- North Branch Area Public Schools
- Distance Learning Plan and Resources
Mental Health and Well-Being Support
The stress of COVID-19 and school closure can increase the worry and anxiety of students, staff, families, and communities. The following information provides helpful information on how to find additional services, to how NBAPS is working with school-linked mental health services in providing the services to our students.
Therapeutic Services Agency
Therapeutic Services Agency (TSA) continues to operate the North Branch Day Treatment program at its Cambridge TSA location (1700 East Rum River Dr. - South Suite B). TSA does have telehealth options for students/families. New clients can call TSA’s referral line (320-629-7600) to make a new referral. The Department of Health has given agencies telehealth platforms options so TSA is able to serve many clients.
School-Linked Mental Health
NBAPS students receiving services through school-linked mental health services will receive communication from Therapeutic Service Agency in order to develop a plan to continue services during distance learning.
Talking to Children
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. Children also need factual, age appropriate information about the 9 potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Additional information and specific guidelines can be found at: Talking to Children about COVID-19
Bullying and Harassment
COVID-19 is not at all connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. NBAPS staff are mindful that bullying, intimidation, or harassment of students based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, or disability (including the actual disability of being infected with COVID-19 or perception of being infected) may result in a violation of state and federal civil rights laws. NBAPS staff will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate what occurred when responding to reports of bullying or harassment. If parents and families believe their child has experienced bullying, harassment, or intimidation related to the COVID-19 outbreak, they should contact their school principal.
Social Emotional Learning
Minnesota Department of Education SEL Guidance - Click HERE
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) - Click HERE
Panorama Education - Click HERE
Minnesota Department of Education - Click HERE
Minnesota Department of Human Services provides the most up-to-date information for providers, counties, tribes and members of the public - Click HERE
National Association of School Psychologists - Click HERE
National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota - Click HERE
The Colorín Colorado Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for School -Click HERE
The Child Mind Institute's Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus. Students may experience hunger, abuse, or lack of healthcare in their homes and with their families. Know local resources and be prepared to help - Click HERE
SAMSHA's Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak - Click HERE
Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources - Click HERE