The Student Services Department provides a range of support and interventions that are designed to enhance academic, social and emotional success as well as the over-all well-being of our students. Student Services work collaboratively with community agencies to offer prevention and interventions that address family issues, drug and alcohol problems, truancy and disciplinary concerns, teen pregnancy and physical and mental health concerns. Building-level support for instructional and administrative staff is a critical aspect of the Student Services mission, as is serving on Crisis Intervention teams and Community Health Committees. Student Services provide administrative oversight and support to the School Social Work, School Nurse, Health Services, Counseling and Homebound programs.
Mission Statement & Vision Statement for
Lee County Schools
The mission of the Lee County Elementary School Counselors is to provide high, quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. Our programs are designed to help students develop and enhance their cognitive, social-emotional, a career development. Through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, we will facilitate competence in the areas of communication, character, problem solving, career and self awareness, goal setting, and relationship.
The Lee County Elementary School Counselors envision a program which is data driven, students centered, and easily accessible to all. Our vision is that through this program, all students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing members of society.
The mission of Lee County Middle School Counselors is to provide services that will support and enhance the personal growth and development of our students. We offer services to assist students in meeting their personal goals while maintaining the high standards of Lee County Schools. We are professional school advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement. In partnership with other educators, parents or guardians and the community, we facilitate the support system to ensure all students in Lee County have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills to be 21st Century Learners and contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.
The vision of the Lee County Middle School counseling program is to ensure that all students graduate high school, college or career ready with the knowledge and skills to be contributing and caring members of society.
The mission of the high school counseling program in Lee County is to collaborate with school leaders, teachers, and our community to advocate for and facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social growth of every individual student preparing them to be people of integrity who are lifelong learners.
The vision of the high school counseling program in Lee County is to see every student graduate career and/or college ready and that they can transition into the world as competent, creative, and productive members of the community.
May is the month to celebrate nurses!
National School Nurses Day - May 10, 2017
National School Nurse Day, May 10, is a time to celebrate and honor the wonderful work that our school nurses do for the students and staff of Lee County Schools. The National Association of School Nurses, as does Lee County Schools, applauds the contributions the school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health and academic success of all students.
The week's theme for 2017 is "Nurses: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit." This theme continues to be reflective of the significant roles school nurses have in health care in their school communities, as well as in modeling health and resiliency. Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain safe, healthy and ready to learn. Given that today's children face more chronic health illnesses than ever before, our Lee County School nurses take their role in caring for students very seriously. Our nurses work hard to help create a healthy learning environment for every child in Lee County Schools. Their knowledge, assessment skills, caring nature, love of children and their good judgement help ensure quality health care for our students and for our staff. School nurses collaborate with students, the school community, families, the health care community, the community at large and government agencies so that children are in school healthy, safe and ready to learn.
Except for emergency situations, the school nurse may be the only health care professional with whom some students have routine contact. The role of the school nurse becomes p\increasingly more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional and other health problems continue to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the U.S. On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about 3 are likely to have asthma. Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4-6 percent of children in the U.S. Our school nurses are extremely valuable in developing, implementing and monitoring individualized care plans to address the unique needs of students who may present with these health concerns. They are also essential in managing health concerns which may arise during the school day.
The simple truth is that healthy children learn better. School nurses work to remove barriers to learning. School nurses focus on prevention and well-being for students and families through education regarding healthy lifestyle choices and management of chronic diseases. They promote prevention and wellness by providing access to care for our children to stay healthy, safe and ready to learn. The achievements of school nurses make it possible for our students to become responsible citizens. Improving the health of our children leads to positive learning outcomes which foster a successful future. Health, healthy lifestyles and graduation are the goals for our school nurses.
LCS students need health assessments and immunizations
Summer is over and all Lee County students are back in school for the year, but the newcomers have a few extra steps to take upon entering the Lee County Schools system.
Students enrolling into any North Carolina Public School for the first time, no matter their age, are required to complete and turn in a health assessment form. Previously, the health assessments only pertained to kindergarteners.
Now for any student entering the public school system — kindergarteners, homeschooled students, students transferring from private schools, out-of-state or out-of-country — a health assessment must be completed no earlier than one year prior to school entry by a licensed healthcare provider.
LCS Supervisor of School Nurses Mary B. Oates said it is important that parents not wait to have their children evaluated and immunized.
“When a new student enrolls in Lee County Schools, parents are given a form that says they have 30 calendar days to get the immunizations and the health assessment completed, if it’s not presented when they enroll,” she said. “I just want to remind parents that they will need to not wait until the last minute to try to get either one done.”
If a student does not complete and turn in a health assessment or receive the necessary immunizations, that student could be excluded, which Oates said occurs every year.
“We end up every year having to exclude 30-35 students at the kindergarten level and the same number at the seventh grade level each year [because their Health Assessments were not turned in and/or they haven’t received their immunizations],” she said.
After Sept. 27, students who have not turned in their paperwork will be excluded from school.
“We just don't want parents to wait until September 26 to do anything and then the child has to go home until it gets done,” Oates added.
Other items parents should be aware of regarding their child’s health:
- All students are required to have the DTP/DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), Polio, Hib (Hemophilus Influenzae B), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Hepatitis B immunizations; Varicella is required for students in grades kindergarten through 10th; the Tetanus booster with pertussis is required for students in grades 7 through 12; and the Meningococcal vaccine is required in grades 7 and 8.
- Parents are required to notify the nurse at their child’s schools to formulate a health plan if their child has any health issues, including diabetes, severe allergies, dietary needs and if their child needs to take any medications — whether it’s short- or long-term — while at school.
- At the beginning of the school year, each student will bring home a “Health and Student Information Card” for a parent or guardian to complete and return to school, in order to provide the schools with all students’ health information, including any chronic illness, allergy and medication information, to better protect them.
- Each year, students in kindergarten through ninth grade participate in a health screening called Health-A-Rama, in which students are screened in the areas of hearing, vision, height and weight. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive dental screening by a specially trained dental hygienist as well. Students who have difficulty with any of the screenings will be re-screened by the school nurse and parents are notified if students have any problems after the re-screenings. The school nurse and/or school social worker can provide parents with helpful information about local and state resources to provide follow-up care for vision and hearing screen failures or other health concerns. If a parent does not want a child screened (for any or all of the designated screenings) then the parent must write a note to the classroom teacher requesting that their child not be screened and identify which screening(s) to delete.
Each Lee County school is served by a school nurse, school counselor, school social worker and school psychologist to help every LCS student be healthy, safe and successful in school. Contact school staff with any questions or concerns about students’ health in the schools.