ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg Public Schools and the Douglas Education Service District have partnered up to launch the first social-emotional classroom in Douglas County.
Officials said the project started more than a year ago. The classroom will be located at Eastwood Elementary School in Roseburg.
They said the classroom is dedicated to students who struggle with their social-emotional skills. Some examples include students who struggle with anxiety, ADHD or come from traumatic backgrounds.
The program will start with 12 students. Eight students will have more developed social-emotional skills while the other four will be the ones who need a little extra help. The point is for the peers to be role models for the others.
“I think there’s just a lot of students that are coming to us that are less capable of self-regulation and just being able to identify their feelings or some of their struggles,” said Tatum Stedman, the early-learning facilitator for Roseburg Public Schools.
Eventually, officials said they will expand the number of classrooms they have. They said they want to expand the program throughout the district and eventually the county.
The program is for preschoolers ages four to five who live within the Roseburg Public Schools boundary map.
The classroom will run four days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with no school on Wednesdays.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
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