Student Health and Wellness
Your local access to information and resources that support your student's behavioral health and wellness so that they can be successful in their academic environment.
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Student Health and Wellness
Student Health and Wellness is a variety of supports provided to students to assist them in being successful in their academic environment. Additional supports are provided in the form of staff training, resources for parents, consultation with specific cases, education in the areas of suicide and bullying prevention, and engagement in programs that aim to assist students in making good choices.
This innovative system allows any Manassas Park community member to submit a tip about a bullying concern, a safety issue, or a general tip. Anyone can submit a tip using any of the four following ways: via text, web, email, or phone. When submitting a tip via web, email, or phone, you will have the option to choose a location to which the tip is referring. When a tip is submitted via text, the option to choose a location is not available. Be sure to list the location in the text so school staff can most effectively address the tip. The option to remain anonymous is always available. However, the more information that is provided, the better school staff can address the tip.
Another unique feature of Safe Schools Alert is the tracking system made available to those submitting tips. Once a tip is submitted via text, phone, or web, a tracking code will be provided. You can then input your tracking code into a box on MPCS's Safe Schools Alert homepage and monitor the status of your tip. There is also an option for school staff to communicate with the tip submitter via messages through the tracking system. This feature can be highly beneficial if the tip submitter chooses to remain anonymous. Be sure to use this great system we have so that we can all help keep Manassas Park City Schools safe!
The Virginia Department of Education considers youth suicide a significant problem which recently has received much attention. With the recent advances in understanding of the causative factors and the parameters of the problem along with the identification of effective intervention strategies, parents and professionals are now able to implement measures that can reduce rates of suicidal behavior in children and youth.
Prevention and awareness are the key factors in helping youth address feelings of anxiety, depression, perfectionism, peer pressure, and other commonly experienced challenges youth face. MPCS is dedicated to providing staff, students, and families with the proper education, awareness, and resources to address this serious youth epidemic.
Below you will find a host of suicide prevention resources, including hotlines, parent information, local and national organizations' web sites, and Virginia Department of Education guides.
Current Prevention Programs In Our SchoolsSigns of Suicide (SOS) is a secondary school-based suicide prevention program that includes screening and education. Students are screened for depression and suicide risk and referred for professional help as indicated. Students also view a video that teaches them to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others. They are taught that the appropriate response to these signs is to use the ACT technique: acknowledge that there is a problem, let the person know you care, and tell a trusted adult. Students also participate in guided classroom discussions about suicide and depression. The program attempts to prevent suicide attempts, increase knowledge about suicide and depression, develop desirable attitudes toward suicide and depression, and increase help-seeking behavior among youth.
- Action in Community Through Service 703-368-4141
- Alternative House 1-800-SAY-TEEN
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press 2 for Spanish
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-National Helpline 1-800-622-HELP or 1-800-799-4889
- Treatment Advocacy Center 1-800-SUICIDE
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Child Trauma Grief Resource List
- Fairfax Partnership for Youth
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief
- Hope Phone (Spanish)
- The National Center for Grieving Children and Families (The Dougy Center)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Spanish)
- Prince William County Community Service
- Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia
- Suicide Prevention Brochure (Spanish)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (Spanish)
- Virginia Department of Health Suicide Prevention Directory
- Virginia Suicide Prevention Coalition
Leaders In Training (LIT)
Manassas Park Middle School works with Manassas Park Community Center to operate the Leaders In Training program. It is a grant funded program operated by Manassas Park Community Center with the support of MPCS's Student Assistance Program Specialist. We identified that a missing piece of LIT was the school and community connection. In Ms. Abrahamson's position she is able to work in conjunction with community staff to bridge the possible gap between community activities and the school environment. LIT also provides another opportunity for an adult that is connected to MPCS to interact and build connections that can further support the students in school.
Student Assistance Program Specialist
Student Assistance Program Specialist, Ida Abrahamson is Northern Virginia native and has been with MPCS since 2015. She holds a Master's in Social Work and is the Program Coordinator for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Ms. Abrahamson works with students, staff, and families K-12 to provide further education and awareness in the areas of behavioral wellness.
The Virginia Department of Education recognizes that public schools are in a unique position to educate children and adolescents about the presence, danger, and negative consequences of bullying. Schools can also teach behaviors that will protect students from the harmful effects of bullying.
Bullying has been linked to negative outcomes for students who are its victims, for bystanders, and for students who are bullies themselves. Bullying negatively affects school climate. Bullying also has negative impacts on learning, health, behavior and school outcomes.
Bullying Defined by VDOE & Adopted by MPCS School Board“Bullying means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. ‘Bullying’ includes cyber bullying.” Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on another person. Bullying involves physical and emotional behaviors that are intentional, controlling, and hurtful, thus creating harassing, intimidating, hostile or otherwise offensive educational environments. Bullying behaviors include unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with an individual’s school performance or participation; or creates a disruption in the educational environment.
- Guidelines for the Prevention of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying in Manassas Park City Schools
Bullying Prevention Resources
- Center for Disease and Control
- Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The elementary campus recently welcomed a new bullying prevention program called Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Being a buddy and not a bully is at the core of the Olweus program. Research shows that bystanders plan the biggest role in bullying prevention.
- Parent Flyer - English
- Parent Flyer - Spanish
- Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied
- Consejos para los Padres: Qué Hacer si su Hijo o Hija es Objeto de la Intimidación y del Abuso por Parte de Otros Estudiantes
- Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Bullies Others
- Consejos para los Padres: Qué Hacer si su Hijo o Hija Intimida y Abusa de los Demás
- Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Witnesses Bullying
- Consejos para los Padres: Qué Hacer si su Hijo o Hija es Testigo de Actos de Intimidación y Abuso
Capturing Kids' Hearts
Capturing Kids Hearts is a prevention program that was implemented at Manassas Park Middle School and Manassas Park High School. The program is designed to be utilized by both students and teachers in order to “capture one’s heart.” The program consists of students and teachers holding themselves and others accountable for negative and positive social interactions within their educational environment. This research-based program is dynamic, skill-driven, and a highly participatory experience.
To read more about Capturing Kids Hearts, visit their website or ask your children!