Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced “Bridge to School,” a Citywide initiative for the 2020-21 school year focused on the social and emotional well-being of students and adults in order to create a safe, supportive learning environment that confronts the trauma caused by the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, schools will be equipped to integrate trauma-informed practices into school reopening, and build off of last year’s major expansion of mental health supports in schools.

The Department of Education is partnering with the Child Mind Institute for this initiative to offer additional supports for school-based staff this fall, including webinars and workshops, videos and print materials to support social-emotional learning in the classroom, and a helpline for educators to receive additional guidance and support. The helpline will be available Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm starting September 21st and these resources will remain available to educators through the end of 2020.

Funding for the “Bridge to School” initiative was secured by the Fund for Public Schools from the Robin Hood, Gray, and Tiger foundations.

For the full announcement, please see Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Mccray and Chancellor Carranza Announce “Bridge to School” on NYC.GOV.

Press Coverage:

ABC7

Reopen NYC: Mayor unveils ‘Bridge to School’ mental health initiative for students

By Eyewitness News
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:47PM

Carranza also said there would be a helpline with The Child Mind Institute to assist teachers as they implement the initiative.

“We will launch a helpline for educators and school staff to call to consult on best practices in classroom strategies for assisting students with their mental health and wellness, staffed by mental health professionals, this hotline will help schools get immediate answers to urgent questions and concerns that they have for their students,” he said.

AM New York

Mayor de Blasio announces new mental health initiative to help students cope with learning during the pandemic
By  Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech

August 26, 2020

The city will also launch a hotline with the help of the Child Mind Institute for educators and school staff to call and receive consultation from “mental health professionals” on the best practices and classroom strategies for helping students with mental health or wellness issues.

Chalkbeat

NYC rolled out a trauma-informed curriculum. Educators worry they have little time to learn it before schools reopen.

By Reema Amin

Aug 26, 2020, 5:26pm EDT

Additionally, the Child Mind Institute, a national nonprofit that focuses on youth and families dealing with mental health and learning disorders, will help staff a hotline for educators who have questions about these best social-emotional practices, officials said. This organization is also creating more training resources and classroom materials for schools.

Harlem World

Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray And Chancellor Carranza Announce “Bridge To School”
by Harlem World Magazine
Posted on August 26, 2020

Addressing trauma will be an ongoing need, and so the philanthropic support will also enable the DOE to partner with the Child Mind Institute to offer additional supports for school-based staff this fall, including webinars and workshops, videos and print materials to support social-emotional learning in the classroom, and a helpline for educations to receive additional guidance and support. The helpline will be available Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm starting September 21st and these resources will remain available to educators through the end of 2020.