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Austin Public Schools

401 3rd Ave NW
Austin, MN  55912

District Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:30PM

Fostering Positive Well-Being

Research notes that the key protective factors that enhance student well-being include school and parent-family connectedness. Students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health looked at the impact of protective factors on adolescent health and well-being among more than 36,000 7th–12th grade students. The study found that family, school, and individual factors such as school connectedness, parent-family connectedness, and high parental expectations for academic achievement. School connectedness was found to be one of the strongest protective factor for both boys and girls to decrease risk behaviors.

In this same study, school connectedness was second in importance, after family connectedness, as a protective factor against emotional distress, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation. Austin Public Schools provides many opportunities to foster school connectedness and belonging with offering a wide range of activities for student participation. There is something for everyone and we encourage students to connect. CDC Report on School Connectedness 2009

Suicide Prevention

We are here to support you and your child. If you have any concerns about your child's success in school, please get in touch with the appropriate Student Support Professional.

On July 16, 2022, the United States transitioned to the new three-digit dialing code 988 to reach crisis support. The change is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline) to a phone number people can more easily remember and access in times of crisis. The shift also includes an online chat feature and a new texting option.

The new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline code will serve as a universal entry point so people can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help regardless of where they live. Anyone can dial or text 988 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to reach crisis support or to use an online chat feature to connect with crisis support. People can dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one needing crisis support.

Virtual Calming Room

This Virtual Calming Room (from Sacramento City Unified School District) provides resources to help create a calming atmosphere. 

"This Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, families and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings."

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