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Universal Screening

In an effort to promote the health and well being of students in Dedham Public Schools, students will be periodically provided with questionnaires, surveys, and screeners that address issues related to mental health. The information gained will support the school’s ability to provide comprehensive and timely support for your son or daughter if they require any assistance.

Why It Works

When students, parents, and staff work with us, it makes a lasting difference. Students who take advantage of our services often experience stronger attendance, better class participation, and better academic outcomes. We collaborate with staff and partner with parents to strengthen our school community.

Through consistent screening and continuous monitoring, we can often address issues before they become crises. We are committed to increasing our efforts to lower the rates of student anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress due to the pandemic.


Our staff is made up of DESE-licensed counseling professionals (school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers/adjustment counselors), who engage in consistent training and professional development to ensure they are ready to support your child. If you would like more information about the DPS Counseling Department, please contact us.

Prek-12 Counseling Team Contacts

Yearly Screening Plan

Twice a year, the Dedham Public School’s Mental and Behavioral Health team screens students in grades 4, 7, and 9 using a brief (25-item) questionnaire related to symptoms of anxiety and depression.  The first round of screening takes place in mid-November, and the second round of screening takes place in mid-April.    Email notifications, information and opt-out forms are shared with families in advance of each round of screening. 

Screening Frequently Asked Questions