The wellness center staff works with teachers, school staff, families & community agencies.
Social worker, Alli, checking in with a student at Harvest Middle School, 2016.
Founded in 2015, the NVUSD has 2 Wellness Centers at American Canyon and Harvest Middle Schools. There are Wellness Programs at Redwood and Silverado Middle Schools with goals to establish centers at both campuses.
American Canyon Middle School
50 students are seen per day. 77 students receive ongoing services.
Redwood Middle School
64 students receive ongoing services.
Harvest Middle School
60 students are seen per day. 175 students receive ongoing services.
Silverado Middle School
86 students receive ongoing services.
The NVUSD Wellness Center Initiative is a program focused on the health, well-being and academic success of Napa's middle school school students at 4 campuses: American Canyon, Harvest, Redwood, and Silverado Middle Schools. Each school site has a Wellness Team comprised of school counselors, school social worker, school psychologist, school nurse & health aid, parent liaison who help students and their families navigate the complex issues in middle school such as stress, trauma, suicide, bullying, depression, self-esteem, and relationships.
The Wellness Center Initiative is made possible through a federal Elementary and Secondary Counseling Grant and LCAP Supplemental funding from the state. The RtI4 Middle School Counseling Grant is a 3 year grant (2015 - 2018) which will provide increase mental health services to students at our four comprehensive middle schools: American Canyon, Harvest, Redwood, and Silverado.
The grant provides $400,000 each year to hire a half-time social worker at each school and a part-time social worker "Wellness Center Coach," who will work with the most at-risk students at all four schools, as well as a part-time director. The staff will focus on school climate and culture, truancy, students’ mental health, and teaching social and emotional skills. The grant also provides the four middle schools with teacher training and support through a Restorative Practices Coordinator from SEEDS Community Resolution Center (link here).
Collaborative partnerships are formed with Napa County Health and Human Services, Napa County Office of Education, Aldea, Cope, Puertas Abiertas, and other community based organizations. By leveraging the resources of each agency, student health will be addressed with a countywide perspective.
School psychologist, Dr. Perry, leading a healing circle at American Canyon MS, 2016.