Resource Information

Last Updated: 7/22/2020 3:52 PM

 

CHILD ABUSE

Any person, including teachers, administrators, support personnel, and other district and school personnel who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child or a student has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child's welfare, must personally file a report with Childline on the web site or call 1- 800-932-0313, and shall report such knowledge or suspicion to the building principal, social worker, and nurse.

 

Mckinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

In compliance with the federal McKinney-Vento Act, as reauthorized in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Woodland Hills School District is attempting to identify all children within the district who may be experiencing homelessness. The term homeless children and youth is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. 

This includes individuals who:

  • Share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Live in a hotel, motel, trailer park or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Live in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings;
  • Live in substandard housing (no running water or working utilities, infestations, etc…)

Children who are experiencing homelessness may qualify for assistance with free school lunches, school supplies/materials, tutoring and transportation so they can remain in their school of origin throughout the duration of their homeless episode.

If you believe a student may qualify for this service please contact the school social worker.

 

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

     The Student Assistance Program addresses the challenge of helping those middle school students who are having trouble in school. The SAP Process is a positive, success-oriented program that follows specific assessment and intervention tactics to help remove educational and behavioral stumbling blocks for elementary children in the regular classroom. It is a team approach designed to assist students to function successfully in the elementary school environment. The goal for the Student Assistance Program is to maximize individual student’s success in regular classes. This often leads to a decrease in the number of referrals and placements of students into special education classes and an increase in the strategies used by teachers that lead to success for all students. Any student who is experiencing difficulty functioning successfully in the classroom due to consistent academic or behavioral problems may be a candidate for SAP services.

     The Student Assistance Team will include a building administrator, the school social worker, the nurse, the school Behavior Interventionist, the county liaison, and the referring teacher. Parents are invited and encouraged to participate as members of the SAP Team. School psychologists, reading specialists, speech therapists, or other classroom teachers may also serve on the Student Assistance Team, depending on the needs of the child.

     Collaboration and joint planning are essential to the SAP Process. Each member of the Student
Assistance Team has input to determine what methods, learning styles, special techniques, or programs will best address the individual student’s academic, behavioral, and/or life skills. The Student Assistance Team recommends strategies to be implemented to help the student achieve success in the regular classroom.