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.
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.