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  • 1058 Fifth Avenue, Jonesboro GA 30236
  • Phone: (770) 473-2700 | Fax: (678) 817-3098
Psychological Services
Lead School Psychologist
Cheri- Ann Taylor, Ed.S E-Mail
 

Administrative Assistant II

 Eneida Dupree
(770) 473- 2700 Ext. 700157

************Important Update*********

As we work to provide our students ongoing learning opportunities while utilizing digital formats it is important to keep the social emotional learning needs of our students a priority. 

The tips included on this sheet will help parents provide students with daily opportunities to take a Brain Break while learning. These opportunities assist in providing students time to take a break from learning with a structured time to return.

Try one of the activities below at least 2 times a day to help your student remain focused on learning:

  • Dance for 3 minutes
  • Close your eyes and hum your favorite song
  • Run in place for 3 minutes
  • Do jumping jacks for 1 minute
  • Sit with your legs crossed for 1 minute
  • Draw a picture
  • Focus on the sound of your breath for 1 minute
  • Write in a journal

The videos below are also helpful tools and will help you create a Brain Break for your student:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK25r16Bv3A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZeM18fPbvI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=388Q44ReOWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mZbzDOpylA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn_2GY1gTyo

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

 

The following sites can provide guidance when talking to your student:

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/SMA14-4886

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/sma14-4885

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home, at Play, and Out and About, https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf



Who Are School Psychologists? 

The Clayton County Public Schools Department of Psychological Services is comprised of School Psychologists who team with educators, parents, and other school staff to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. 

School Psychologists work within a school setting to promote the psychological, cognitive, social, and behavioral health needs of students. They collaborate with educators and other professionals to create positive, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home and school. School Psychologists develop programs to train school personnel regarding educational and learning strategies; discipline and behavior management; and proactive strategies for working with children who have special needs. Additionally, School Psychologists provide a continuum of services that include consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators; comprehensive psychological assessments; creating prevention and intervention strategies to address group or individual student needs within the classroom; crisis management; and collaboration with stakeholders and community groups to promote healthy development in youth.

 

School Psychologists Work With Students to:

  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional practices to improve learning.
  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills; effective problem solving; anger management; self-control; and optimism.
  • Provide counseling and mentoring to those struggling with social, emotional, or behavioral problems.

School Psychologists Work With Families to:

  • Assist parents with understanding special education eligibility and advocate for children's needs.
  • Recommend practical strategies to assist parents with children who may struggle with emotional, social, and behavioral concerns.
  • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services.
  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems in children and adolescents that may interfere with school success.

 

School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:

  • Identify academic strengths, weaknesses, and related needs of students and how these individual differences affect school achievement.
  • Provide effective academic and behavioral strategies and interventions tailored to the needs of individual students and those with language and cultural differences.
  • Conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations that are informative and offer practical, appropriate interventions relevant to the needs of the student.
  • Provide suggestions for maintaining and providing classroom environment conducive to optimal learning and student engagement.
  • Provide consultation and guidance on utilizing progress monitoring systems.
  • Provide guidance in developing student's pro-social skills such as conflict resolution and anger management.

 

School Psychologists Work With Administrators to:

  • Develop and provide in-service and educational presentations at school and system levels on a variety of topics related to student achievement and mental health (e.g., teaching and learning strategies, and SST, classroom and behavior management, and social skills training).
  • Assist in the development and implementation of school-wide initiatives designed to promote positive school climates conducive to learning and intervene with children at risk of failure.
  • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school discipline issues and bullying.
  • Participate in the development of crisis prevention and response plans, conduct training for system and school personnel, and serve on the district's crisis response team.
  • Assist in analyzing data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability.

 

School Psychologists Work With Community Providers to:

  • Help develop meaningful, collaborative partnerships between educators, parents, and community services through consultation and collaboration.
  • Assist teacher, administrators, and parents in addressing the needs of students transitioning from a hospital or institutional setting.
  • Act as liaison between school, parent, and community mental health professional and physicians as needed
  • Serve on teams designed to foster collaboration with the community agencies (e.g., Quad CST, FastPanel, Juvenile Justice, and Truancy Prevention, Intervention, and Education).