Mental health problems can affect many areas of students’ lives, reducing their quality of life, academic achievement, physical health and negatively impacting relationships with friends and family members. These issues can also have long-term consequences for students, affecting their future employment, earning potential, and overall health.
Now more than ever, in a pandemic state, our children have been given the short end of the stick and their mental health should be number one priority! It will be my priority to throughly examine our current mental health program and make decisions based on constituent values and the need presented by evaluating each and every student, not leaving any student behind.
Simply put, parents need to know what is being taught in the classroom. Distant learning was a challenge for most of us. It did, however, open the books (literally) for parents to see what their children are being taught on a daily basis. Transparent Learning allow for parents to request curricula materials to go over before it is taught to their children. Parents have a fundamental right, long recognized in law, to guide their children’s education and moral conscience. To exercise those rights, parents need accurate information about the learning materials and activities their kids are encountering in government schools.
In light of recent events, and the bills currently being debated in congress, my focus will be to promote a School Safety Program established within the department of education to support, promote and enhance safe and effective learning environments for all students. This plan will include supporting the cost to place officers, juvenile probation officers, school councilors, retired military veterans, and qualified parents on school campuses on a rotation. This Plan must include a training in accordance with California guidelines, and published credentials for each safety person on campus at any given time.