COVID-19 has directly impacted all of our lives, including the children. While things may appear alright on the surface, underneath traumatic stress may be taking a devastating toll on the mental psyche and ability to function and process information that changes daily. As we try to adjust to the impact of COVID-19, it’s important to highlight the role of social-emotional health. The Forsyth Promise was created to ensure every child in Forsyth County, from cradle to career, receives the best education possible so they’re fully equipped to thrive throughout life. To do this requires that we focus on “the whole child” that includes their cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. The 2019 Education Report highlights the launch of WS/FCS Social-Emotional Learning Initiative that centers our attention on the role social-emotional learning plays in the classroom. As The Forsyth Promise plans forward we will scaffold the school system’s work by uplifting the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model which supports our belief that students perform better in the classroom when they’re healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. This year, TFP is committed to further aligning and integrating academic and health resources that support the success of every child from cradle to career. In addition, we will begin to create the ecosystem that supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describe as, “an ecological approach that’s directed at the whole school, with the school in turn drawing its resources and influences from the whole community, and serving to address the needs of the whole child.” Achieving success requires all of us to work together. Be safe. Be kind to yourself and others. Most importantly, take care.
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