Charles City, Iowa – Nearly 250 paras, teachers and administrators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are receiving youth mental health first aid training in the Charles City School District.
The seven and-a-half hour program put on by the Cedar River Area Education Agency provides resources for students in the district according to one of the program’s leader Cindy Rurup.
The international program hit landfall in the United States nine years ago and Rurup says Iowa has used this program a lot.
The staff are learning a five-step action program to help see signs. Even though the program is collaborative and hands on, K-4 success coach Marie Conklin says this is important for student’s success.
While the added training adds to the responsibility of the entire district staff, third through sixth grade school counselor Scotti Hangensick says the program is beneficial for everyone.
17 new teachers and three new administrators are helping welcome students back to school next Thursday morning.