Creating detailed profiles of students’ personal lives is one proposal being considered in Newtown, Connecticut to address how schools are supporting students with mental health issues.
Previously, this approach might have been considered an overreach of school authority and an invasion of privacy. But after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which shocked the nation, Superintendent Joseph Erardi believes the action of creating a comprehensive diagnostic picture of students with special needs is necessary.
“There would only be a danger if we didn’t do that,” he said. “The question needs to be: ‘If the school district doesn’t take this on, how do we forge ahead?’ ”
Erardi’s proposal requires reinforcing existing mandates, such as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, rather than creating a costly new initiative.