“Resilience is born out of crisis.” In this Voices from the Field Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Caroline Arakelian, the executive director of student services in SAU21 and Mr. Raymond Pillsbury, the Director of Special Services for Winnacunnet High School and the Crisis Response Advisor for SAU21.
The focus on social and emotional well-being is something that SAU21 in the Seacoast of NH has been keenly aware of and focused on for some time, well before the current crisis unfolded. This has allowed the SAU to build upon that work to be deeply and thoughtfully focused on how to support staff and students during this difficult time.
There is a growing recognition of the absolute necessity for deliberately planning around the amplified mental health considerations due to this pandemic and resulting isolation. Caroline and Raymond share the extensive planning in place to confront this, both with students and staff, and the SAU’s collaborative effort to put “well-being” first, both in their support of stakeholders now, and in their considerations for planning for the future.
In a time of uncertainty, this conversation provides clarity in a topic some are not sure how to address, as well as clarity and context for how one SAU in New Hampshire has been planning for the continued support of it’s community, regardless of what schooling looks like in the future.