Sioux Falls elementary schools implement new mental health program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Cleveland Elementary Principal Mitchell Sheaffer tells the Argus Leader that the Move This World program also helps teachers identify which students might need extra support. The program offers online curriculum and videos that teach students about bullying prevention, stress management and conflict resolution, among other things.

Teacher Lindsey Olson says she uses a list of about 100 emoji for students to reference throughout the day to express their emotions. She also has posters that encourage students to practice cool-down mechanisms or positive coping skills.

Olson says the program has helped her students understand how to respond to the emotions they're experiencing.