Opportunity for Flexibility and Student voice
I agree with the comments previously stated: SEL framework, Relationships as the Key, Parent Involvement, Coordination by Districts, and Student Voice as necessary.
As my lens is from the high school view, I am always trying to think of tangibles that would reduce the stress and overwhelmed feeling students have, not just the curriculum that would help them.
I have thought about allowing students to have more time to complete their units so they can work, or take care of sick family members. When schools are "docked" not graduating students in four years, the stress that has on the staff and students is tremendous. What if high school students could take as few as 20 credits for most semesters, graduate in 5 years instead of four?
If students had access to a SEL class, or even better, where they earn credits by attending office hours with teachers where they could build relationships one-on-one, as a way to embed the supports with in the day.
And to strengthen communication between the parents/guardians of the students and the school, ensure that there was a Parent Engagement Coordinator at every site. The PEC would help to facilitate communication with families around access to technology, hot spots, food, and be an avenue of communication with teachers and counselors, and conduct home visits.
While the COST system is a good system for identifying students who have additional needs, the outside providers usually require Medical. Can we change that system?
Lastly, create an evaluation tool where administrators can identify and "evaluate" teachers on their ability to build relationships with students. I know this is controversial and subjective, but we need a way to strengthen the teacher understanding that right now (and always) the interaction with teachers and students matter-teachers are the front line essential workers whose access and relationship with students will matter more than any policy that is put into place.