Parent Resource Highlights
Mental Health Awareness
Using health education standards adopted in rule 6A-1.09401, school districts are required to provide a minimum of five (5) hours of instruction to students in grade 6 – 12.
We must address, at a minimum, the following topics:
· Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders
· Prevention of mental health disorders
· Mental health awareness and assistance
· How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders
· Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources
· The process for accessing treatment
· Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques
· Strategies to support a peer, friend or family member with a mental health disorder
· Prevention of suicide and
· Prevention of the abuse and addiction to alcohol, nicotine and drugs
The School District of Osceola County will be providing instruction in these areas in the Reading and Research classes for Grades 6 – 8 and English Language Arts (ELA) for Grades 9 – 12. These classes are taught by certified teachers and will be supported by School Counselors, School Social Workers and School Psychologists.
We have partners with PurposePrep to provide videos for class discussions. Our teachers have undergone 6 hours of training in the curriculum as a prerequisite to teaching students the information in the classroom.
Parents with questions about the requirements or the classes are welcome to contact their student’s school administration.
2019-2020 Mental Health Plan Mandate Letter (English)
2019-2020 Mental Health Plan Mandate Letter (Spanish)
Mental and Emotional Health Education Implementation Plan
Substance Use and Abuse Health Education Implementation Plan
Child Trafficking Prevention Education Implementation Plan
Panorama Student Survey (Grades 3-12) Parent Letter
SDOC's Wellness Minute Video Series
Wellness is a continued focus for Dr. Pace and the Osceola School District. Each month a new video will engage viewers on how to develop good habits that lead to a happier, more fulfilled sense of overall well-being.
Meet Lakaysia Smith ! She is a social worker that meets regularly with elementary and middle school students. In her video, she is going to talk on the link between physical exercise and mental health. She speaks about the benefits exercise has on dealing with stress and anxiety. Ms. Smith is joined by two trainers who demonstrate some simple exercises that can be done anywhere to help illicit positive emotions.
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The School District of Osceola County is ranked number 1 in the nation for percentage of students linked to Khan Academy and College Board!
Khan Academy has recently partnered with College Board to provide students with a free world class resource to help them prep for the SAT. When students take the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9, their scores will be linked to the Khan Academy SAT prep site and they will receive personalized practice as item-level data from students’ PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 to generate specific practice recommendations based on an actual exam taken under test-like conditions. Which means…students will practice on skills they need to be successful in the SAT. Students are highly encouraged to utilize this FREE Resource to increase SAT scores, which may lead to college acceptances and scholarship opportunities! Log on to https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.