Schools should be a space where all students feel safe and successful every day—both in the classroom and throughout the school. The IDSPE was created to help gender-diverse students share anything that might make them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. It also gives students a chance to share and express how they feel about their name and gender expression or identity. This IDSPE Plan is a form designed to be filled out collaboratively by school staff, the student, and the student’s caregiver(s). The school district’s role is to support the development and implementation of IDSPE plans to foster an educational environment that is safe and supportive for ALL students.
An Identity Support Plan for Elementary (IDSPE) provides the opportunity for school staff to work together with gender-diverse students, and potentially their caregivers, to understand and identify ways in which the student’s identity is respected and supported at school. The IDSPE process fosters an educational environment that is safe and supportive for ALL students, and it serves as an effective tool to help guide school staff through conversations with families, other caregivers, and children. Typically, a school staff member who has built a level of trust or comfort with the student or family may fill out the IDSPE form and facilitate the collaborative IDSPE process. Staff should take initiative and offer the IDSPE to students and their families when concerns or needs around safety and identity have been disclosed. This document explains the IDSPE process, provides guidance about how to use the IDSPE tool created by OC Student Mental Health, and offers strategies and discussion tips that school staff can use when working with caregivers and students.
The purpose of this fact sheet is to increase educators’ knowledge and awareness of how eating disorders can impact students and their learning. This fact sheet is a primary prevention tool to educate on warning signs, assist in early identification, and increase awareness about effects on self-image. It highlights the key medical and psychological concerns associated with eating disorders as they affect school-age children.
The Awareness to Action Guide is designed to provide a quick reference to assist in the identification of behavioral and health changes, general information on current drug trends, and moving forward with a plan to assist an educator’s student.
After any disaster or crisis, families struggle with what they should say to children and what’s best not to share with them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can understand, adjust to and cope with.