• Social and Emotional Learning

    Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) is committed to supporting the growth and development of the whole child.  The social and emotional, physical, and behavioral health of our students are always primary factors in decisions, efforts, and initiatives to support their academic and life success. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”  SCPS has incorporated the Social and Emotional Health of students into the district's Continuous Improvement Model which guides decisions, initiatives, and programming to support the success of our school community. The Virginia Department of Education’s social-emotional learning (SEL) efforts are driven by a commitment to ensure that every student in Virginia attends a school that maximizes their potential and prepares them for the future: academically, socially, and emotionally.

    Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Infographic - full description provided below



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    Stafford County Public Schools is a dynamic, goal-oriented learning community committed to preparing our students for success in further education, work, and citizenship.


    Inspire and empower all learners to thrive.


    • School, Home & Community Partnerships
    • Social-Emotional & Physical Support
    • Tiered Instructional Support
    • Equity & High Expectations
    • College & Career Readiness
    • Personalized Professional Development & Teacher Leadership


     Social and Emotional Learning Framework

    As an integral component of the learning process, Social-Emotional Learning has been intentionally incorporated into the daily schedule of all SCPS students.  Lessons, activities, and strategies to support the social-emotional health of all students will be shared with students in various formats to ensure the learning is seamlessly connected to their growth and development.  To support the delivery of this learning, a Social-Emotional Learning Framework (SELF) has been developed based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  CASEL is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based, social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students. SCPS’s SELF includes weekly focus topics and sample lessons/activities for classroom implementation.  The SELF is based on the five core competencies of the CASEL framework: Self-Awareness; Self-Management; Social-Awareness; Relationship Skills; and Responsible Decision Making. 


    Social and Emotional Learning - Panorama

    One exciting resource available to all SCPS staff to access and use to support the SEL of students is Panorama.  Panorama is an online resource intended to help school districts support student and adult SEL with research-backed surveys and actionable data reports.  It is also aligned with the CASEL framework and provides educators with a vast amount of SEL resources.  It allows students to take a brief SEL survey to answer a few strategically asked questions that provide us results to help focus our efforts on some of their more immediate social-emotional needs.  The survey is available to students in the language of their choice to allow for the most reflective responses possible and will be conducted at least twice per year to monitor and adjust efforts and programming. For our younger students in grades K-2, their teachers will share a reflection of what they have noticed about the students in a shorter survey, and they too will have information to help guide their support.  Overarching results for students may be used for our students in the pre-k programs or our students who do not take the survey or enter later in the year.  In addition to the survey and it’s data, Panorama provides an instructor's Playbook that includes lessons and activities that are directly aligned with each area of support identified in the survey and aligned with our district’s SELF.  We know the feedback from the surveys and the resources provided through the Playbook will greatly support our teachers and staff as they work to enhance the social and emotional learning, growth, and development of all students.  

    Student Services Support Personnel

    Each school is supported by Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) who are focused on the social-emotional, physical, and behavioral health of our students; these professionals are School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Diagnosticians, School Behavior Support Specialists, and School Nurses.  All of these professionals have primary responsibilities to support the needs of students and their families; however, a segment of the group is responsible for supporting specific, social-emotional needs of students and they represent the Mental Health Teams (MHT) at each building; these groups are School Counselors, School Social Workers, and School Psychologists.  Together all of these professionals are great resources for students, staff, parents, and the community and are ready to help! 

    The following link provides a list of the names and emails for these staff members (Staff List).  Please note: Staff members are expected to respond within 24 hours on workdays; this does not include weekends, holidays, or non-workdays; therefore, these resources should not be used for emergency situations.  In the case of an emergency situation, please reach out to a trusted family member who may be able to provide immediate help.  You may also find emergency resources at these numbers:


    Emergency Resources

    Emergency Numbers

    Child Protective Services (CPS)  1-800-552-7096
    Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741
    Empower House (Domestic Violence Support) 540-373-9373
    Mental Health America of Fredericksburg 540-371-2704
    National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
    Rappahannock Area Community Services Board 540-373-6876
    Stafford County Department of Social Services (540) 658-4196