Dear Skyline Families,
The Issaquah School District continues its strong commitment to supporting our students through Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Support (PBSES). PBSES is a framework that employs evidence-based practices and multiple tiers of support to serve students through a continuum of care. PBSES work done through SEL classes, in school-wide expectations, and in other teaching strategies is designed to promote respect, positive relationships, and predictable, proactive learning environments so that students can lead socially and emotionally safe and healthy lives. Using this approach, Issaquah school district staff work to strengthen school climate, classroom practices, and the social emotional skills of students.
In this unprecedented year, the effort to assess and meet the social-emotional needs of students has increased. As part of our PBSES work and in an effort to support students while they are remote from our buildings, students at Skyline will be asked to complete a short, 25-item Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) on Feb. 10, 2021. The survey is kid-friendly and used to gain insight about individual student emotional and behavioral functioning. It identifies a child’s personal strengths as well as challenges.
Student will be given time to complete the SDQ in class, but it will also be available for students to complete on their own time until Feb. 26. While you are welcome to review the questions and may choose to ask your student about the questionnaire, we hope that you will encourage your student to complete the questionnaire independently and honestly.
Once we have the results of the survey, we will be contacting the parents of students whose scores indicate high-internalized stress for the first time this school year. Additionally, student scores may be used to proactively identify supports for students which is particularly important in this remote learning scenario. For example, in situations where a student reaches a particular threshold of unexcused absences, the SDQ results will be utilized to guide interventions to improve attendance.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Alanah Baron; if you do not want your student to participate, please inform Alanah Baron to opt out in writing (an email is fine) by Feb. 5.
We want students and families to have access to support during remote times. Below are some links to connect you to support:
Thank you for your continued support as we explore new ways to support the emotional health of our students.