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Ahead of school reopening, advocates urge NYC to halt suspensions and specify mental health supports

08.31.2020 | Chalkbeat NY | The city’s new plan to address student trauma does not go far enough to ensure those in crisis will find the help they need, two advocacy organizations say. These groups, Advocates for Children and Girls for Gender Equity, are also calling on the education department to halt punitive school discipline policies this fall.

“While we commend the DOE for including a commitment to trauma-informed care, social-emotional learning, and mental health support … the DOE’s plan falls short on specificity,” the groups wrote in a seven-page letter sent Friday to Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “It does not specify the supports and services that students, families, and schools will be able to access and how they can be accessed.” Read article