February Update

To the Kent community:

Supporting our students
We know that many of our students are dealing with mental health issues, and I want you to know that our teachers, administrators and staff are committed to helping every student, every day. Our district provides a supportive, caring and safe environment, and we are involved in a number of mental health programs, including Red Flags K-12, a framework and tool kit for mental health education.

I am pleased to announce our participation in a new program with our partners at the Kent State University School of Nursing and Akron Children’s Hospital. As part of a combination of grants, including a $3,000 pilot grant, ninth graders at Roosevelt will be involved in mental health screening in their Health Education classes. 

KSU Community Health Nursing students will use a simple approach called Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Therapy or SBIRT, which has been successful in motivating students at risk for substance use/abuse, depression or anxiety to seek therapy. To participate, students must have parental permission. Not only will results be confidential, classmates will not be aware of who is taking the SBIRT survey or another “placebo” survey. And as part of the program, motivational intervention therapy will be provided at the high school by KSU graduate nursing students from the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at no cost.

Join me for Coffee Talk Wednesday evening, February 21
Join me for “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” On Wednesday, February 21, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Kent Free Library. We will share ideas and information about school events, as well as answer questions from community members. See you there!

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,
George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools