Student Services & Equity Education
Bright Futures helps students achieve success by matching student needs with resources through partnerships between the schools and the community utilizing social media. Through the Bright Futures’ framework, the Sioux City Community School District acts as a liaison between needy students and community organizations. The initiative is a part of the national Bright Futures USA. Founded in 2010 in Joplin, MO; Bright Futures USA has chapters throughout the country. Sioux City’s chapter is the first in Iowa.
In addition to meeting any child’s basic needs within 24 hours, our program also is building community leadership capacity to improve problem solving capabilities to address the greater challenges faced by today’s youth.
K-12 School Counseling Program
The School Counseling program serves students K-12. It is a sequential comprehensive program and based on standards in academic, career, and social/emotional development. The School Counseling program is an integral part of the District’s educational environment and supports students in academic and personal success.
There are a total of 27 school counselors in the District. There are six elementary counselors, which are shared among the 13 elementary buildings. Each middle school has three middle school counselors and each high school has four high school counselors. Each high school has one freshman school counselor, one graduation coach, and two school counselors serving grades 10-12.
School counselors at the elementary, middle school, and high school level offer classroom guidance, group, individual interventions and counseling, and responsive services. Topics address students’ academic, career, and social/emotional development at an age and grade appropriate level.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth within the District, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their education which may exist in District policies or practices, and ensure the privacy of student records, as provided by applicable law, including information about a homeless child or youth’s living situation. The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is the Homeless Education Liaison, Jen Gomez.
In collaboration with school personnel and community organizations, the local liaison will identify homeless children and youth in the district, both in and out of school. The local liaison will train school personnel on possible indicators of homelessness, sensitivity in identifying homeless families and youth, and procedures for forwarding information indicating homelessness to the local liaison. The local liaison will keep data on the number of homeless children and youth in the district; where they are living; their academic achievement (including performance on state and district wide assessments); and the reasons for any enrollment delays, interruptions in their education, or school transfers.
Title VI Indian Education Program
The Title VI Indian Education Program is an academic program designed to address the culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students who attend the Sioux City Community School District. Program objectives are to (1) increase the school attendance rate, (2) increase the graduation rate, and (3) increase academic achievement.
The Title VI Indian Education program provides direct support to the District’s American Indian and Alaska Native students, representing 28 federally recognized tribes. In order to qualify for the Title VI Indian Education Program, parents must complete a “506” form, which requests information about their child’s tribal affiliation. A student must be a descendent in the first or second degree of an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.
The Johnson O’Malley (JOM) Program is a supplemental education grant for Native American students enrolled in the Sioux City Schools. Students who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or at least ¼ degree Indian and are enrolled in preschool through 12th grade are eligible for these funds. In addition, parents must provide documentation of tribal enrollment or a Certificate of Indian Blood and complete a Johnson O’Malley form.
The District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying, harassing, hazing, and discriminatory behavior violates both state and District policy as it can seriously disrupt the ability of students to learn and succeed and the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment.
It is the policy, 103 and 504.4, of the District that school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in bullying, harassing, hazing, or discriminatory behavior in school, on school property, or at any school function or school sponsored activity regardless of its location. Further, school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against a victim, witness, or an individual who has reliable information about such behavior.
Discrimination/Bullying/Harassment/Hazing Complaint Form 504.4-E and 103-E.
Educational Equity Committee (EEC)
The EEC is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for students and staff to access educational programs and employment, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, religion, national origin or disability. The EEC will support and advise the district on the coordination and development of policies, programs, resources, and methods, which would increase maximum achievement for all students in a multi-cultural, gender fair environment.