School Connectedness and Student Mental Health
As most students in San Mateo County continue learning from home, we need to ensure that there are adequate supports for them and their families to support mental health. While there is limited research regarding how students are faring during the pandemic, it is safe to say that school connectedness among students is declining. Research highlighted in Kidsdata.org shows that prior to the pandemic students with low connectedness had higher rates of suicidal ideation. The San Mateo County Office of Education along with partners across the County continue to support educators in the San Mateo County with professional development to recognize student mental health needs and work to address them. Additionally, SMCOE and community partners will be offering parent engagement opportunities throughout the county throughout the school year.