Addressing Childhood Mental Health

Laurens County School District 55 has announced an increased number of sessions for the Parent Academy Series this school year. Another session is planned for tomorrow evening – Thursday, April 22nd starting at 6:00 pm. There will be two sessions underway tomorrow, one in Spanish and one in English. Session 4 will include the story of Hayden Hurst and his battle with mental health issues.

District 55 Superintendent Dr. Ameka Thomas said, “We have been pleased with the level of participation in these events, and we are looking to expand the opportunity with these three additional sessions.” She added,

“We recognize the need to continuously develop our ability to meet the needs of our students in creative ways and to work collaboratively with parents and the community in achieving that goal.”

These Parent Academy sessions are virtual meetings using the Zoom platform. Parents or caregivers interested in attending these events can register through


For this Thursday, April 22nd Parent Academy Session 4:



Academia de padres en español:


School District 55 has also added three new Parent Academy Sessions in May 2021. In Session 5, on May 13, 2021, the topic will be “Trauma – Signs, Symptoms, and Types of Treatment.” That will be followed by a session on “Early Attachment in the first year and a half and its effects on SEL, the brain, and relationships later in life and what is needed in that time period” on May 20, 2021. The final session of Parent Academy, on May 27, 2021, will present information on “Highly Sensitive Children – 1/5 kids are highly sensitive and often are labeled, medicated, and suffer in silence, feeling like something is wrong with them.”


Parents or caregivers interested in attending these events can register at:


Session 5:


Session 6:


Session 7: