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Social and Emotional

When students return in the fall, the difficulties of the pandemic will not just disappear with a return to “normal”. Schools are preparing multiple types of academic and social-emotional support to help students be successful. On average, 20% of students need additional support or intervention each year. Experts predict that schools should prepare for that number to double. It is estimated that 40% of students will need support or intervention upon returning to school after the pandemic. 

Coming Soon:  Teletherapy mental health services, provided in partnership with Hazel Health for the 2021-22 school year, gives Puyallup School District an opportunity to provide a targeted intervention for students who need it.

Hazel Health offers a behavioral health assessment and up to 6 scheduled teletherapy visits with a highly qualified mental health clinician who is licensed in the state of Washington within 3-4 days of a referral. This offering connects families to providers quickly and eliminates long waiting periods for service. Services will be available at no cost to families and would allow for quick and early intervention. 

Stay tuned for more information on how to access services in the new school year.  


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support


Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that allows our teachers to provide academic and behavioral strategies for students with various needs. It’s a framework to give targeted support to struggling students. The MTSS framework identifies supports for students in three-tiers; universal, targeted, and intensive.


Social and Emotional Curriculum

 • Second Step: A K-8 curriculum
• CharacterStrong: A high school curriculum with lessons in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Character development includes: patience, kindness, honesty, respect, selflessness, forgiveness, commitment, and humility. Teaching all these skills to every student will prepare them for any opportunity in life beyond high school.


Additional resources are available on our Social Emotional Learning page.