Health, Wellness & Safety
Providing healthcare services for your family is a necessary, yet expensive proposition. As a district, we have partnered with local agencies to provide you with resources that will ensure your children remain healthy.
- Adolescent Diabetes
- Head Lice
- Immunizations and Vaccines
- Voluntary Student Accident and Sickness Insurance
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults and is becoming a more frequent occurrence in children, especially overweight teens. Type 2 diabetes affects the way the body is able to use sugar (glucose) for energy. Children are at greater risk of developing this disease when they:
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Are inactive
- Go through puberty
- Belong to specific minority groups
If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he or she will be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day. The parent or guardian will be given information about head lice and encouraged to begin treatment immediately and to check all members of the family. The student will be checked for active head lice by the nurse or health clerk the following day. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse or designee will contact the student’s parent or guardian to discuss further treatment. As needed, the parent or guardian may provide additional resources and or a referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.
West Covina complies with California immunization laws. We require that students be current on immunizations to attend school. We also suggest family members consider receiving yearly vaccines to help their children stay healthy during the school year. For more information, visit enrollment page to learn more about immunizations.
Voluntary participation plans are a low-cost way for parents to provide protection for their children. They can be used on a standalone basis for those with no other health coverage or as “gap coverage” to assist with the high deductibles, high co-pays and other inside limits common to many of today’s health plans. View the California Voluntary Student Accident and Sickness Plans.
We are committed to promoting the mental, emotional, and social development of our students so that they may develop the knowledge and skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, handle challenging situations constructively, resolve conflicts respectfully, manage stress, and make ethical and safe choices.
The West Covina Unified School District has partnered with Care Solace to provide families with mental health and substance abuse resources. Parents, we encourage you to use the Care Solace search tool to find clinics and facilities near you. Staff, please sign in to create referrals.
- Substance Abuse
- Suicide Prevention
- Comprehensive Counseling Program (CCP)
- Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS)
Substance abuse continues to be a widespread problem among school-aged students. Unfortunately, now it is often a coping mechanism instead of a simple response to peer pressure. Children are experimenting with drugs and alcohol at younger ages as they struggle to deal with familial problems, self-image issues, and other pressures.
Use the Care Solace search tool to find clinics and facilities near you.
We encourage students to notify a teacher, counselor, administrator or other staff member when they are experiencing thoughts of personal harm, injury or suicide or when they suspect or have knowledge of another student's intentions to do so. Every statement regarding such intent will be taken seriously.
Use the Care Solace search tool to find clinics and facilities near you.
Information regarding our policies, procedures, and resources:
In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or the following support services:
- California Youth Crisis Line 1 (800) 843-5200
- Trevor Project Lifeline 1 (866) 488-7386
Comprehensive Counseling Program (CCP)
It is the mission of the WCUSD’s Comprehensive Counseling Program to provide mental health services aimed at realizing your child’s full potential. The CCP is dedicated to promoting a student’s social emotional well-being in order to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The West Covina Unified School District’s Comprehensive Counseling Program helps students realize their full potential. The CCP is designed to provide school-based social-emotional support for students in General Education.
The CCP provides therapeutic support in areas such as mood/affect, behavior challenges and social skills that are negatively impacting educational performance. Services promote resiliency and student wellness. Students may attain increased self-esteem, mood regulation, and enhanced relationships with peers, teachers and staff. Therapy sessions take place at the school and sessions are individual or group.
The CCP service providers are graduate level or post-graduate level interns under the direction of district licensed clinical supervisors. The CCP interns are affiliated with therapeutic disciplines including Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling.
The CCP aims at helping students, providing therapeutic services and offering parent supports. The Comprehensive Counseling Program assists in the academic success of WCUSD students by providing emotional and psychological well-being.
Referrals for CCP can be submitted by site-designated school staff (e.g. teachers, school counselors, assistant principals and school principals).
Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS)
Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) are mental health services that are provided to students receiving special education services. These services are provided when students have significant socio-emotional or socio-behavioral needs that impede their ability to benefit from special education services. This may be shown as lack of progress on goals/objectives, declining grades, absences, suspensions, etc. Referral is appropriate when these concerns are determined to be associated with a condition that cannot be described solely as a temporary adjustment problem that can be resolved with less than three months of school counseling.
ERMHS may be provided in the form of school based individual counseling, group counseling and parent counseling. ERMHS, once referred and approved, will be documented in the IEP.
ERMHS counseling may be provided by a WCUSD Clinical School Psychologist or a WCUSD Mental Health Therapist who is a registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and under the supervision of a licensed mental health therapist.
Bullying and Internet Safety
The West Covina Unified School District believes that every student is entitled to a safe school environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying. WCUSD’s Anti-Bullying Policy can be accessed in each school’s office and in the WCUSD Parent/Student Handbook, which indicates the WCUSD Anti-Bullying Policy (English) / (Spanish).
Bullying is one of the most serious and pervasive problems facing our schools. Bullying happens when a vulnerable person is repeatedly hurt, threatened, or tormented by another. Bullying can happen face-to-face, but it often occurs online where the bully feels untouchable. Victims of bullying often experience low self-esteem, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
Any student who feels he/she is a victim of bullying/cyberbullying or harassment should immediately contact a teacher, counselor, site administrator or other school site employee. All complaints regarding bullying/harassment shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties involved while not impeding the investigation. The official Complaint Form (English) or Formulario para Denunciar el Acoso Escolar y Hostigamiento should be filed.
We are dedicated to creating a safe space for learning at all WCUSD schools. Each school has developed a comprehensive Safety Plan which contains emergency procedures. The Safety Plans are updated on an annual basis and can be accessed in each school’s front office.