Critical Incident Response Team
The Critical Incident Response Team is a cadre of employees that have received specific training in grief counseling. When activated, members of this team are notified and asked to assist the staff at a specific school site(s) when there has been psychological trauma to the students, staff or community.
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
Curriculum content related to drugs and alcohol is taught through the district curriculum. Specific curriculum is provided at the elementary (K-6) level for the Steps to Respect and Second Step programs. The middle schools have implemented Project Alert. All three are State exemplary programs.
The Counseling and Guidance Program is designed to provide services to students in meeting their academic, career, personal, and social development needs. High School Counselors implement educational guidance and career planning through the development of an ongoing review of each students' four-year educational plan. They provide planning, consultation, and coordination of the secondary level academic program. Prevention and intervention services are integral components of the counseling program. A Standards Based Counseling and Guidance Program handbook is available for review at all schools.
Five school nurses provide district health services. The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention and detection of illness and disability. This is accomplished via state mandated screenings (hearing, vision, scoliosis, first grade physical exams, and immunization audits), communicable disease control, and provision of emergency first aid. Additionally, the nurses provide health counseling to pupils, parents, and school staff; refer pupils and parents to appropriate community resources for suspected medical diagnosis and treatment; recommend modification of school programs to meet students' health needs; assist in the development of classroom health curriculum; provide inservice training for school staff regarding health issues; participate as a health professional on the Student Success Team; and assist in the formation of health policies and objectives for the school district. Please visit the district Health News page for additional information.
Individual Instruction (Home/Hospital Instruction)
Individual (Home/hospital) instruction is available for any student who has a medical determination that requires an absence from school longer than 5 days. Instruction is provided in the home or hospital five hours per week, for a maximum of 45 days with a physician's documentation, to assist the student in completing classroom assignments. The medical evaluation must be made by a physician or psychiatrist. Applications are available at each school site.
School psychologists serve the special education program by providing assessment and a written psycho educational study for every special education student for initial placement and at three-year reevaluation. In addition to assessment, they serve on each school's Student Study Team, facilitate special education placements, and provide consultation to teachers and assist administrator with threat assessments. They serve all children who live within the San Luis Coastal Unified School District from kindergarten through high school graduation.
Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program is a secondary program designed to support students at risk for substance abuse, tobacco addiction, and social/emotional problems. The district contracts with the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services for counselors who provide counseling in the areas of grief, eating disorders, HIV education and other health-related issues.
Student Success Team
Legal mandates require that classroom modifications be made prior to a referral for special education services. The team that recommends these modifications is the Student Success Team. This ensures that the student has had every opportunity to have his/her educational needs met in the least restrictive environment. Each school has a Student Success Team of teachers and specialists who review the needs of all students at their school with social, emotional, or academic needs. When curricula modifications and various instructional strategies have not been successful within the general education classroom, the student may be referred for special education assessment or a 504 evaluation.
Threat Assessment Team
With a primary focus of safety on our school campuses, the Threat Assessment Team provides an immediate response to evaluate a student when he/she has made a written or verbal threat to an employee or another student. Led by the school administrators and the district school psychologists, the Team determines if a threat poses a danger to self or others and makes recommendations regarding support for the student.