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Student Support Services

The Department of Student Support Services oversees Guidance, Psychology, Social Work, and Parent Facilitators. Programs and services described in the website have one common goal: to provide a continuum of developmental, preventative, remedial, and supportive services that enhance opportunities for all students to achieve academic success and personal well-being. Students are encouraged to visit with the staff of each department to learn how they can receive appropriate help.

 

 

About Student Support Services

 

The School Nurse's Office is located to the left of the main entrance to Stamford High School. The two School Nurses are available during school hours to assist students who are sick, provide first aid and emergency care, and assist with non-emergency health services. They also make referrals to the School-Based Health Center. Only the School Nurse can release a student from school for medical reasons, with approval from a parent or guardian.

School psychologists are available to facilitate learning and to promote the cognitive, social, and emotional development of all students. Each school has an assigned school psychologist whose main activity is to enhance the academic achievement of students. This objective is facilitated through the assessment of student needs, implementation of school-wide programming at the primary prevention level, development of positive individual student outcomes, administration of diagnostic evaluations, progress monitoring of student performance, and the offering of therapeutic counseling and crisis counseling supports. School psychologists also offer consultative resources to parents, faculty, and administration in an effort to further promote student learning and social development. The Psychology Department strives to assist in the harboring of a positive school climate that fosters academic and social competence for all learners.

School social workers are available to all students needing individual or group counseling in order to alleviate personal crises and problems of adjustment within the school, the home, or the community. The confidential nature of these communications is understood and respected by each of the social workers and the school community. School social workers are available to parents, faculty, and administration to facilitate and support appropriate educational plans and services for students. Likewise, school social workers maintain close collaborative ties to community providers and serve to connect families to appropriate communal supports available. School social workers who speak a variety of languages are available to each school to meet the needs of all students and families. The department's goal is to enhance student functioning so as to enable the student to take full advantage of his/her educational resources.

The School-Based Health Center is located across from Room 118 on the first floor of the main building. The Center is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, a Social Worker and an Office Support specialist. Preventive care services, physical exams, immunizations and mental health services (short-term individual and group counseling) are available during the school day or by appointment to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Dental services are available at the Westhill High School Health Center. A student can be seen only if a signed parental permission slip is on file. All students receive a permission form in the mail over the summer, but additional copies are available at the Health Center. Students are encouraged to assume increased responsibility for their own health maintenance throughout their time at Stamford High School. Parents need not be present during appointments. Call (203) 977-5511/5512 for more information about Health Center services .

Each high school has a staff of school counselors to assist students in selecting options related to educational needs, career planning, and matters of personal and social concern. Upon admission to the high school program, all students are assigned a school counselor. Throughout their high school years, students meet with their counselors to obtain information on matters that will require decisions to be made and action to be taken. Counselors assist students in selecting courses that will meet their educational objectives. Counselors encourage students to take advantage of computer programs for college and occupational information and to participate in the regularly scheduled visits of college and career representatives. From the Guidance Office information of general interest to students is widely circulated within the school. Counselors conduct evening programs for parents on topics of special interest relating to financial aid, college admissions, and career orientations. Parents may make appointments to see teachers through the counselor. Students may see their counselor at any time by appointment. For more information refer to Guidance tab.

The Security Office has a full staff of security guards plus two School Resource Officers (SRO), who are members of the Stamford Police Department. Security personnel are visible throughout the building during the school day, with one or two per floor, to monitor entrances, hallways, restrooms and other locations. The SRO is the Law Enforcement Officer in the building and works with staff, faculty and students to ensure the safety of all. Security personnel also are on duty after school hours and during games, team practice sessions and school events. Several serve as coaches of SHS sports teams or drive teams on school buses to their games off campus. Students can seek help and support from security staff.

Parent facilitators provide parents and caregivers of Stamford Public School children with information and support in accessing available resources in the schools. They promote respect for parents and caregivers as partners in education. Facilitators help parents access information about the policies and procedures of the Stamford Public Schools, assist them with issues and concerns they have, and aid them in understanding the protocol when addressing those issues to effectively voice their concerns. Parent facilitators work with the school community to promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.

 

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Adolescent Family Support

Stamford High School Support Services Staff

You may speak with a Guidance Counselor, School Social Worker or Psychologist if you have concerns about your teen’s behavior or would like more information about the following supports:

Stamford High School Social Workers

Sara Steckis, LCSW 
(203) 977-4614

Megan Holtz, LCSW
(203) 977-6157

Christine Viala, LCSW
(203) 977-5439

Stamford High School Support Services Staff

You may speak with a Guidance Counselor, School Social Worker or Psychologist if you have concerns about your teen’s behavior or would like more information about the following supports:

Stamford High School Social Workers

Sara Steckis, LCSW 
(203) 977-4614

Megan Holtz, LCSW
(203) 977-6157

Christine Viala, LCSW
(203) 977-5439

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Stamford High School Psychologists

Barbara Boller, Ed. D.
(203) 977-4259

Rachel Bria, Ed. D
(203) 977-5045

Stamford High School School-Based Health Center

Emily Segal, LCSW
(203) 977-5489

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Outside Support Services

There are also many outside resources to assist you in the community:
(Clinic fees based upon insurance or a sliding scale.)

Support LogosCatholic Charities (English/Spanish)
30 Myano Lane, Suite 12
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 750-9711 (Intake)

Child Guidance Clinic (English/Spanish )
103 West Broad Street
Stamford, CT
(203) 324-6127

Jewish Family Services
733 Summer Street, 6th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 921-4161

The Family Centers, Inc. & Centers for HOPE (English/Spanish)
60 Palmer's Hill Rd
Stamford, CT
Intake: (203) 629-2822
(203) 324-3167

40 Arch Street
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869-4848

590 Boston Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
(203) 655-4693

Teen Hotline: Dial 211
Everything from general information about adolescence for teens/adults to immediate contact with a professional for a teen/family in crisis.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling & Treatment Youth Options
(LMG Programs, Inc.)
159 Colonial Rd.
Stamford, CT
(203) 325-1511 / (203) 356-1980

The Rowan Center
1111 Summer Street (Suite 202)
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 348-9346

Domestic Violence Crisis Center
777 Summer Street (Suite 400)
Stamford, CT 06901-1022
(203) 588-9100

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Juvenile Court Services

For additional support, Juvenile Court is also available to assist families. They have access to some family supports that other agencies do not. You may choose to file one of the two petitions listed below for additional support.

Juvenile JusticeSuperior Court for Juvenile Matters
123 Hoyt Street, 5th Floor
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 965-5705

Family with Service Needs (FWSN)
Petition: Up to age 17

Youth in Crisis Complaint
Petition: 17 year olds

Blank forms can be obtained at Court, from the school or online at the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch website.

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School Based Health Center

Student Based Health Centers

StethoscopeCLICK HERE for the Main School-Based Health Center Website

Your School Based Health Center (SBHC) is one of more than 65 similar facilities across Connecticut. All are free-standing medical centers located on school grounds.

We are licensed by the Department of Public Health, and provide on-site confidential physical and mental health services to students.

SBHCs are staffed by licensed nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, medical assistants and dental staff that specialize in child/adolescent health. The Centers operate under the guidance of a medical director.

The Stamford High School-Based Health Center is located across from Room 118 on the first floor of the main building.


Common Goals

CouncilSBHCs treat each child in a thorough, confidential manner while respecting age, cultural values and family situations.

It is our mission to help students learn about practices that promote their health and well-being. Each center emphasizes early identification and intervention to prevent serious physical and mental health concerns.

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Dental Exam

Dental Clinic

Located at Westhill High School, the School Based Health Centers' dental clinic is staffed by a Board Certified dentist and is open to all students attending Stamford Public Schools.

Appointments are necessary.

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About Family Centers

Family Centers' mission is to empower children, adults, families and communities to realize their potential.

We are a leading  human service organization caring for children and families in Fairfield and Westchester counties. More than 1,000 professionals and trained volunteers provide a wide range of programs which offer creative solutions to complex human problems.

We are affiliated with the United Way and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. We are licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Health Services.

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Primary Services

Stamford's SBHCs are programs of Family Centers and are licensed by the State of Connecticut to provide specific services, including:

  • Treatment of acute injuries and illnesses (colds, ear infections, & skin problems)
  • Assistance with chronic diseases
  • Routine check-ups
  • Physical examinations
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription & dispensing of medications
  • Dental care
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnosis & treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Nutrition Counseling & weight management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Individual, family & group counseling
  • Referral & follow-up specialty care

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Health Center Locations

Stamford High School
55 Strawberry Hill Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 977-5511

Westhill High School
125 Roxbury Road
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 977-4937

Rippowam Middle School / AITE High School
381 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 977-5801

Dolan Middle School / Toquam Elementary
51 Toms Road
Stamford, CT 06906
(203) 977-4698

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