District 230’s guidance program helps all students with goal setting, planning, self-awareness, career exploration and decision-making. Developmental in nature, the guidance process addresses students’ and parents’ unique needs during each particular year in school. The guidance counselor is an advocate throughout the high school experience who assists students in preparing educational programs in keeping with post high school plans. The counselor also encourages social and emotional development and facilitates home-school communication.
Student Health Services
The school nurse maintains student immunization records, assigns elevator keys as needed, assesses the needs of special education students, performs vision and hearing screenings, and promotes awareness of health concerns to students and school staff. Students may arrange to see the nurse by obtaining a pass from a teacher but should visit the school nurse for first-aid treatment following any injury that occurs at school, especially in physical education class.
Social Work Services
Short-term family obstacles or difficulty developing relationships at school can often affect learning. In such cases, social work services are available to students and families through the Student Services Team. The initial referral may come from members of the school staff, parents or the students’ themselves. School social workers assess school related problems and their possible causes to make recommendations which may include modifications to the student’s school program or a referral to appropriate community resources.
Student Assistance for Substance Abuse
Help for families and students to avoid or overcome the obstacles of substance abuse is available through programs such as student assistance coordination, alcohol/tobacco/drug prevention education, interventions, Natural Helpers Leadership Program, tobacco cessation programs, parent/student presentations, Operation Snowball/Power (drug prevention programs) and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Student Intervention Teams of trained school staff review specific cases of suspected substance abuse and their subsequent impact on academic success and behavior. For parents who prefer to seek resources on their own a list of community assistance agencies is available.
Special Education Services
Services are provided to all students identified with disabilities as defined in all classifications by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act including mental, physical, vision, hearing and speech impairments, as well as learning disabilities and emotional disorders. For these students an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed detailing goals and services or programs to address their needs. Parents who suspect that their child has a disability are urged to call their guidance counselor. Qualified and experienced school professionals work with parents to identify these needs.
All entering freshmen, transfer students and students with a history of speech and language difficulties, as well as those referred by staff and parents receive a screening by the school speech and language therapist. If the results require further testing a speech and language case study evaluation will be provided. The Student Services Team will provide assistance to students in addressing their particular needs.
Each campus offers school psychological services to determine whether a student could benefit from a special program or service. Student counseling, staff and parent conferences and consultations, referrals to outside services, and annual placement reviews of special education students help school psychologists assess the needs of some students. Referrals for evaluation by the school psychologist are made by members of the student services team. The first resource for parents and students is always the guidance counselor.
District 230 manages student behavioral problems in a progressive manner that is consistently and fairly applied. Based in a clear set of rules that students are required to follow, the intent of school discipline is to be positive and corrective, nonetheless it is still discipline. The progressive discipline process provides interventions to students involved in repeated offenses to help them develop skills to manage their behavior effectively.
For students who have not demonstrated success in the day school programs District 230 offers two alternatives. For freshmen and sophomores a daytime alternative education program is offered. For juniors and seniors an evening alternative education program is available. Entry into these alternative education programs is determined by the Student Services Teams in each school.
What is Transition?
A coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. (IDEA 2004)