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. In general, our social worker connects students and families with services they may benefit from. 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
- Grief and Loss Group: This is a group for any student who has lost a loved one to death. The group is facilitated by staff members from Rick’s House of Hope which is operated by Vera French Mental Health Center.
- Healthy Relationships 101: This is a group for any student who wants to learn more about what healthy relationships look like. It is a drop-in group that can be attended as little or as much as one likes. This group is facilitated by a staff member from Family Resources, Inc.
- Survivor Group: This is a group for any student who has been a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse or a violent crime. This group will either be facilitated by Rick’s House of Hope or Family Resources, Inc.
All of the above groups will meet during DC time one time weekly. A parent permission slip is required for the grief and loss group.
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 and Vera French Community Mental Health Center, both of whom can bill private insurance, Medicaid or access a grant for payment of services. 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.
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 in clean, gently used condition. There are winter coats, hats and gloves available every winter, along with casual and dress clothing on a regular basis. If a student is in need of a particular size or article of clothing that we do not have, referrals will be made to community agencies in an attempt to locate the necessary clothing.
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. There is also a small supply of personal hygiene products available. Families and/or students simply need to complete an Eligibility Form once a year for statistical record keeping; along with signing in each time they access the pantry. Pantry distribution occurs on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 2:00 to 4:15 PM and can be accessed by parking in the SW lower level parking lot off Harrison Street and entering the doors labeled 10W. Student(s) and/or families can access the pantry at other times by making arrangements with the school social worker. Listed below is the fall distribution schedule and there is a REMIND APP that students and families can sign up for that texts reminders on delivery dates. To receive this text reminder service, simply text @ah67d to (515) 346-6931.
DATES FOR 2019
FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 -4:15 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 -4:15 PM*****
FRIDAY, MARCH 22TH: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 -4:15 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 – 4:15 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 – 4:15 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 10TH: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 – 4:15 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 24TH: FAMILY DISTRIBUTION DAY: 2:00 – 4:15 PM
**** Limited inventory available on March 8th due to no River Bend delivery.
To access CENTRAL Station, park in the lower level parking lot located directly outside of the pool. Enter through doors labeled 10W which will be open on the above dates and times. If you have any questions or a need arises on a date other than listed above, please contact Judy Wurdinger at 563-723-5400 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.