The St. Johns County School Board proclaimed February 5-9 as Student Services Week during their February School Meeting. Student Services Week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the services provided by school counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers whose work at schools supports the social, emotional, behavioral, mental, physical health, and safety of all students.
While many of these efforts are often not at the forefront when thinking of education, they are integral to student success both in and out of the classroom. Student Services professionals work directly and indirectly with students, parents, teachers, school and district administrators, and community stakeholders. Some examples of their work include increasing student attendance, providing mental health support and health education, developing and implementing positive behavior supports, promoting problem-solving, connecting community resources, addressing graduation and dropout rates, suicide prevention, crisis response and college and career planning.