Student Services is committed to supporting the instructional process by identifying and eliminating barriers to learning, advocating for the needs of the whole child, and empowering all students to become lifelong learners in the 21st century.
Purpose and Goals:
The Student Services department provides support to schools through:
- Student Services personnel assigned to schools
- School-based Student Services teams
- Initiatives, programs, activities, and services are designed to assist schools in their support of student achievement and well-being. The success of Student Services is dependent upon collaborative participation and communication between all stakeholders; this includes the student, school personnel, parents/guardians, and community partners.
The work of Student Services is not academically content-specific. However, services are designed with an individual student’s needs or a broader targeted area of concern as the focus. They may be implemented across curricular areas and they may address issues that are not “academic” in nature but negatively impact the student or school in some way.
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling. They are uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. They also provide consultation to parents and students. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis, and conflict resolution.
School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Bachelors or Masters degree in social work. They are the link between the home, school and community. School social workers provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families, and school personnel such as monitoring school attendance, promoting dropout prevention, consultation, information and referral, identification of at-risk students, and counseling. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis, and conflict resolution.
Health Services is a combination of health education, physical education, and health services. It includes a planned, sequential K-12 program that integrates information about specific health topics. In addition, school nurses facilitate health services such as immunizations, follow-up, communicable disease control, vision and hearing screening and follow-up, health assessments and referrals, health counseling, information for students and families, medication administration, and developing health plans for individual students.