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What are the goals of the Universal Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screening?

The use of universal social-emotional learning screenings helps us to:

  • Provide data-informed and responsive supports to students to increase positive student outcomes, including achievement, attendance, subjective well-being, positive peer relationships and positive decision-making;
  • Measure the overall effectiveness of our prevention and intervention services K-12, including the effectiveness of curriculum to meet our students’ needs; and
  • Guide professional development priorities for teachers, staff, and administrators.

Will the outcomes be part of my student’s permanent records? Where will the record be stored?

The universal social emotional learning screening data represents a snapshot of information at a moment in time. We will maintain the student level information for the usability period of 24 months past the most recent screening administration. Beyond 24 months, the student level information is less useful and we will delete/destroy scores that link directly into student’s records. The data for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade is maintained on our secure assessment system, Illuminate Education. The data for students taking the CoVitality screening is maintained for the duration of our contract period with Mosaic Network, Inc. Students access the CoVitality screening instrument with the use of a student identifier that the District will match to a student’s score report. Non-student specific identifying aggregate data will be maintained within the Instructional Services department at the District Office indefinitely for use in school and district climate analysis and program evaluation at the site and district levels.

Who will have access to the information on student outcomes of the screener?

Grades 9-12: Student privacy is a priority. On the CoVitality screening instrument (4-12), student results are only available to certificated staff with user accounts, including the site principal, school counselor(s), student intervention specialists, and school psychologist. Additionally, district level credentialed administrators within the Student Services department will have access to student level information.

What will happen with the student reports?

This sample CoVitality Strengths report is provided as a resource. Parents of students with scores who are considered to have low levels of covitality and/or high levels of social emotional distress will be contacted for further follow-up from a school counselor or student support specialist.

How soon can I expect to receive results from the screener?

This is the first year of implementation of social-emotional learning screening within the district. We anticipate notifying parents/guardians of students in the medium or high risk category within four to six weeks of administration.  It is essential that we thoroughly review assessment data following the completion of the universal screening window to validate student data and findings, communicate with parents/guardians for students who are prioritized for follow-up, and prepare and disseminate information.

Who can I talk to about the outcomes of the screener to learn more?

If you have questions about information provided to you during this process, please contact your child’s school counselor (K-5), or student support specialist (6-12).

SIS contact information


SchoolNameContact Info
CIHSIVAN KOZIN805-385-2754i

What if my child has a bad day or our family is going through a divorce. Will this come out through the screener?

The universal screeners selected for administration were selected because they are reliable and valid for their intended purpose, that of screening populations of students to identify varying levels of risk for internalizing and externalizing behaviors (Student Risk Screening Scale Grades K-3), or personal strengths and social-emotional distress (CoVitality Grades 4-12). The school district’s scope of work is to focus on supporting a student’s optimal functioning with the school setting. The purpose of the universal screenings is not intended to identify specific situations of family distress, or to diagnose any conditions, although family distress may impact a student’s experiences, emotional status, and behaviors within the school setting. One important goal for universal screening related to this question is to identify students who may require additional support services, and then to work collaboratively with parents/guardians to determine appropriate supports. As always, the school district does not provide additional supplementary support without first obtaining your informed consent.

How do I opt my child out of participation?

Participation in the universal social emotional health is available to all students attending OUHSD schools in grades 9-12. Parents of students received notification by their site administration and may opt your child out of participation in writing by completing the online opt-out form. Please note, if you are opting multiple students out of participation you will need to fill out one form for each child.  Students may also opt themselves out at the start of the survey.

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