When we think of student health, we often think of physical health. But members of Pitt-Johnstown’s education law, policy and ethics class are encouraging Pennsylvania schools to think more broadly about health and wellness in our schools.
The class hosted a forum called “School Safety, Safe2Say Something” to discuss the pervasiveness of mental health issues in the classroom and the need for more mental health resources in schools.
Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium Director of Programs and Delivery, Karmen Rouland, interim Johnstown police Chief, Chad Miller, and Indiana Area School District Superintendent Michael Vuckovich were featured panelists and Raymond Wrabley, Pitt-Johnstown chair of the division of social sciences and division of business and enterprise, moderated the event. “This panel included experts experienced in working to prevent physical or psychological harms to Pennsylvania’s 1.7 million PK-12 school students,” said Gerry Zahorchak, Education Divison Chair. “The panelists and program participants all agreed that building healthy and strong relationships across individual school communities is the most important factor in keeping students and adults safe. Pre-service teachers from Pitt-Johnstown benefited by listening to and asking questions of the panelists.”