Student Support Center
Promoting learning by supporting the health and wellbeing of all students!
The SCUSD Student Support & Health Services Department operates 20 “Student Support Centers” (formerly Youth & Family Resource Centers) at schools throughtout the district to provide support to struggling students and their familes. At each center, a coordinator works closely with schools staff to identify students in need of assistance. Once identified, social workers, interns and community partners work directly with students and their families to address issues that are of concern to them, using a strenghts-based model and drawing on other resources for additional support.
Student Support Center staff work with the Response to Intervention (RTI) model in the assessment and support planning for each student. RTI is a systematic decision-making process designed to:
- Allow for early and effective responses to students’ learning and behavioral difficulties.
- Provide students with level of support services matched to their level of need.
- Provided a data-based method for evaluating the effectiveness of instuctional approaches.
RTI relies on evidence-based instructional practices and frequent progress monitoring to provide the data necessary to make decisions about child progress. The staff works closely with site administrators, school staff, students and families to provide an array of services specific to the individual school and community needs. The menu of services at a site may include:
Tier 1: Universal Services
- School climate & bullying prevention
- Character education
- Health screening & education
- Family & community events
- School supply & uniform distribution
Tier 2: Strategic Services for targeted students and families
- Attendance services/SART participation
- Basic needs (clothing, food, shelter)
- Employment & financial assistance
- Health insurance enrollment
- Legal assistance
- Mentoring (including in-class support)
- Parenting classes & leadership
- Psychoeducational groups
- Recreation/afterschool referrals
- Student Success Team support/facilitation
- Transportation assistance
Tier 3: Intensive Services for students and families in crisis
- AOD counseling
- Child welfare (CPS)
- Domestic violence support
- Home visitation
- Mental health couseling
- Suicide risk assessment