The need for healing and wellness has never been greater. Nationally and even globally, young people, families/guardians and communities have faced layered challenges amidst a pandemic crisis.
Today, we announce our commitment to our young people and school community by designing trauma-engaged and culturally responsive healing Wellness Centers. With a great sense of urgency for collective healing, Morgan Hill Unified School District will open four Wellness Centers at Britton and Martin Murphy Middle Schools and Live Oak and Sobato High Schools in August 2021.
The purpose of a Wellness Center is to create a safe and welcoming space on a school campus that will offer mental health support, healing from trauma, social-emotional wellness, and connections to local community agencies and other service providers that will support our young people, families, staff, and community.
Our four Wellness Centers will serve all of our 8,500 young people in the district. In order to meet those needs, we will offer flexible hours, including Saturday hours, multiple resources, and opportunities to connect with community agencies to extend supports beyond the Center. We will provide a menu of services that will include short-term therapy, check-in & out, restorative justice practices, small group sessions, mind & body wellness, mindfulness workshops, and meditation.
In the Fall, we will invite students to apply to serve as a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) for the 2021-22 school year, more information on YAG in August. We are also actively seeking pay-it-forward wellness baskets for our students and families. We will provide more information on wellness baskets in August.
We look forward to announcing our new Wellness Center staff in the coming weeks. For now, check our website frequently for updates!