Sonora High School Awarded $200,000 Grant For Student Mental Health

The Sonora Union High School District has been awarded a School Health Demonstration Project Grant from the California Department of Education, which will provide up to $100,000 per year for the next two years. The grant is aimed at expanding comprehensive health and mental health services to students, with a focus on implementing Medi-Cal billing for eligible services.

Superintendent Ed Pelfrey explains the school district’s commitment to these goals.

“Community leaders, staff, and the Board identified student wellness as the district’s top priority in the District Strategic Planning process completed last April. This grant will generate more income to invest in supporting student wellbeing.”

To address these issues, Sonora High School is opening a new on-site Wellness Center, the first of its kind in Tuolumne County. The center will provide students with a safe space to seek support for their mental and emotional well-being. Meanwhile, Cassina High School is increasing its focus on Social Emotional Learning and building healthy relationships.

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