SOCIAL
EMOTIONAL
LEARNING (SEL)

SEL is the process of developing social and emotional skills in the context of safe, caring, well-managed, and engaging learning environments (CASEL, 2006). Sanger Unified has several systems and services in place to support SEL.

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) is an approach to school-wide discipline with an emphasis on proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Sanger Unified has been a part of the Fresno County Office of Education PBIS collaborative and has participated in the Champion School Program for 4 years. Your child should be able to tell you the behavior expectations for their school!

Second Step is a classroom-based program designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem-solve and make responsible decisions.  Second Step includes research-supported bullying prevention strategies.

We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills.

If you have any questions about the Second Step program, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher for more information.

Peer Mediation is both a program and a process where students help resolve disputes between other students. Mediators work towards a win-win solution to the problem.  Benefits include improved listening, critical thinking skills, and school climate for learning, as well as, reduced disciplinary actions and less fights. The process is voluntary for both parties.

Bullying in California is defined as any physical or verbal conduct, including written communications, that may cause fear, mental distress, or interference with the victim's studies  (Cal. Educ. Code § 48900). It often occurs repeatedly over time and involves an imbalance of power.

SUSD uses Second Step curriculum to:

  • teach staff how to recognize and respond to bullying.
  • teach children real-life skills to handle bullying situations.

Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by inappropriate behavior. It:

  • Provides ways to effectively address behavior and complex school issues.
  • Improves safety by preventing future harm.
  • Offers alternatives to suspension and expulsion.

Support Services

Special Friends
Special Friends

A play-based 1:1 intervention program for K-3 students. The goal is to build resiliency and foster a child’s connection to school.

Friendship Club
Friendship Club

A small group program designed to help K-3 students learn to get along well with others.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Student Assistance Program (SAP)

SAP is a nationally recognized model for providing support groups at all grade levels. District counselors and school psychologists have been SAP group trained and offer many different types of groups at sites.

Counselors and School Psychologists
Counselors and School Psychologists

Available at each site, they provide small group and individual support services for counseling and behavior management, as well as, referrals to community agencies.

CARE Team
CARE Team

Offers parent training, counseling, referrals to and collaboration with mental health agencies, and supports for homeless and foster youth. For information about the CARE team, please call: (559) 524-6311 or (559) 524-6566