S.C. Department of Education Partners with Vector Solutions to Address Student Safety, Mental Health

All South Carolina schools have access to Vector's Student Safety & Wellness courses which cover topics like dating violence and depression.
Published: July 23, 2022

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has partnered with Vector Solutions, a training and risk management solutions provider, to provide all school districts in the state with free access to Vector’s library of Student Safety & Wellness courses.

The partnership includes courses with short web-based video lessons covering a variety of safety and emotional wellness topics. It is funded through $50,000 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds and an additional $30,000 as part of a U.S. Department of Education grant.

“Anxiety, depression, trauma, bullying, and other behavioral health challenges can have a negative impact on school climate and student success. The SCDE is providing this on-demand virtual resource as a way to help students better understand and respond to such challenges,” said Dr. Sabrina Moore, director of the Office for Student Intervention Services for SCDE. “We believe this resource will be a valuable tool for schools as they continue working to address the mental and behavioral needs of students.”

Vector courses help schools promote discussions and awareness around critical challenges that many young people face, says the company. The courses, which are available in modules for students in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, include:

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  • Depression Awareness
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Trauma Awareness
  • Dating Violence Awareness
  • Sexual Abuse Awareness

The Student Safety & Wellness courses are created by subject-matter experts and are presented by youth to help students more easily connect with each lesson. Schools can use them for primary prevention training or for remediation with students who may have disciplinary issues, according to the company.

The courses can be assigned to students to complete independently or can be used in a facilitated group setting. Discussion questions, lesson plans, activities, and assessments are included in each module. More than 70 districts in the state also use Vector Solutions for school safety training for staff.

For more information about the courses, visit www.vectorsolutions.com.

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