Optimal learning requires good health.
The Employee Wellness Program of Valparaiso Community Schools serves to improve and/or maintain the physical, mental, and social health of employees by providing a variety of quality wellness programs.
Employees are provided with information and experiences designed to promote an understanding of wellness and a commitment to its benefits. Seeking to provide positive role models for children, the wellness program establishes a school environment that reinforces healthy habits and safe work performances of employees.
The primary role of the professional school nurse may include, but not limited to, interpretation of medical records, assessment of students’ symptoms, trouble shooting medical devices, health appraisals, health education, active listening, case management, direct care, counseling, advocacy, and health screenings. The VCS nurse accomplishes this by implementing strategies that promote the health and safety for students and staff. The registered professional school nurse is the health care provider who has the knowledge, education, experience and authority to manage and provide the full range of these health services in the education system.
Our goal is to get the student to school, keep them in the classroom safe and ready to learn. School nurses provide the link between families, health care providers, school staff and community resources. The Parent is responsible for informing the school of medical care that is needed and for completing the medical care plans.
Your child’s nurse is not in the school building during all school hours. Contact the school office for the schedule for each school building.
School social workers are a part of the total educational team of a school. The social workers assist colleagues from other disciplines to provide the best possible learning environment for all students. The Valparaiso Community Schools’ Social Services Department focuses on early intervention, prevention, and education of children in dealing with today’s social concerns. Through the use of assessment, counseling, consultation, and coordination of services, social workers provide unique services for students, parents, staff, and the community. The staff offers a variety of programs and services for students and families, and empowers them with the skills to deal more successfully with life’s challenges.
The Student Assistance Program at Valparaiso High School works hand-in-hand with other Valparaiso resources, both public and private. Administration and staff recognize their responsibility to provide early identification and intervention for students who exhibit behaviors which interfere with their education. The program identifies, screens, refers, and assists students who may be experiencing problems. Confidentiality is a priority which is always maintained.