CHCCS CARES

Creating Advocates for Relationships and Emotional Safety

Welcome to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools CARES SEL Hub

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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!

May is Mental Health Acceptance Month

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, the School Support and Wellness Division theme is Mental Health Wellness: Moving from Awareness to Acceptance. During May, we will offer professional learning opportunities for staff, families, and the community to increase their awareness/acceptance of the importance of mental wellness. Our goal is to equip interested staff and parents/caregivers with skills and support to enhance their own mental health as well as those around them. Please encourage your staff to attend, utilize the resources and involve the entire community in mobilizing the message that Mental Wellness Matters!

  • Join us in WEARing GREEN on THURSDAY, MAY 5th.


Please Visit our Mental Health tab for additional resources



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Unmasking Guidance and Resources for Students, Staff and Families

Our School Support and Wellness Team would like to equip students, staff and families with resources that can facilitate conversations about mask requirement changes, stress relief, and the importance of respecting personal choices to create boundaries for physical and emotional safety. Please feel free to use/share these resources linked here as you feel appropriate.

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.

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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?

SEL Resources

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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