Social Emotional Learning Screener
NOTIFICATION OF TESTING: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener, Thursday October 14th.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.
SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.
Students in grades K-2 will be screened in the winter and spring. In these grade levels, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will be screened in the fall, winter, and spring. In these grade levels, students will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.
More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage.
Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. At Longfellow, the SEL Screener will be given during Advisory on Thursday, October 14th.
Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator with questions.
Fairfax County Social Emotional Learning Screener- OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM
If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please complete this form and return it to Longfellow Middle School by September 24, 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to return this form unless you DO NOT want your child to participate in the SEL screener this year.
CHILD’S NAME__________________________________ LANCER TIME TEACHER____________________
Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________ Date_____________