Trauma support program, WATCH, extends another school year for Col. Co. BOE

Columbia County, Ga. (WJBF) – In Columbia County, commissioners voted to extend a partnership with the school system.

They’ve teamed up to help students who went through traumatic experiences.
It’s called the WATCH program.

A school’s main goal is for students to reach academic success. The WATCH program is another way to help those who might need extra support.

It’s an alert system between seven partners. These partners are people like first responders and court judges.

The school system’s Coordinator of Socio-Emotional Services, Rachel Czerepak, says, “the more we continue with this program, the more partners we bring on, and the longer that it is in existence, we will be able to impact more students who are potentially experiencing trauma in the community.

The information given is minimal for confidential reasons. It only gives the students name and school, date and time, as well as who issued the alert.

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