During COVID-19, school shutdowns, and stay-at-home orders, students throughout the country were also being asked to continue to participate in learning via virtual classrooms. But when we don’t feel safe, learning becomes difficult, which is precisely why the staff in Rose Brooks Center’s school-based Project SAFE® program knew they needed to respond quickly. Project SAFE wanted to help their students feel as safe and resilient as possible while continuing to meet the emotional needs of students.
Because of the relationships Project SAFE staff have with their respective schools, they were seamlessly able to stay connected to their students despite not being in the classroom. “Since we did not have access to the individual students, we sent videos we created to the classroom teachers for distribution,” explains Stephanie Milby, Director of Children’s Services at Rose Brooks Center. “The teachers were extremely supportive and
excited for us to continue our work with the kids and truly saw us as educational partners.”
Many schools included Project SAFE’s videos on Counseling Google Classrooms as well as the individual teacher’s Google Classroom. All-in-all, videos were sent to approximately 40 classroom teachers during the stayat-home order, as Jackson County finished out the school year from home.