4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?
My education platform proposes making a major new investment to build teams at each school to provide academic intervention for students and assist with their mental health needs. Our students and communities have been traumatized by the pandemic, and they need support beyond the academic. New York City has a successful network of community schools, and, using significant funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), we will build on this network by providing increased resources to schools to provide on site services such as healthcare and mental health services and work with community partners at Community Care Centers (CCC) to provide extended day and tutoring services. We will prioritize high needs schools to phase in the program.