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Wendy Dorrance, School Nurse/Health Professional Services

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Wendy Dorrance-RN, BSN

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School Phone: 720-595-1022
wrstarke@jeffco.k12.co.us

BIO:
I started my nursing career in 2005. I have been with Jefferson County School District for 4 years. Prior to school nursing my passion was adult critical care. Presently, I am getting my Masters Degree in Public Health and hope to bring everything I learn back to our school district! I am a mom of three with two dogs and a great husband! My hobbies presently include nothing but my own school work! 

Health Services Website Link:

http://jeffcopublicschools.org/services/health_services

Mission Statement:

In order to support Jeffco schools 20/20 vision, Jefferson County School Health Services will collaborate with school teams, community resources and families to empower students to reach their optimal learning potential by addressing and modifying health related barriers to learning. A safe, inclusive, supportive environment will be fostered for all students through the practice of professional school nursing.


School Health Professional Grant (SHPG)
1. Social Emotional Learning

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Our Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS) provides direct case management services to any student who has been suspended for substance use or who is suspected of substance use and referred by school personnel, parent/guardian, or self-referral. The SEL offers screening and guidance for the student and their family to help navigate resources and services that may be available. The SEL will act as a liaison between the schools, the family and other involved agencies to help the student be successful. This program was devised by Jeffco Schools, Student Engagement office and is being implemented in our school by the SEL.

WHAT IS CASE MANAGEMENT?

Our SEL partners with student and family in accessing substance abuse treatment options and other related resources and services that will help the student thrive academically and socially. The SEL will also help navigate funding for initial screenings, education classes, and higher levels of treatment for eligible students.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE SERVICES?

Students who have committed a violation of Jeffco Schools drug or alcohol policy conduct code. Students who have indicated that they are using drugs and alcohol and would like support. Students can also be referred by school staff, family members and other professionals.   

HOW TO GET CONNECTED: 

Parents/guardians of students who are suspended for a drug or alcohol related violations will be contacted by the SEL to schedule an initial meeting or school staff, parent/guardian or students may contact the SEL directly. 

HOW ARE THESE SERVICES FUNDED?

Funding for case management is free and provided through Jeffco’s School Health Professionals Grant. Eligible students accessing marijuana related services and treatment may be funded through Colorado Senate Bill 215. Insurance funding may be accessed for eligible students. Funding is determined on a case by case basis. 

Our SEL  WILL...

  • Connect with the family of a recently suspended/expelled/referred student.
  • Assess the student for risk factors and any indication of substance abuse.
  • Connect the family to education or treatment options.
  • Remain in contact with the family for a minimum of 3 months to ensure success.
  • Collaborate with appropriate school staff in supporting the student and family.
  • Meet with the student, or at times facilitate a school support person to meet with the student, to support  academic performance, peer relationships, refusal skills, pro-social opportunities, etc. 
  • Foster positive connections to healthy adults and activities.

 




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