- Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students that is free from bullying and harassment. This commitment also applies to the distance learning platform.
- The use of distance learning methods to educate students has resulted in a reduction of some traditional forms of bullying behavior; however, cyberbullying has become more commonplace.
- Cyberbullying is defined as the use of electronic communication to bully a person by sending messages of an intimidating, threatening, or humiliating nature.
- Similar to other types of bullying, cyberbullying may cause children to experience anxiety, fear, depression, and low self-esteem, and may also lead to poor academic performance.
- To assist students and parents in addressing cyberbullying concerns, we have provided a handout for middle school students, and parents (see link below). Please provide students and parents access to these documents.
- Consistent with M-DCPS’ Policy Against Bullying and Harassment, incidents of alleged cyberbullying must be reported to a school-based administrator for investigation.
Information found at: https://mdcpsportalapps2.dadeschools.net/briefings/view_item.aspx?id=27627
The Division of Student Services’ Crisis Management Team
- Following a crisis event, the Division of Student Services’ Crisis Management Team will work virtually to provide consultation and guidance to school administrators, faculty, and school-based mental health services providers.
- The Crisis Management Team stands ready to provide crisis counseling support for students and staff impacted by a crisis event.
The link below details support services offered by the Crisis Management Team in the aftermath of a crisis event.
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Grief Sensitive School Initiative
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will continue to participate in the Grief Sensitive School initiative during the 2020-2021 school year. This District-wide initiative empowers our educators by providing them with the tools to be grief sensitive and to better support grieving students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a time where students and families are experiencing multiple losses, including the loss of physical contact with friends, the inability to participate in activities, the loss of income, as well as the loss of safety and security. The death of a loved one, friend, or teacher can be especially difficult during this time.
In an effort to prepare schools and support students who are grieving, the following resource from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement are being shared with schools. Please utilize as you see fit.
Information found at: https://mdcpsportalapps2.dadeschools.net/briefings/view_item.aspx?id=27730
September 6-12 is National Suicide Prevention Week
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and youth 15-24.
- Youth suicide has increased by 56% over the last two decades.
- In recent years, a significant increase in suicide attempts has been observed among Black adolescent females and males.
- Suicide prevention efforts are greatly enhanced by creating awareness, early recognition of warning signs, help-seeking, and the provision of mental health services. All faculty in Miami-Dade County Public Schools received suicide prevention training during the 2019-2020 school year.
- Any school staff member who becomes aware of a student who is suicidal or has attempted suicide during distance learning must immediately report this information to a school administrator. The administrator will then contact a school-based mental health services provider, who will reach out to the parent/guardian.
- Please utilize link below for more information: “Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators.”
Information found at: https://mdcpsportalapps2.dadeschools.net/briefings/view_item.aspx?id=27625
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Student Services
- Childhood cancer is the disease most likely to kill children, more so than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and pediatric HIV/AIDS combined.
- These cancer-stricken children need our help to raise more awareness about this disease they so valiantly fight every day.
- Two organizations, Mystic Force Foundation and We Care Chemo Kits Cancer Foundation, have partnered with the District to bring attention to September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
- The Mystic Force Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Childhood Cancer Research.
- Additionally, “wishes” are granted to kids in treatment that include monthly in-patient hospital parties and visits to the Childhood Cancer Heaven, the Heroes Handout. Students ages 14 and older are encouraged to volunteer at their events.
- We Care Chemo Kits Cancer Foundation prepares care packages for pediatric cancer patients and their families and hosts special events for them at the hospitals.
- Students are encouraged to do suggested activities attached from home.
- Additional information about childhood cancer may be viewed at the links below.
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