FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A new initiative focuses on the mental and emotional well-being of students and provides additional resources to meet those needs. The program is called Beautiful Minds. Scott County Schools is partnering with the University of Kentucky to address concerns facing young people today. In Kentucky, and throughout the nation, the leading causes of injury and death for teens are preventable. This partnership is an effort to maintain student safety and decrease risk-taking behaviors.
Georgetown Middle, Royal Spring Middle, and Scott County Middle schools will work closely with community agencies and medical professionals from UK Department of Pediatrics and UK Department of Adolescent Medicine. Students in grades 6-8 will be screened for at-risk behaviors related to their emotional, psychological, and physical health. Medical professionals will be available on a weekly basis at the three schools throughout the year. This program will include referrals to partnering agencies to ensure students receive any needed assistance.
Topics of discussion during the screening are relevant to youth and include: sleep, exercise and nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, drug perceptions and use, bullying, safety, violence, family, friends, and future plans.
The program is voluntary. A parent letter went home with every middle school student and is available on the district website (http://www.scott.kyschools.us/News/infosessions) along with a fact sheet. Contact the school principal or Director of Student Services Lynne Switzer at (502) 863-3663 to learn more.