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Social-Emotional Screening

Beyond just teaching academics, schools can foster students’ development in their relationships, emotional skills, and overall well-being.  Social-emotional skills are critical for students of all ages to be successful academically as well as in their lives and relationships.  Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) piloted the use of universal social-emotional screening for grades 2 and 6 during the 2021-22 school year.  For the 2022-23 school year, we are expanding the screening to all students in grades K-8.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Social-Emotional Screening?

The use of social-emotional screening tools enables us to:

  • Provide data-informed and responsive supports to students to increase positive student outcomes
  • Better inform instruction and guide professional development priorities for teachers, staff, and administrators
  • Use systems-level data to assess the effectiveness of school systems, practices, and curriculum in meeting students’ social and behavioral needs

How can I learn more about the screeners?

For more information about the Student Risk Screening Scale- Internalizing and Externalizing (SSRS-IE), click on the link below. 

Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) Overview

For more information about the Well-Being Index (WBI), click on the link below. 

Well-Being Index (WBI) Overview

Who will participate?

For the 2022-23 school year, the District will be administering social-emotional screening for students in grades K-8 during the week of November 14-18, 2022.

Grades K-2: Classroom teachers will complete the Student Risk Screening Scale- Internalizing and Externalizing (SSRS-IE) for their students.

Grades 3-8: Students will complete the Well-Being Index (WBI) screening questionnaire during class time.  

Will I receive a copy of the results?

Grades K-2: Parents/Guardians will be notified by a school counselor if their child has been identified within the high risk range.  Parents/Guardians will not receive scores if their student’s scores fall in the low or no risk range.  No additional supplementary services will be provided without first receiving informed parental consent.  The screening instrument is one tool to measure individual student support needs and schoolwide progress. 

Grades 3-8: Parents/Guardians will be notified by a school counselor if their child’s answers indicate a lower level of overall well-being.  Parents/Guardians will not receive scores if their student’s scores indicate a higher level of overall well-being.  No additional supplementary services will be provided without first receiving informed parental consent.  The screening instrument is one tool to measure individual student support needs and schoolwide progress.  

Who will have access to the screening results?

Student privacy is a priority.  Only administrators and credentialed staff working directly with the student, such as the student’s credentialed teacher, school counselor, or school psychologist, will have access to student specific information.  Parents will be notified by a school counselor if the student’s results require further follow up.

How can I view the items for each survey?

Student Risk Screening Scale 

Well-Being Index

How do I opt my child out of participation?

Participation in the universal Social-Emotional Screener is available to all Kindergarten through 8th grade students attending HBCSD schools.  Parents/Guardians who prefer their student(s) not participate in the screener must complete the online Opt-Out Form.  The window for submitting the online Opt-Out Form will open on October 31, 2022 and will close on November 10, 2022.  

Online Opt-Out Form