Kognito Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum for Middle School Students

October 11, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Florida Department of Education approved Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., which requires students in grades 6-12 receive a minimum of five hours of mental and emotional health instruction each year, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
To comply with this requirement, OCPS has designated five days in which students will receive one hour of instruction from a classroom teacher. The dates are: October 22nd, November 12th, January 21th, February 18th, and March 9th. Please check with your school administration.

The state mandated curriculum components include:
- Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders;
- Prevention of mental health disorders;
- Mental health awareness and assistance;
- How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders;
- Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources;
- The process for accessing treatment;
- Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques;
- Strategies to support a peer, friend or family member with a mental health disorder;
- Prevention of suicide;
- Prevention of the abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine and drugs

Students will not be graded on this material.

Additional student services personnel (psychologists, social workers and district mental health counselors) will be at the schools to assist students who may need counseling during this time or need follow up attention. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the mandated mental and emotional
health curriculum, please contact school administration.

School will start and end on time, but we will operate on a modified schedule on these days to accommodate the lessons. Should you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Ms. Cherrie Rauls, SAFE Coordinator, at [email protected]