Loveland Intermediate, Middle, and High Schools have continued to prepare for the launch of Hope Squad in January 2019. Hope Squad is a model utilizing faculty advisors and trusted peers to identify students at risk for suicidal ideation and behavior, connecting those students to critical resources in an effort to save lives. The district, through a partnership with Grant Us Hope, has been working to prepare staff for implementation of Hope Squad since the spring of 2018. Faculty advisors have been trained at all three schools. On October 8, all LIS, LMS, and LHS staff will receive an overview of the model and work to be done.
In late October and early November, students at the three schools will attend a presentation about Hope Squad, and will then participate in an online poll to confidentially nominate trusted peers to be members of each school’s program. This process is entirely student driven, meaning absolutely no adult intervention will be allowed. Students themselves will have the say in who it is that they trust to be members of this critical group.
Following student nominations, selected students and their parents will receive further information and training regarding Hope Squad. Students will have a defined curriculum tailored to their age groups, and with parent permission, they will then begin implementation of the model in January 2019.
Questions regarding Hope Squad can be directed to Eric J. Dool (Director of Student Services), or to the lead Hope Squad advisors at each building (Robin Schneider, LIS; Kim Shafer, LMS; and Jamie Gordon, LHS). All students, whether selected for Hope Squad or not, are always encouraged to engage in other critical Tiger Care initiatives in their buildings.
Article posted October 1, 2018.