Student 360 circles around

Program provides trauma comfort
HEARTFELT GREETINGS—Willow Elementary School children read cards sent by students from a school in Virginia offering words of encouragement in the wake of the Woolseyfire. Courtesy photo

HEARTFELT GREETINGS—Willow Elementary School children read cards sent by students from a school in Virginia offering words of encouragement in the wake of the Woolsey fire. Courtesy photo

In 2017, the Las Virgenes Unified School District launched its Student 360 initiative, which promotes the K-12 development of growth mindset, empathy, mindfulness, autonomy, persistence and collaboration. Each of these dispositions was selected after considering brain science, protective factors for mental health and career readiness.

As the community continues to rebound from the Woolsey/ Hill fires and the Borderline tragedy, LVUSD has mobilized its Student 360 resources to create a 15-day plan for supporting students returning to school with mindfulness activities, dialogue circles and gratitude activities.

In addition to student resources, LVUSD worked with mental health partners to develop 10 hours of trauma-informed professional development for their staff.

In other examples of Student 360 in practice, a group of fifth-graders from Westridge Elementary School in Virginia reached out to Willow Elementary School and sent a banner and cards with messages of encouragement to staff and students.

Also, fifth-graders at Chaparral Elementary School have been taking part in Do Good service, which have led them to create and post them on a FlipGrid site.

The district is observing how its commitment to providing a holistic educational environment and the implementation of Student 360 are positively affecting the community as residents heal from the traumatic events, as well as better preparing students for college, career and lifelong success.

LVUSD serves about 11,100 students from 16 schools in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and the Los Angeles County portion of Westlake Village.

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