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Board Briefs – March 12, 2019

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12 (the full agenda packet can be found here).

Board hears update on Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Staff provided the board with an update on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). MTSS is a layered continuum of practices and supports which responds to the academic, emotional, social and behavioral needs of each student. There are currently 492 full-time academic support staff and 242 social-emotional and behavioral support staff in San Juan Unified.

The main focus for the 2018-19 school year was the expansion of support centers, as a third center was added at Arlington Heights. Additionally, the Social, Academic and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) is being piloted in 21 schools. The MTSS team also initiated a pilot to help improve progress monitoring of students. Through January 2019, 2,884 students received support through MTSS.

Carriage Drive Elementary School staff also presented a case study of how MTSS functions at the school level.

Partnerships with Vision to Learn and the Center for Oral Health expanded this year. 5,406 students went through vision screening, with 552 of those students receiving prescription eyeglasses free of charge. In addition, 1,838 students received dental screening, with 500 of those students being identified as needing dental care.

Next steps include more outreach to schools to help identify at-risk students, continuing to refine the referral and tracking systems, as well as continuing to move towards the use of districtwide monitoring tools. The full presentation is available.

In other news…

  • The board adopted a resolution recognizing the month of March as Arts Education Month.
  • The board approved the 2018-2019 Second Interim Report for San Juan Unified.

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here.