The School Avoidance Alliance

Although school avoidance has been a problem for years, it has gone under the radar.

We are here to change that! 

We support families, educators, and all stakeholders as we spread awareness for best practices to help get our kids back to school.

Two teens graduating

Jayne Demsky, Founder School Avoidance Alliance

This has always been a very personal mission for me because my son struggled with school avoidance on and off for many years. 

When this started around 2009, there was very little information available and the stigma around mental illness was still potent. It was very lonely and everyone in our house was affected.

My son was suffering from severe anxiety disorder and depression. As as all parents know, when your kid is in pain, you are in pain. 

We went through multiple mental health professionals that were not experienced enough to help us. In addition, our school district told me that they didn’t understand anxiety disorder, they thought my son was manipulating us all and they put off providing proper support.

After a few years through different mental health providers, a few interventions, special education advocacy assistance, reading tons of clinical and legal research, working with dedicated educators and schools; my son got his life back.

Those years are a little blurry but I have vivid memories and many lessons learned.

No family or child deserves to go through a journey like ours, so seven years ago I starting sharing support and resources with families on my first website schoolrefusalhope.org.

Over this past year, I had a revelation that was pretty simple, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize.

In order to make things better for school avoidance families, we have to dedicate equal time and resources to providing awareness and information to the school community. Our educators play an essential part in getting our kids back to school.

So this brings us to where we are today; the launch of the School Avoidance Alliance.

Thank you,

Jayne Demsky

Our Mission

The School Avoidance Alliance is dedicated to sharing best practice interventions, school avoidance facts, and resources. for helping kids with school avoidance get back to learning (school).

We support and partner with all stakeholders involved in helping kids with school avoidance get back to learning.
Parents – Educators – Mental Health Providers – Schools – Educational Advocates and any organization supporting improved mental health, educational engagement, and social-emotional learning.

We are a community that understands the complicating factors of school avoidance which can cause frustration, isolation, and heartache. We don’t want families and their kids suffering anymore.

The best outcomes come when our stakeholders (mentioned above) work together with awareness, empathy, and access to real-world facts and evidence-based solutions.

We are also a resource and conduit of school avoidance information for schools, their educators, and all their staff who are champions for their students. We support schools in their prevention efforts and will continue to spotlight that early intervention, equals the best outcomes. These outcomes are kids’ lives!!

We will continue to advocate for systemic change, promoting awareness and accelerating the flow of information from the top-down (leading world researchers and clinicians) and bottom-up (parents and individual school districts).

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