BOE to combat mental health issues


The Board of Education is working on responding to mental health issues in the Public School System by offering programs that would support students.

During the monthly BOE meeting last Wednesday, Board of Education chair Marylou Ada said the BOE is working on expanding the amount of programs now offered to aid in mental health issues in public schools.

“I know [students] are in great pain and we need to start paying attention to that,” she said.

Ada said that students require a lot of support in what they want for their future. Lack of support could be a major factor for the pain that students today are feeling and bottling up and the BOE wants to offer that kind of support.

The BOE will focus on offering classes that would specialize in real life skills to educate students about what life has to offer after high school.

“One of the things that they have raised concerns are that they want to learn life skills, you know, when they get out of there,” she said.

That includes learning how to file taxes, how to cook, how to sew their clothes, etc. to give them an advantage in life after high school and to remind troubled students that there is life after high school.

The BOE is also looking at expanding programs regarding sex education to guide students to make wise decisions and to hire more guidance counselors for students to reach out to.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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