The Student Services staff within each building provides services in the areas of counseling, social work, school psychology, and nursing. These professionals work with staff, parents and community resources to assist students in personal, social, educational, health and occupational development through individual, small or large group sessions as well as collaboration with other staff.
* Individual counseling concerning social and personal issues.
* Screening and assessments for academic, social and emotional needs.
* Classroom discussions.
* Consultation with teachers and parents.
* Developmental guidance activities covering topics such as decision-making, feelings, friendship, cooperation, conflict resolution, drug awareness, and safety issues.
* Special education needs assessment, which may include individual measurements of intellectual functioning, academic performance, social behavior, perceptual motor development, and adaptive behavior functioning.
* Small group work, such as new student groups, family change groups, friendship groups and social skills groups.
* Alcohol and other drug screening or resource information and concerned persons groups.
* Emergency nursing services and maintenance of immunization and health records.
* Public health services, disease prevention, health promotion.
Building Consultation Team
Student Services staff also function as part of a Building Consultation Team (BCT), which is a problem-solving group where teachers, other staff and parents (when appropriate), meet to discuss student needs.
Student Services staff assist in:
* Reviewing information and discussing alternatives for working with students in regular education.
* Clarifying concerns about students in regular education.
* Meeting with parents, teachers and other support personnel about student needs.
* Coordinating the efforts of school staff in meeting student needs.
A nurse’s assistant is in each health office providing basic health services to students including emergency care, dispensing medication, maintaining immunization and health records, plus screening students for communicable diseases. In his/her absence, the secretary handles student health needs. The Coordinator of Health Services is responsible for providing and supervising the school health program. School nurses maintain the school health program as well as collaborate with community health services to strenghthen the educational process for students. For more information, contact Blanche Baker-Vlasak at email@example.com or 608-829-9056.