Student Services provides support for students in the areas of school attendance, discipline, physical and emotional health, and guidance and counseling services. The department participates in both the La Mesa Collaborative, and the Spring Valley Youth and Family Coalition serving students and families by promoting a healthier, proactive community to build resilient families and children. This Department oversees the La Mesa-Spring Valley Healthy Start program linking families to services from a variety of community-based social service agencies.
Assistant Superintendent, Student Support
(619) 668-5700 (x6202)
Program Manager, Student Support
Administrative Assistant I
(619) 668-5700 (x6429)
Open Enrollment/School Transfers
See our Enrollment page for enrollment, interdistrict, and intradistrict transfer information.
School attendance is necessary for our students to achieve at high levels. Education code mandates compulsory school attendance between the ages of 6 and 18. Students are considered truant when they have missed more than 30 minutes of instruction without a valid excuse three times during the course of a school year. Education Code identifies which reasons a student shall be excused from school:
- due to his or her illness,
- due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer,
- for the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic services rendered,
- for the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside of California,
- for justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal,
- attendance at an education conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization.
The School District provides support through the School Attendance Review Team which meets weekly with students and their parents with school attendance problems. The purpose of these meetings are to develop plans to improve the attendance of the student and reduce the number of referrals to the East County School attendance Review Board and the Juvenile Justice System.
Home/Hospital Teaching Program
Throughout the school year many children in our school district will be hospitalized or have an extended illness. To assist this special group of students, the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has a Home/Hospital Teaching Program. To qualify the student must be registered at a school within our district boundaries and anticipate an absence of ten days or longer. A physician’s request form is required.
When you become aware that your child’s health status may necessitate an extended school absence, please notify the school secretary or school nurse. If you have additional questions call (619) 668-5700 ext. 6208.
Health Services & Forms
Four Registered Nurses with School Health Credentials are employed with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. They each cover multiple schools and programs. The District Nurse strives to strengthen the educational process through improvement of the health status with their knowledge of children and youth. The Health Services Programs are coordinated by Jody BonDurant-Strong, Director of Student Support.
Health Screenings School
Nurses will perform health screenings (vision, hearing and scoliosis) at certain grade levels during the year. Parents may file a written statement annually denying consent with the principal of the child’s school.
When Your Child Is Sick At School
When there is good reason to believe that your child is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, your child will be sent home until symptom-free or cleared to return by a medical provider. Children will not be transported by school bus. (Ed. Code 49403) When Should Your Child Return To School Following An Illness? The following guidelines should be followed to protect your child and other children from communicable disease:
- Children should remain home until free from a fever 100.5° or above for at least 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).
- Children who have diarrhea or vomit at home, or are sent home from school because of this, should stay home until free from symptoms for 24 hours.
- Children should not come to school with an undiagnosed rash.
The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. The district prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital or parental status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Complaints alleging unlawful discrimination may be filed using the district’s Uniform Complaint Procedures. (BP 0410 BP 1312.3)
California Healthy Kids Survey
Every school district in California is required to conduct the California Healthy Kids Survey. The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District will have all 7th graders take the survey in Spring 2019. This survey will provide local schools and communities with data to identify the needs of youth and guide the development of more effective health, preventive, and youth development programs.
You may examine the questionnaire and obtain more detailed information on the survey at http://chks.wested.org.
Student Early Release
La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools will be instituting new procedures, effective August 2017. These procedures were developed to ensure the safety of all of our students in the event of a parent request that their child be picked up by an adult other than themselves. If anyone other than the student’s custodial parent is picking up a student prior to the end of the school day, BOTH of the following conditions must be met:
- The person picking up the student must be listed as an emergency contact in our student database.
- The custodial parent must deliver a signed, dated letter notifying the office as to which emergency contact will be picking up the student and the date and time of that pick-up.
Valid ID must be provided to office personnel prior to student release.
Custodial parents may add individuals to their child’s emergency contact list by visiting the office or contacting the school’s Office Manager or Principal for steps needed to add an individual.
In case of an urgent (emergency) situation only, there are options that can be utilized.
The parent must contact the office by phone to relay the situation and then use one of the following options to provide the school with written notification:
- fax written notification of the need for an emergency early release pick-up; the fax must include a handwritten and signed note from the parent informing the school of who will be picking up the student.
- parent may send a picture of a written request for pick-up/early release to the office by e-mail attachment
- Students will be released to an authorized law enforcement officer or social services agency professional acting in accordance with the law; or at the direction of the principal to receive emergency medical care.
Home Independent Study
The La Mesa-Spring Valley Home Independent Study Program is designed to meet the needs of students and families wanting to participate more fully in the education of their children. This program provides parents wishing to educate their children in their home that option. The District employs two full- time credentialed teachers at the TRUST Blended Learning campus to support students and their parents to provide a high quality educational experience. These teachers hold enrichment and intervention opportunities for students, plan community meetings to enhance the student’s learning, and provide supports to parents as needed to implement the adopted curriculum and all the component parts. We believe parents are the key where education begins and continues in the home.
9009 Park Plaza Drive, Rooms B1-B4
La Mesa, CA 91942
Allison Ray-Tingson & Bernadette Filippone
Homelessness and Your Child’s Education
It is unacceptable for one child in the United States to be homeless for even one day. The reality, however, is that there are approximately 1,969 family members enrolled in San Diego shelters as a family unit. For every homeless family living in a shelter, experts estimate that there are two to three families who are on the verge of homelessness due to unstable living conditions and who need similar support services as homeless families in order to sustain permanent housing. Families who are living in the temporary accommodations of family or friends may be qualified under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to receive services for their student. There are federal laws in place to ensure that students can continue their education at their school should there be a loss of housing for the family. The District has a liaison for homeless children who ensures the dissemination of public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations.
The District may issue a permit authorizing employment while school is in session to a minor student age 14-17 pursuant to Education Code 51760-51769.5. Permits may also be issued to any minor age 12-17 to be employed during a regular school holiday or during a regular or specified occasional public school vacation.
If a minor has obtained an offer of employment in the entertainment industry, the work permit shall be requested from the California Department of Labor Relations. A pupil holding a permit to work in the entertainment or allied industries shall be excused from school for a period not to exceed five consecutive days during the time the student is working and not to exceed five absences per school year.
Uniform Complaint Procedures
What is a Uniform Complaints Procedures (UCP) complaint?
For students, employees, parents or guardians of its students, school and district advisory committees, appropriate private school officials or representatives, and other interested parties, the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations and has established procedures to address allegations of unlawful discrimination and complaints alleging violation of state and federal laws governing educational programs.
A Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) complaint is a written statement alleging discrimination, harassment, or a violation of a federal or state law or regulation. A UCP compliant must be filed by way of the Uniform Complaint Procedures as written in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600-4687. Issues that may involve filing a complaint using the UCP are under various state and federal programs that use categorical funds such as Child Care and Development Programs, Child Nutrition Programs, Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs, Federal Safety Planning Requirements, Migrant Education, and Special Education Programs. The UCP process will also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees and other charges for participating in educational activities. Detailed information, including complaint forms, timelines, and the appeal process, can be found below.
A Williams Complaint, another type of UCP complaint, regards instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils, and teacher vacancy or misassignment, and may be filed anonymously. The District has a complaint form available for these types of complaints, but will not reject a complaint if the form is not used as long as the complaint is submitted in writing. Detailed information, including the complaint form, can be found below. All complaints must be filed in writing with the District compliance officer:
Jennifer Coronel, Program Manager, Student Support
4750 Date Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942
Williams Settlement Complaint Procedures
What is the Williams Settlement?
Education Code 35186 created a procedure for the filing of complaints concerning deficiencies related to instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean or safe manner or in good repair, and teacher vacancy or misassignment. The complaint and its response are public documents as provided by statute. Complaints may be filed anonymously; however, if a response is requested, contact information shall be provided. Williams complaint forms are available, but the District will not reject a complaint if the form is not used as long as the complaint is submitted in writing.
The following links provide a copy of the notice that can be found in every classroom, and the forms used to file a complaint related to the Williams Settlement: