Seminole County

Seminole County Public Schools increase mental health resources for students

SANFORD, Fla. — Fights broke out at several Seminole County schools last year on almost a daily basis.

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With school set to resume next week, more resources will be available to help keep students safe.


Seminole County school have hired a number of behavioral interventionists, mental health counselors and social workers throughout the district.

Photos: Seminole County Public Schools increase mental health resources for students

Those hires came after several community meetings over the summer.

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There were 14 safety and community forums held with parents and administrators to make sure when students enter the classroom, they are safe from school threats and fights.

At the middle school level, the focus will be on cyberbullying and appropriate social media usage.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said each elementary and middle school will have one school resource officer. High schools will have anywhere from two to four.

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Sheriff Dennis Lemma said he believes this year will be more normal.

Last year, students returned to the classroom after nearly two years of virtual and hybrid learning due to COVID-19.

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Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich,

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.