The Office of Student Services assists each student to complete their program of study by providing academic, behavior, social and emotional support to students who require alternative educational programming, mental health and wellness services and behavior support programs.
It is our belief that every student can achieve to their maximum potential if provided with the appropriate intervention at the appropriate time. Students who may experience a traumatic emotional event may require the temporary use of mental health and wellness services in addition to alternative educational programming to avoid a loss of instructional opportunity. The specific needs of the student will determine the services necessary to help the student maintain a course that will culminate in the completion of the program of study. All programs and services are designed to prevent students from dropping out of school while focusing on the end goal of program completion.
2012-2013 Goals for Student Services
Theme - "Behavior Intervention Rather Than Behavior Remediation"
Decrease the district suspension rate by three percent through the use of the DCPS Multi-level Intervention Process, school-level interventions and district-level programs.
Measure: A comparison of the 2011-2012 suspension rate to the 2012-2013 suspension rate.
Establish a district-level behavioral intervention program that will allow for students to engage in the discussion of strategies to avoid suspension.
Measure: A study of the number of students who avoided suspension after attending the program vs. those who were suspended.
Expand the school-based mental health program to allow students to receive services at every DCPS school.
Measure: MOU's signed by agencies providing mental health services where there were no individual services offered during prior school years.