Mental Health as Part of a Comprehensive School Safety Framework - A Q&A Discussion

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April 17, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT

While schools and districts grapple with how to respond to threats of violence, school leaders must work to find a balance between hardening the target - with more equipment, drills, and police presence - and reinforcing efforts that emphasize the human element - relationships, connectedness and partnership.

We hosted an interactive Q&A presentation to discuss:

  • Best practices for implementing an effective threat assessment plan.
  • The roles and responsibilities within the school community.
  • Tools and techniques for preparing teachers, staff and students to be part of the human safety net.

Suggested Audiences:

  • Superintendent
  • Director of Student Services
  • School Principal
  • Pupil Services Staff
  • Prevention and Safe Schools Staff

Conversations that change lives.

About Our Presenter

MaryAnn Panarelli, Ed.D., Director of Intervention and Prevention Services at Fairfax County Public Schools

Conversations that change lives.

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Dr. Panarelli has been working with youth for over 30 years. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University, a masters degree in school psychology from George Mason University, and a doctorate in special education leadership and public policy from George Washington University. After running a group home for children with emotional disabilities, Dr. Panarelli taught elementary and middle school for 10 years. She worked for Fairfax County Public Schools as a school psychologist and as a special education administrator prior to her current position as director of Intervention and Prevention Services. In this role Dr. Panarelli supervises the offices of Psychology Services, Social Work Services, Nontraditional School Programs, and Student Safety and Wellness. She leads the school division’s Resiliency Project, which includes building a sense of community and personal responsibility to all members of the community. It is in this context that At Risk has been used as one tool to help members of the school community to learn to recognize signs of emotional distress and to engage in help-seeking behavior.