Student Services strives to be responsive to the needs of students and reaches beyond our schools to form partnerships with community agencies, parents, the Department of Social Services, Juvenile Courts, law enforcement, and a variety of other community stakeholders to address issues that affect our student’s well-being. We have active partnerships that combat the effects of bullying and substance abuse while implementing programs to teach students how to solve conflict and resist negative peer and social influences. Student Services also collaborates with mental health agencies in our community to offer in-school therapy and day treatment services.
A major initiative to achieve positive outcomes for students involves planning and implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions in all Buncombe County Schools by 2015. We currently have 13 schools successfully implementing PBIS, with 6 additional schools planning for a Fall, 2012 launch. Student Services provides 3 staff trained in helping schools set positive expectations for students, plan instruction to teach behavioral expectations, and provide recognition for students who demonstrate appropriate behavior and character traits.