SC Department of Education Partners with Vector Solutions to Keep Students Safe and Mentally Healthy

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All schools in South Carolina have access to Vector’s Student Safety and Wellbeing courses that cover topics such as dating violence and depression.

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has partnered with Vector Solutions, a provider of training and risk management solutions, to provide all school districts in the state with free access to the library student safety and well-being lesson plan.

The partnership includes courses with short web-based video lessons covering a variety of safety and emotional well-being topics. It is funded by $50,000 from the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) and an additional $30,000 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

“Anxiety, depression, trauma, bullying and other behavioral health issues can negatively impact school climate and student achievement. SCDE is providing this on-demand virtual resource to help students better understand and respond to these challenges,” said Dr. Sabrina Moore, Director of SCDE’s Office of Student Advocacy Services. “We believe this resource will be a valuable tool for schools as they continue to work to meet the mental and behavioral needs of students.”

Vector lessons help schools promote discussions and awareness around the critical challenges that many young people face, the company explains. The courses, which are available in modules for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12, include:

  • Depression Awareness
  • healthy relationships
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Trauma Awareness
  • Dating Violence Awareness
  • Sexual Abuse Awareness

Student safety and wellbeing lessons are created by subject matter experts and presented by young people to help students connect more easily with every lesson. Schools can use them for primary prevention training or for remediation with students who may have discipline issues, according to the company.

Courses can be assigned to students to complete independently or can be used in a facilitated group setting. Discussion questions, lesson plans, activities and assessments are included in each module. More than 70 districts across the state also use Vector Solutions for school safety staff training.

For more course information, visit www.vectorsolutions.com.

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