo, and WKYC in Cleveland. WBNS mapped school vaping incidents across the state.

WLWT spoke with Sycamore High School Principal Doug Mader, where he showed what staff members have taken from students recently. On a table were dozens and dozens of vapes, Juuls, liquid flavoring — all gadgets that students are using.

Why Recess Should Never Be Withheld as Punishment

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via Edutopia |

“Experts argue that recess is necessary for a child’s social and academic development, and skipping it as punishment for misbehavior or to accommodate more seat time is a serious mistake.”

Butler County seeks grant funding to help reduce infant mortality

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via The Journal-News

Hamilton, Middletown, and Butler County are applying for up to $1.49 million in grant funding from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to help pay for education programs to raise awareness of problems around infant mortality.

read the full article in The Journal-News

Support builds for later school start time legislation

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via WKRC

Ohio state senator Sandra Williams, who introduced SB 218 last week that would require schools in Ohio start after 8:30am, has said her office has received more pro calls than con. Some parents, a lot of students and the medical and mental health communities are supporting the bill. Those against the bill are mostly parents who are concerned about how later school start times will affect their workday.

full article available from WKRC

California Tells Schools to Start Later, Giving Teenagers More Sleep

via New York Times

The law, signed last week by Governor Gavin Newsom, pushes back the start times at most public middle and high schools, making California the first state to order such a shift. Classes for high schools, including those operated as charter schools, will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. under the law, and classes for middle schools will start no earlier than 8 a.m.

full article available from New York Times

Ohio Kindergartners Vaccinated Below National Rates

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via WVXU

Ohio kindergarten vaccination rates from the 2018-2019 school year are less than the national average, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 percent of Ohio kindergartners have a vaccination exemption on file, a figure which has increased slightly from last year. Ohio state law allows for vaccination exemption in the event a parent or guardian objects to immunization “for good cause, including religious convictions.”

Full article available from WVXU.

Ohio lawmaker calls for later start time for all schools

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via WLWT Cincinnati

State Senator Sandra Williams of Cleveland, introduced Senate Bill 218 this week that would have schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The bill was introduced days after California’s governor signed a related bill into law. The Ohio law would apply to district, charter and STEM schools at all grade levels.

Full article available from WLWT.

Pilot program sends nurse practitioner to health clinics at schools in Akron and Warren

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via WEWS Cleveland

Two Northeast Ohio school districts, one in Akron and another in Warren, are taking part in a pilot program conducted by Akron Children’s Hospital to provide school-based health clinics to students. Students can have their parents opt into the program that will allow them to receive in-person well-child exams and evaluation for illness through video technology.

Ohio House of Representatives Passes Bill Requiring School Districts to Address Youth Suicide

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Ohio House of Representatives Passes Bill Requiring School Districts to Address Youth Suicide.
via Campus Security and Life Safety.

If signed into law, the measure would require districts to establish a threat-assessment team and teach students about violence prevention and identifying depression. Students, parents and staff would be able to send in safety tips and report the data to state officials, who already operate a free tip-line service available to all districts.

School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources

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School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources.
via NPR.

Multiple districts filed lawsuits on Monday, including school systems in Kansas, Missouri, New York, and Washington. Three of those suits charge that Juul has hooked a generation of young smokers with its sweet flavors, placing a burden on schools.

Teen anxiety, depression prompt Greater Cincinnati schools to implement creative mental health programs

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via WLWT Cincinnati

For young people, the rush of life, both away from class and in school hallways, can feel nonstop.

But a group of seventh grade students at Hopewell Junior School in the Lakota School District recently slowed things down.

The students learned about belly breathing while soothing music played in the background.

The Lakota School District also uses music to help elementary age students cope with stress.

full article available from WLWT

CPS superintendent wants district to have ‘significant role’ in stopping youth violence

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via WLWT

Many people want to see lifesaving practices change. Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell agrees. Mitchell said the district has a hand in the healing and prevention process.

“I think we do have a significant role to play in terms of helping to pull together community, parents, young people to problem solve around these issues,” Mitchell said.

Schools Share Illness Info To Keep Others Well

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via WVXU Cincinnati

At least four Southwest Ohio schools are participating in a program which uses a smart thermometer and an app to track and stop the spread of disease.

The FLUency program, sponsored by Kinsa and Lysol, wasn’t able to share which local schools have signed up for privacy reasons, but says 1,400 schools are taking part nationwide.

full article available from WVXU

Should more schools use drug testing? One Warren County school touts its success.

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via WCPO Cincinnati

Fenwick, a private school in Warren County, and Edgewood High School, a public school in Butler County, are the only local schools to test their students for drugs. At least four Catholic schools in the area — Cincinnati LaSalle, Dayton Carroll, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne and Kettering Alter — have drug testing in place.

full article available from WCPO

Let’s Talk Cincy: CPS to combat mental illness and gun violence

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via WLWT Cincinnati

Alexis Rogers and Courtis Fuller sit down with Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell and learn about CPS’s new direction to help Cincinnati students reach their best potential. We also hear about the new measures CPS schools are taking to combat mental illness and gun violence in Cincinnati teens.

‘Kids coming to school with more trauma:’ Here’s what local schools are doing

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via Dayton Daily News

The Dayton Daily News Path Forward project surveyed the largest school districts in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, and Warren counties to find out how they’re addressing mental health as youth suicide rates hit an at least 18 year high statewide.

Many districts have added counselors and social workers to their staffs this year, as well as contracting for those individuals through Medicaid, county education service centers, and other government and mental health agencies.

And local schools will use a variety of tools to address the mental and emotional needs of students this year.

full article available from The Dayton Daily News

$20,000 in suicide prevention services coming to Clermont County schools this school year

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via Cincinnati Enquirer

The County Commissioners approved the funding from Clermont County Family and Children First this week, according to the release. The programs will serve Milford High School, West Clermont Middle and High Schools, Williamsburg High School, Goshen Middle and High Schools and Miami Valley Christian Academy.

Springfield Local Schools looking to add vape sensors to school bathrooms

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via WTOL Toledo

District leaders say vaping is a big problem with students. The sensors would alert administration if vaping is happening in Middle and High School bathrooms.

Ohio bill would mandate child sex abuse education in schools

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via WKRC

In light of recent sex abuse cases in the Cincinnati area, some local lawmakers have introduced a new bill (House Bill 321) that mandates child sex abuse education in Ohio schools.

This bill has been introduced three other times in the state legislature and failed. Lawmakers in the Cincinnati area are hoping with the recent news in Springboro, more lawmakers might sign on.

Indiana passed a similar law in 2015. A similar bill has also been introduced in Kentucky as well.

Vaping joins cellphones as recurring problem for school districts

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via Columbus Dispatch

Kenna Haycox, senior policy consultant at the Ohio School Boards Association, said the use of vape products among students is a problem both locally and nationally.

“Every school in Ohio should be treating e-cigarettes at minimum as cigarette smoking,” Haycox said.

School districts across Ohio include policies prohibiting the use of vape products by students, employees and community members on school property.

Children’s Home adds counselors to local schools to prevent violence

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via WCPO

In the last four years, the Madisonville-based organization almost doubled its staff, employing 410 licensed counselors, social workers, educators and more placed in over 80 schools across Greater Cincinnati.

And in response to recent violence, the Children’s Home added 30 counselors to its staff this summer.

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