If a Lapwai Middle/High School student needs a snack to get through the day, they just have to ask a staff member during their passing period.

If a student is struggling in the classroom environment and needs a place to collect themselves, they can work from the school’s softly-lit “empowerment room.”

And if they’re having a mental health crisis, therapists can be on-site in minutes, from the local health clinic right next door.

The 500-student Lapwai School District takes an all-bases-covered approach to student well-being, including leveraging partnerships with the Nez Perce tribe and local community to address youth mental health. The small North Idaho district is among only nine rural districts in the state to provide four key behavioral health supports for all of its students, according to an Idaho Education News review of State Department of Education data.

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