Norfolk Public Schools

NORFOLK - Norfolk Public Schools will be implementing a comprehensive mental health and behavior plan.

At the Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Jami Jo Thompson proposed the plan to the board.

Thompson said each of the elementary schools and middle school have developed a team of administrators, teachers, and counselors who have been studying Multi-Tiered System of Support and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support.

She said it utilizes a tiered system of supports and intervention strategies to prevent behavior issues and support students with mental health issues.

"The vast majority of student needs are met in tiers one and two via supports and intervention strategies provided by existing teachers, counselors and administrators.  However, students with significant needs require more intensive tier three interventions, which are beyond teachers’, school counselors’ and administrators’ expertise. These must be provided by Licensed Mental Health Practitioners."

Thompson said the practitioners are needed from Pre-K to the Senior High.

She said the plan includes contracts with ESU 8, Oasis Counseling, and Midtown Health Center.

The plan was unanimously approved and implementation will begin this coming school year.

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