Dana Pellebon, Co-Executive Director and Director of Client Services for the Rape Crisis Center (RCC) presented an overview of the RCC mission, resources, and education outreach. New co-chairs of the committee, Lavinia Vulpal and Maia Pearson, were introduced.
Safety and Student Wellness Ad Hoc Committee
The Board of Education voted to establish an Ad Hoc committee relative to Safety and Student Wellness on March 14, 2022. The committee is composed of 13 people recommended by the Board of Education. Board member Maia Pearson and student Lavenia Vulpal are co-chairs for the 2022-2023 school year.
With the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued gaps in community mental health and wellness services, this committee aims to collaborate with youth, families, school partners, district staff, and community leaders to address root causes of student disengagement and behavior.
Mission/Charge of the Committee
The mission of the committee is to create and implement a vision of Safety & Student Wellness through community engagement and action. This work will include making recommendations to the Board of Education around strategies and creating a system of accountability among partners and stakeholders.
- What is our vision for student safety and wellness?
- What would you like MMSD to do differently or more?
- What are you committed to doing to support our vision?
Membership and Meeting Frequency
Four stakeholder groups will allow the core group of voting members to engage with stakeholders in order to keep them informed of the work, and provide opportunities for feedback.
At the start, the committee plans to meet every other week. They may reduce that cadence to once per month, as the committee sees fit. At this time, they anticipate meeting for 18 months.
The committee continued the discussion on safety and mental health started during the previous meeting on August 11. The meeting opened with student and teacher participants highlighting the importance of timely information during potential crisis situations and the need for drills.
Staff from MMSD's District Office provided an overview of the interface between the Office of School Safety and Mental Health in our school district. The conversation focused on the kind of mental health programming being provided to students, and also discussed practitioners and partnerships supporting mental health in our schools. The discussion included how mental health efforts are connected to safety