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Social Emotional Learning SEL

The Special Programs Office works in coordination with the district's School-based Mental Health Service Team/Ridgewood In-District Therapeutic Supports (RITS) to promote and provide an array of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mental health supports to all students, including students with disabilities who present with either an IEP or 504 plan.  Coordinated efforts from both offices allow for appropriate supports to be available throughout the continuum of student needs, aligning with district goals and help to create a complete learning environment that supports the academic, social and emotional development of all students.  Our district's School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Guidance Counselors, and School-Based Mental Health Clinicians are committed to the social and emotional well-being of our students and can provide resources as well as support services specific to the concerns and their impact on the student and the education.  
For more information on SEL supports, contact your child's case manager, 504 coordinator, guidance counselor, or the district's school-based mental health clinicians.
The school-based mental health clinicians are a part of the K-12 Student Life Team and work collaboratively with the guidance counselors at each grade level. At the elementary level, you are encouraged to access your guidance counselor directly, as they are the first line of defense when addressing social-emotional student issues.
Our Student Life Teams have, at times, needed to assist students who are in crisis. When these crisis situations involve suicidal ideation or behavior, we follow a specific plan to ensure the student’s safety and link the student and family to supportive assessment and intervention in the community. If your child is expressing suicidal thoughts, please call 911, or immediately contact your physician, or call 201-262-4357 (201-262-HELP).

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