The mission statement of the Polk County Public Schools Student Services Department is to support youth, families, and school board employees by enhancing mental and physical health resulting in optimal student achievement and personal success for all.
|Jim Maxwell||Director of Student Services||534-0958|
|Shannon Gillespie||Senior Manager of Social Work Services
Responsibilities: School Social Workers, Attendance, Juvenile Court Liaison, TASSEL
Senior Manager of Psychological Services
|Audrey Kelley||Senior Manager
Responsibilities: Prevention, Health, and Wellness
Responsibilities: Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
Senior of Coordinator of Mindful Schools
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Research studies emphasize the importance of student services relative to student achievement. For example:
The Student Services Department has adapted the coordinated school health model from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide programs and services to Polk County Public Schools’ K-12 students and their families. This model impacts students’ overall well being and ability to learn.
Components of the model include: Counseling, psychological, and social services; health services; healthy school climate (i.e., safe & drug free schools, violence prevention, school attendance); comprehensive school health education; nutrition education; health promotion for staff and students; and parent/family and community partnerships in school health.
Based on careful analysis of student needs, evidenced-based programs and services are implemented, monitored, and evaluated in an effort to increase student achievement. Many of the programs and services offered are federal, state, and/or locally mandated.
Our Student Services Department provides effective, centralized leadership which results in consistent interpretation of policies and procedures, thereby limiting liability, assuring equity of services, and utilizing resources and personnel efficiently.
Information about the different services we offer is now found in the Parents Student Services section.
Please use the links below to access specific services directly.