Student Wellness Survey
The Georgia Student Health Survey, Georgia Parent Survey, and Georgia School Personnel Survey will not be administered during the 2020-21 school year. Instead, we have developed a brief Student Wellness Survey which will be administered to all middle and high school students. The administration window will be open from February 1, 2021 through April 2, 2021.
The Student Wellness Survey was designed to collect data on student wellness during the current school year; it is anonymous and completely voluntary and includes questions about peer and adult social support, bullying, stress, mental health, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. There is no mandatory participation rate required by GaDOE and no thresholds to meet for the survey, since it is voluntary. The data will not be used to calculate School Climate Star Ratings. The survey results will provide districts and schools with data regarding the non-academic barriers to learning being faced by their students.
Climate Survey Link: https://gshs.gadoe.org/
Report and Issue: https://portal.doe.k12.ga.
Mental Health Symposium
The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are many, including the impact of isolation and other factors on the wellbeing of individuals. The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to providing training and resources to equip school staff with knowledge and skills to support the mental health and wellbeing of students, staff, and other members of the school community. Since 2018, the RESA/GaDOE MHAT Project has provided no cost mental health awareness training through schools, districts, and RESAs to over 28,000 school staff throughout the state in a blend of face to face and online platforms. Join us virtually February 22-24, 2021 for Coping With COVID-19: Supporting Mental Health in Our Schools, a mental health awareness training symposium. Over the course of three days, trainings from the MHAT menu will be offered as live virtual sessions at no cost. (See the attached menu of trainings for details). If there are trainings you’ve missed or haven’t been able to schedule, this is your opportunity to participate. . Please note, attendees WILL NOT be required to participate in all 3 days of training, only the sessions they register to attend. Click on the registration link below to select trainings on any or all of the three days, based on your schedule and your needs.
Registration link: Coping with COVID: Supporting Mental Health in Our Schools • RSVPify