At a recent roundtable for BOE chairs in CT, one of the top items of concern raised is the increasing amount of students in our schools with social/emotional needs. It appears that this trend is not unique to our area or state, but is nationwide. Unfortunately, it also spans all levels of school, including elementary students. In Ridgefield, we are seeing increased levels of emotional reactivity at an early age.
Regardless of the societal reasons, schools must address this reality for students. Studies repeatedly show that students learn better when they feel safe, physically and emotionally. Ridgefield Public Schools uses a number of strategies, both proactive and in time.