In 2013, the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office was awarded nearly $1,000,000 through a U.S. Department of Education Elementary School Counseling Grant. Our federally funded program, Linked to Kids, provides trained mental health professionals at Summerville, Curtis Creek, and Jamestown Elementary Schools. We will work to remove barriers to learning with support that promotes healthy and positive youth development through early intervention.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
The Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Program is an evidence-based program used to improve school climate by promoting safety, responsibility, and respect. PBIS is a system used school-wide and works to decrease negative behaviors through the support of positive ones. Safety, responsibility, and respect are clear expectations at school and students who demonstrate these behaviors are acknowledged.
Adults on campus teach useful social skills and work proactively with discipline strategies to promote a positive learning environment. A team of staff members meets regularly to review, define, and strengthen the PBS program.
- Establish school-based mental health services through collaboration with local agencies. These include the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center; Center for a Non-Violent Community; Tuolumne County Behavioral Health; Tuolumne County Public Health Department; and Child Welfare Services.
- Improve student achievement and social/emotional well-being by implementing a positive youth development program. Counselors will provide classroom and grade-level presentations for all students, small-group counseling for students with specific needs, and individual counseling services based on staff referrals.
- Provide high quality staff and parent trainings to address mental health problems, raise awareness, work toward solutions, and strengthen support systems for students and families.