Social Work Services
Central High School employs a full-time social worker to serve as an additional resource for all students and families. The CHS social worker oversees our school-based mental health
therapy program, CENTRAL station (on-site food pantry), manages an on-site clothing closet, coordinates counseling groups run by outside agencies and provides daily social-emotional support to students. The social worker works with students and families to identify their needs and then connects them with services that will benefit them. The social worker is also the designated homeless liaison and works with students and families that are experiencing homelessness. Any of the above mentioned services can be accessed via the school social worker, whose contact information is located above. The social worker’s office is located within the Counseling and Student Support Services office.
EDUCATION AND COUNSELING GROUPS
DCSD has partnered with Family Resources, Inc. to provide several small learning and support groups for students. Due to COVID-19, all of these groups are being held virtually at this time and occur every Wednesday. For hybrid students who are in attendance on Wednesday that want to attend a group, arrangements can be made at school for this to occur. Students should email CHS school social worker, email@example.com who will secure a meeting space for them. All of the groups are being held via Google Meets and the Google Links for these groups are listed in each CHS Grade Level Google Classroom and can also be obtained by emailing or seeing your school counselor or school social worker, Judy Wurdinger.
- HS SAFE SPACE Group: This group provides a safe, supportive space for drop-in facilitated discussions that provides information and support to students. All students are welcome to join and can attend as many as they find helpful.
- HS Survivor Group: This group provides a safe, supportive space for any student who identifies as a survivor of any violent crime.
- HS Anxiety/Depression Coping Skills Group This group provides a safe, supportive space for any student who is wanting to build their coping skills to help manage their feelings and emotions.
- HS Grief/Loss/Trauma Group: This group provides a safe, supportive space for any student struggling with grief, loss, and/or trauma
SCHOOL-BASED THERAPY SERVICES
Central High School provides our students and families with on-site therapy services during the school day. These therapy services are provided by Wellness Therapy and Consulting Services which bills students insurance for payment. A private office is located within the Counseling and Student Services Office (CSSC) and appointment times are made in an effort to minimize absences from core academic classes. There is a set of referral paperwork that needs to be completed by a parent or guardian of any student over the age of 18 for this service to occur. Students who are 100% online can be seen virtually via Google Meets.
CLOTHING CLOSET/PERSONAL CARE PACKAGES
CHS maintains a small, on-site clothing closet that can be accessed by students in need of clothing. All of the clothing is donated by staff and community members and is in clean, gently used condition. There are winter coats, hats and gloves available every winter, along with casual and dress clothing. If a student is in need of a particular size or article of clothing that we do not have, referrals are made to community agencies for the necessary clothing. CHS also has personal care packages that contain various hygiene items that students can receive by asking their school counselor or social worker.
Central Station is an on-site food pantry that can be accessed by any student or family at CHS that qualifies for free and/or reduced lunch or food stamp benefits. All of the food provided in Central Station comes from the River Bend Food bank. Due to COVID-19 and DCSD site restrictions, CENTRAL Station is currently closed. However, we have partnered with Madison Market through St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to provide twice monthly food distribution to families in need. If you are interested in accessing this service, please email or call Judy Wurdinger at the contact information listed at the top of the page