Mental Health Checklist

Posted by Rebecca Bevel-Smith on 9/17/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Each year scholars in grades 3-12 complete a brief checklist about their experiences with peers, emotions and social behavior. In addition, the teachers of all scholars in preschool (age 4 and 5) through grade 12 complete a similar checklist on each of their scholars. The information will be used by the school to help support your scholar’s needs and help them build strong social and emotional skills.

The scholar checklist, which consists of 40 short questions, asks scholars to think about their relationships with peers, their social skills, problem-solving abilities, organizational skills and how they cope when upset. Scholars respond with answers “Never, Sometimes, Often or Always.” Below are some examples of the types of questions your child will be asked:

  • I try to get good grades on my work
  • I have friends to talk to at school
  • In the past month, I felt sad
  • I get in trouble at school
  • I think school is fun
  • I can solve real life problems

Based on the information collected, school staff will be able to determine if there are areas where supports need to be improved for all scholars or if additional individual supports need to be in place for your scholar. Information collected is kept confidential and parents will be involved if any concerns are raised based on a child’s responses to the checklist. This will allow the school and the family to work together to provide the necessary supports a scholar may need.

The window for administering the checklist begins September 27th and will continue through the beginning of October. Subsequently, the checklist will be re-administered one additional time this school year to determine if supports put in place for scholars are effective or if any new concerns arise. If you have questions or would like additional information about the checklist, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.  An FAQ is also attached to assist in answering any questions you may have about the process.

Columbia Public Schools believes in providing a supportive environment for all scholars. This information will help guide prevention efforts and allow us to work collaboratively together to improve the lives of our scholars.

If you wish to opt-out your scholar from this Checklist. Please complete and return the form at the following website.

Opt-Out Form: https://www.cpsk12.org/Page/15510