Student, Community and Family Involvement: Involvement of students, parents, community representatives, health specialists, and volunteers in schools provides an integrated approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students both at school and in the community. School health advisory councils, coalitions, and broadly-based constituencies for school health can build support for school health programs. School administrators, teachers, school health staff in all components activity solicit family involvement and engage comm7unity resources, expertise, and services to respond effectivity to the health-related needs of students and families. Qualified professionals such as principals, teachers, and school health staff, along with students, along with students, parents and volunteers, provide leadership in this area.
Counseling, Mental Health, and Social Services are provided to assess and improve the mental, emotional, and social health of every students. All students receive these services, including developmental classroom guidance activities and preventative educational programs, in an effort to enhance and promote academic, personal, and social growth. Students who may have special needs are served through the administration and interpretation of psychometric and psychoeducational tests, observational assessments, individual and group counseling sessions, crisis intervention for emergency mental health needs, family/home consultation, and/or referrals to outside community-based agencies when appropriate. The professional skills of counselor, psychologists, and social workers, along with school health nurses, are utilized to provide coordinated “wrap around” services that contribute to the mental, emotional, and social health of students, their families and the school environment. Qualified professionals such as school and community counselors, school and community psychologists, school health nurses, social workers, and qualified staff from community agencies provide these services.