Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (“May the Fourth Be With You”) is the NC School Psychology Association’s (NCSPA) Third Annual Legislative Day. School psychologists from across North Carolina will be advocating through letters, emails, and both video and audio calls to their NC General Assembly legislators. Some members will be meeting with their legislators in Raleigh, practicing appropriate safety measures of social distancing and face coverings while in buildings. Many
will be participating on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #NCSPAadvocates and sharing about how they support NC students and families.
The mental health needs of our children, both with and without disabilities, continue to exist and are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the full impact will likely not be known for years, it is known that stress due to school disruption, economic instability, social injustice and inequality issues and the disruption of everyday life activities may lead to increased need for mental and educational supports for children and adolescents (National Association of School Psychologists, 2021). School Psychologists provide crisis intervention, academic and behavioral intervention, counseling, psycho-educational evaluations and support students and school staff.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends a staff ratio of 1 School Psychologist to every 500 students, while the current NC staffing average ratio is 1 School Psychologist to every 1,943 students. As outlined in our NCSPA 2021