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With infections surging in many parts of California, Governor Newsom further tightening business restrictions in 29 counties and school districts switching to virtual learning, we are moving forward with a virtual convention. CASP’s 71st annual convention will be accessible online from November 1st to December 31st, with live sessions on November 2nd, 4th, 10th, and 12th. In recognition of the “Unmasking the Potential of All Students” theme and in light of current events, this convention will emphasize equity and the ways in which school psychologists can support students, teachers, and families to ensure all students learn. We are excited to adapt our popular event to this new platform, with the opportunity to learn and network with each other virtually!
Our Executive Director is quoted in this EdSource article talking about the high need for more mental health service providers in schools, which is even more necessary in the context of COVID-19 and the nationwide protests for racial justice that have erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. Read the article here.
Our hearts are with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and everyone whose lives have been impacted by police violence and anti-black racism. Once again, our country’s unhealed legacy of systemic racism and prejudice has been exposed.
CASP’s guiding vision is to foster the social, emotional, and academic wellbeing of all students and to ensure that students are educated in schools that support equity, access, and respect for all. We know that our vision cannot be fully realized while Black and Brown children suffer from continued inequity and racial trauma.
So, we make a promise to listen, to honor the wisdom of the Black and Brown communities of California, to stand for justice, and to support the healing that must occur. We must confront inequity and stand in solidarity with those who are struggling for justice and peace.
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This special edition of CASP Today covers a wide variety of hot topics in coping with Covid-19. From how to handle assessments, to options for students to meet their hours, to virtual professional development opportunities – we hope you will find our newsletter informative and helpful! Normally an exclusive member benefit, this special edition of CASP Today is being made available for free in the interests of best serving our students.
In this unprecedented moment of uncertainty and difficulty, we hope that you are managing as well as you can to adapt to this new reality. Your skills as school and educational psychologists, mental health providers, and leaders in your schools, districts, and regional associations are now more crucial than ever before. CASP is working to provide as much information, resources, and guidance as we can to help you make this transition as smoothly as possible.
The CASP Executive Committee would like to offer the following updates and suggestions to support you and your continued work on behalf of students and families across the State.
As school psychologists, CASP was saddened and horrified by the school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Nov. 14. Too many of California’s students, teachers and school psychologists have lived through these acts of violence in what is still one of the safest places for children – schools.
High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.
CASP has National Association of School Psychologists publications on its website that may assist school psychologists whose schools have suffered shootings and other violent acts. They can be found here. More information on school climate, safety and the role of the school psychologist can be found here.
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