Creating Advocates for Relationships and Emotional Safety
Welcome to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools CARES SEL Hub
CHCCS is excited to release this CHCCS CARES website designed to support our community by strengthening advocates for healthy relationships that foster emotional safety within our schools. At CHCCS we know that students' academic outcomes are entwined with their social and emotional well-being. Students' ability to experience success in school is linked not only to high quality instruction, but also to their experience of school as a positive, welcoming environment, which is strengthened through healthy relationships with adults and peers.
This website will outline our vision for social and emotional learning (SEL), provide school and community resources, and spotlight successes in creating advocates for relationships and emotional safety. CHCCS CARES!
Upcoming Events: Correct dates below
Saturday, May 20th: Be Well Resource Fair and Family Fun Event - In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, this family fun event will be held at Hargraves Recreation Center from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23rd- Webinar: "Recognizing Early Signs of Alcohol and Drug Use in Adolescents" 6:30-7:30 p.m. for families and staff- webinar will be held in SPANISH with El Futuro
Tuesday, May 30th- Webinar: "Vaping: What are the Risks and What are the Harms" 6:00 p.m.-7:00 .m. for families and staff- webinar will be held in ENGLISH- with Orange County Health Department
On September 15, 2022, our School Support and Wellness Team participated in the Sandy Hook Promise Prevention Program Training with Jim Wise, representative from Sandy Hook Promise. The day was full of learning about resources to facilitate conversations on "teaching empathy and empowering students to end social isolation" by following these three easy steps" See Someone Alone + Reach Out= Start with Hello. Below is an example how McDougle Middle School among many at Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools displayed their "Start with Hello" Week. Please feel free to use/share these resources linked here throughout the school year to promote socially affirming learning communities across the district
Discussing Violent Events with Students, Staff, and Families
It is difficult for all of us to process the unfortunate event of a school shooting, while also supporting our students, staff, and families. Our CHCCS School Support and Wellness Division recommends the following resources to help you navigate and facilitate these difficult conversations in a safe and productive way.
Please visit our Resources tab for more information.
Resources for Educators, Families to discuss the events in Ukraine with students
As we continue to prioritize the social and emotional needs of our students, staff and families in an ever evolving world, we offer these resources to assist with addressing the challenges and complexities of supporting our young people through the biggest attack on a European state since World War II. May you find these resources useful in helping our young people make meaning, cope and navigate their fears of violence and become inspired to feel a sense of hope that together, we can still create a better world, a world full of peace and kindness.
A Message from the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Nyah Hamlett introduces the CHCCS CARES Hub. Watch to learn how CHCCS is building intentional space for social and emotional learning and mental wellness to help our students, staff, and community thrive.
What is SEL?
Spotlight on SEL
Our district strives to build a culture based on high and clear expectations, and accountability for all. CHCCS staff make a commitment to take responsibility for the development of all students, and to teach and model the skills, behaviors, and mindsets we seek to cultivate in our students. That commitment includes a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) to build a healthy school culture and facilitate student success.
This video, produced by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), provides an introduction to SEL. According to CASEL, SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
How are we doing?
This site will continue to be developed and refined as we add additional resources, improve accessibility, and incorporate user feedback like yours!
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