One of the things we take quite seriously at EPIC Charter Schools is the wellbeing of the students and families we are so fortunate to serve. We believe that health and wellness go hand in hand and make for a strong foundation that leads to success in school. That is why we want you to be aware of some wellness-related resources that are available to you at EPIC.
According to a 2018 report from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, seven percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported at least one suicide attempt. The unfortunate reality is that not all students have access to mental health services. That is not the case at EPIC. Through a partnership with YouthCare Oklahoma, every EPIC student has access to mental health counseling. YouthCare Oklahoma can provide the bulk of its services virtually and in most cases immediately. Please reach out to your teacher if you have a student in need of these services.
EPIC also partners annually with Vizavance to provide all EPIC students with the opportunity to participate in no-cost vision screenings. This usually takes place around February of each year and you will receive a communication as that time approaches. Plans for next year’s screenings have not been finalized and are subject to change in light of COVID-related guidelines that may be in place at that time.
Because EPIC isn’t able to offer organized sports or athletic teams, many of our parents choose to put their Learning Fund to use for their kids’ physical activity needs. Gymnastics, ice skating and martial arts are just some of the services offered by Learning Fund vendors. While there are specific guidelines about how and for what the Learning Fund can pay for, there are many options available. Please visit epiccharterschools.org/learning-fund for more information and a complete vendor directory.
Making sure our students and families have quality self-care resources available to them is a priority at EPIC. As we kick off the new school year on Sept. 8, please know that the success and wellbeing of our students is always our primary focus.