Student Support and Health Services (SSHS) offers a wide range of social, emotional, and health resources to help students thrive. We promote attendance and a positive school climate by focusing on the whole child, providing critical support services and removing barriers to learning.
Foster Youth Services (FYS) – a group of school professionals with expertise in the both educational and social service systems – joined the SSHS family in 2018. The FYS program is designed to serve the unique educational, social and emotional needs of children in foster care by building assets that make them resilient and ultimately successful. FYS began operating in 1973 in SCUSD. Our program has successfully served thousands of foster youth, markedly improving their school performance and increasing their chances for success later in life.
We recognize the connection between health and academic achievement, and the importance of using evidence-based policies and practices to promote student health and wellness. Health Services credentialed school nurses, teachers, and staff provide health-related interventions, assessments, screenings, education, procedures, and referrals. We are health advocates for children by assisting families and communities to manage health problems and enable students to access to learning.
Serna Center Box 764
5735 47th Ave
Sacramento, CA 95824
The McKinney-Vento- Education for Homeless Children & Youths act provides protections for students who are unhoused/homeless, including enrollment rights (see below: Rights for Students Who Are Unhoused). The SCUSD Homeless Services Office supports the enrollment, attendance, and achievement of students who are experiencing homelessness to ensure they receive equal access to educational opportunities.
Definition of Students who are Unhoused / Homeless
SSHS operates Student Support Centers at schools throughout the district to provide support to students who are struggling socially, emotionally, behaviorally and/or academically. At each center, a coordinator works closely with school staff to identify students in need of assistance. Once identified, social workers, family advocates, interns, and community partners work directly with students and parents to address issues that are of concern to them, drawing on other resources for additional support.
The SCUSD Connect Center is a centralized Student Support Center that serves as a “gateway” to critical support services for students and families in our school district. It offers an innovative solution to addressing the health, wellness and educational needs of SCUSD’s children, youth and families. This central hub is designed to increase coordination of services by providing a single, easily identifiable point of access and assistance to address the social, emotional, and health needs of all students.
A variety of mental health services are available to students experiencing social or emotional difficulties. With specially trained staff and a wide array of community mental health providers, Student Support and Health Services staff provide services directly to students and families.
The Governing Board recognizes that responsibilities related to marriage, pregnancy, or parenting and related responsibilities may disrupt a student’s education and increase the chance of a student dropping out of school. The Board therefore desires to support married, pregnant, and parenting students to continue their education, attain strong academic and parenting skills, and promote the healthy development of their children.
The district shall not discriminate against, exclude, or deny any student from any educational program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, solely on the basis of the student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery. (6/2021 BP 5146)