Orchard Park schools inviting parents to take part in mental health curriculum
Schools in New York are now mandated to teach about mental health, and Orchard Park is taking it a step further by offering parents a series on mental, social and emotional health.
“It really started over the last year to 18 months where we’ve seen concerning behavior in our student body,” said Lisa Krueger, assistant superintendent for curriculum and pupil services for the Orchard Park Central Schools.
The district has experienced student suicide and dealt with grieving students and faculty during that time. It also is seeing more students seeking help to cope with pressures.
“Often it’s our top-performing students who are now sitting in the office of our student counselors. A lot of our kids are stressed, anxious, and have the weight of the world on their shoulders,” she said.
The family is a key component for student mental health, and the district wants to give parents as much information as possible and strengthen the partnership with families. Three sessions are planned, one on suicide, one on anxiety and the third on the effects of screen time on youth.
“More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents” is the first session. It will