EUGENE, Ore. -- The 4J School Board has set aside roughly $900,000 to stop bad student behavior next school year.
Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said the money will be used to train staff in de-escalation skills and how to work with students who need additional support. Balderas said schools across the country are seeing a spike in bad behavior in the younger grade levels.
While all 4J elementary schools have counselors on hand, Balderas says he wants more staff to help the teachers.
“Having more caring adults that have more skill sets to work with more students,” Balderas said. “And the goal is to continue to increase our staffing ratios to have more support for the classroom teachers."
Balderas said many students who walk through their doors carry with them trauma from their home lives that can cause them to lash out. He wants to add more programs to help students with mental health and housing. He hopes to work with the community and parents to help all students achieve their goals.
“It's hard to be successful in school when you’re hungry. It's hard to be successful in school when you haven't slept,” Balderas said. “So how do we provide more wrap-around services? And we are seeing more kids in more need.”
The money to help fight the bad behavior is coming from the district's general fund. The district has already started working to implement the curriculum for the next school year.
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