Darlington School: Community Wellness 
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COMMUNITY WELLNESS GUIDE
Please refer to this page for official updates and resources related to Darlington School's plans for the 2021-2022 school year related to COVID-19.

Community Wellness

Live well, learn well, be well.

Every adult at Darlington is committed to the wellness of the students in our care because we believe wellness is critical to each child’s individual learning experience and to our mission as educators. In our effort to grow a healthy community of learners, we have woven 10 dimensions of wellness throughout our academic and residential life curriculum.

Social Wellness

The socially well student makes connections with others in the community, becomes involved in areas of the school outside of the classroom, and is willing to move out of their comfort zone by engaging in new activities.

Academic Wellness

The academically well student takes personal responsibility for their academic success, understands that they have a unique learning style, has strong time management skills, and is willing to seek help when they do not understand what is being taught in the classroom.

Emotional Wellness

The emotionally well student can identify, express and manage the entire range of feelings. They maintain a healthy self-esteem, positive body image, and know how to regulate their feelings. They also know where to seek support and help regarding their mental health.

Relational Wellness

The relationally well student has built relationships of support based on interdependence, mutual trust and respect. They are able to identify qualities of a healthy and unhealthy relationship in their life and the lives of others.

Spiritual Wellness

The spiritually well student seeks harmony and balance by openly exploring the depth of human purpose, meaning, and connection through dialogue and self-reflection. This may or may not include participation in organized religion.

Creative Wellness

The creatively well student values and actively participates in a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences as a means to understand and appreciate the surrounding world.

Cultural Wellness

The culturally well student is aware of their own cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds. Cultural wellness implies understanding, awareness and intrinsic respect for aspects of diversity.

Intellectual Wellness

The intellectually well student values lifelong learning and seeks to foster critical thinking, develop moral reasoning, expand worldviews and engage in education for the pursuit of knowledge.

Physical Wellness

The physically well student maintains a balance of physical activity, nutrition and mental well-being. They are aware of their limits and are able to make healthy decisions based on their personal values; therefore, it compliments their own physical and mental health.

Financial Wellness

The financially well student has an understanding of the basics of finance including budgeting, credit and debt, saving and investing, and making wise decisions about spending.

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Preparing positive providers

Through training and partnerships and by providing helpful resources, our faculty and staff work to support every student’s physical, social, and emotional wellness.

Training

  • Darkness to Light - Darlington has achieved Partner in Prevention status for training our faculty and staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of children.
  • Mental Health First Aid - Faculty and staff members who work directly with students complete the National Council for Mental Well-Being’s Mental Health First Aid training.
  • CPR & AED - All faculty and staff complete the American Heart Association’s CPR & AED certification every two years.
  • Bus Training - A Bus Driver Training course is required for anyone who is part of the residential duty staff and/or who regularly transports students in Darlington school buses.

 

Partnerships

  • Flik Independent School Dining - Through wholesome meals, nutrition education, and environmentally conscious programming, Flik equips us to live happy, healthy lives.
  • Floyd Medical Center - Professionals from Floyd Medical Center staff our Student Health Center as well as our sports medicine department, which serves our Upper School student-athletes and our visiting teams.
  • Sexual Assault Center of NWGA - Prevention educators from the SAC teach Speak Up Be Safe to our eighth- and ninth-graders annually. This program helps children learn skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying and child abuse.

 

 

Resources

  • Our best resource is our people. If you ever need to talk, please contact a trusted adult.
  • RAINN - The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN works in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers. Get 24/7 confidential support by calling 1-800-656-4673 or clicking here.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers. Get 24/7 confidential support by calling 1-800-273-8255.

Meet our Team

Our counselors and nurses are here to help. Actively involved in the development of our wellness curriculum and policies, this team works to ensure everyone on our campus feels safe and supported.

Chris Allen
Counselor, Upper School; History Teacher, Upper School
Allison Holst
Personal Counselor, Upper School; Residential Duty Staff
Bebe Zazzaro
Counselor, Pre‑K to 8, Advisory Coordinator, Advisor Student Council, Advisor for the Student Committee
Tracey McKemie
Director Student Health Center