What is “Student Services” in the DeForest Area School District?
The student services disciplines of school counseling, school nursing and school psychology are essential to the success of children in the DeForest Area School District. Professionals trained in these disciplines provide a bridge between learning and mental, physical, emotional, and social health factors that determine educational achievement and life success. These student services providers use a variety of strategies to help meet our student's needs that include providing direct service to students, staff members, families, and acting as liaisons between classroom teachers, families, community agencies, and neighborhoods.
The DASD provides educational services for students ages three to twenty-one identified as having a need for special education. Individualized programs for children with disabilities are offered to meet their educational needs. About 340, or 9.4%, of DASD students receive special education services.
Our curriculum is based on the Wisconsin School Counseling Standards. School counselors provide all students with preventative and responsive services and activities delivered through various program components including classroom counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and system support.
Staff members work with students and their families to assess problems and plan appropriate direction for young people experiencing severe academic or social difficulties. School psychologists work with school personnel, families, and community resources in providing assistance.
The district school social worker help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning and work with families to connect them with both internal and external supports.
The school nurses serve families by collaborating with other school professionals, parents, and caregivers to meet the health, developmental and educational needs of children.