Statement on Mental Health Education Requirements

Statement on Mental Health Education Requirements
Posted on 07/18/2019

We are aware of the actions of the State Board of Education Wednesday. We applaud Governor and First Lady DeSantis’ commitment to the mental health of our children, as well as Education Commissioner Corcoran’s stewarding it through the process to bring it to the State Board of Education. 


Flagler Schools has already taken proactive steps to promote mental health awareness in our schools by placing additional mental health counselors and school psychologists on our campuses. We have also asked members of our community to help mentor students of all ages. We have already begun the process of rolling out a number of mental health programs from the Sandy Hook Promise, to include S.O.S. Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, which is aimed at our high school students. Flagler Schools is also an active partner in the Flagler Cares Program, which aims to bring better health care, to include mental health care to all citizens of Flagler County.


While we await further guidance from the Florida Department of Education as to how and when this new mental health curriculum should be implemented on a local level, we are moving forward with the initiatives already in place to fill a critical need for our students and look forward to adding and expanding mental health supports.


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