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Get to Know Apps Your Students Use

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Middle school and high school students today have a lot of technology on their side. While much of it may be beneficial to them, some may be dangerous and put them at risk. According to a study by the NORC Center for Public Research and the Associated Press, 94% of teens use social media. While this study only looked at children between the ages of 13 to 17, younger children also have smartphones and access to social media.

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Teachers Rally for More Services for Students

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All across the country, teachers are on strike and going to rallies. They are upset for a variety of reasons, but all have a similar message no matter where they are located. They want equal funding for schools to fix crumbling buildings, get new books, have more resources, and more to help their students to thrive. Images of mold in classrooms, ceilings falling, and books from decades ago have been plastered across the news media. Teachers, students, parents, and more have gone to the streets to get their voices heard and make a difference.

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Increasing the Number of School Counselors

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School counselors will tell you that they often have very little time to meet with and talk to students. It isn’t that there are fewer kids and reasons for them to meet. The opposite is probably true. Many counselors have over 300 students who they are responsible for. A big part of the problem for counselors is that they have state and federal paperwork to complete which is mandated. Of course, federal funding is not allocated to schools to budget for more counselors. All of this must be done at the local level. School boards and administrators must budget the needed professionals into their schools.

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Health Insurance Costs Increase Need for School Nurses

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Life outside of school will almost always impact the way things go inside the building. If there is a traumatic event in the community, it will mean that many individuals have to change their daily schedules to work with students who are in need. This may mean a fire, death, weather event, or something else. The same is true for school nurses. Their roles within the school have dramatically changed over the last decade.  Depending on state laws, school nurses may be the healthcare provider who children see the most. With the growing cost of health insurance and co-pays, many families rely on school nurses more than ever.

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Increasing Open Communication with Families

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Working in a school, we often keep our focus on the students and their academic, social, and emotional needs in the building. While this is a primary goal of the school day, more are needed. In order to do the best for the kids in our classrooms, therapy groups, and beyond, we must work as a team. This means being having open communication with families. Everyone at home and school must be on the same page to ensure that kids have the most success.

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