School Resources for Learning

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Support Standard

School Resources for Learning

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Executive Summary

Bristol Central High School has timely, coordinated, and directive intervention strategies for all students; provides sufficient counseling, health, and information services personnel; fully informs families, especially those most in need, about available student support services; provides a comprehensive range of counseling services to students; provides a full range of comprehensive health services to students; provides a wide range of materials, technologies, and other information services in support of the school's curriculum. As well, personnel and leadership is adequate in school counseling, health/nursing services, library/media services, and special education programs.

Bristol Central High School has worked to provide services for students with varying needs that support each student’s achievement of the school’s 21st century learning expectations. Programs support a wide range of needs including those of a preventative nature as well as diagnostic. Additional services such as student support from guidance can be accessed as needed.

Information is provided to families in support of students individual needs and is communicated from within each program by staff. Strategies are developed to promote successful academic experiences within each of the programs. Families can access student information electronically as well as onsite. Staff plans and provides instruction through use of technology in the building and also uses technology to track student progress. Technology is available to students for independent work.

Health personnel provide preventative health services and direct intervention services, use an appropriate referral process, and conduct ongoing student health assessments.

Counselors deliver a written, developmental program; meet regularly with students to provide personal, academic, career, and college counseling; engage in individual and group meetings with all students; and deliver collaborative outreach and referral to community and mental health agencies and social service providers.

The library/media services at Bristol Central High School provide services integral to student learning in accordance with the school’s 21st century learning expectations. The Library Media Center (LMC) provides a wide variety of print and non-print materials, computers Chromebooks, subscription databases services, and other resources that support the school’s curriculum. LMC services are frequently integrated into the curriculum, and the LMC specialist is an active resource in any class that requests his services. The LMC specialist also actively supports student independent learning.

Bristol Central High School has worked to provide services for students that may be struggling with academic or behavioral concerns within the school environment. In addition, support services are provided for students identified as English Language Learners, and the school provides information to families, especially to those in need, about available student support services.

Therefore, the School Resources for Learning committee agrees that Bristol Central High School meets this Standard at the ACCEPTABLE level.

STRENGTHS:

  • The variety of program options for students identified with special needs
  • In conjunction with the Bristol School district, Bristol Central’s definite commitment to the acquisition of new technology for both teachers and students; significant progress achieved with the addition of SMART Boards and Chromebooks
  • The inclusion of special education teachers on the freshman teams to provide the collaborative support in order to achieve the school's 21st century learning expectations
  • An efficiently run nurse’s office that fully supports students within the scope of practice and guidelines by the health department
  • The team approach supporting the ELL program which has produced positive results such as ELL students being integrated into the school culture and extracurricular activities as well as the majority of students earning their diplomas
  • The school counseling department’s modified curriculum and delivery of services to meet the needs of our school’s changing demographics
  • Administrative support of school resources for learning
  • The school counseling department’s effective collaboration with all stakeholders
  • Library/media personnel who are responsive to students needs and support independent learning
  • A variety of library/media resources that support the school’s curriculum

NEEDS:

  • Develop and implement a process of ongoing assessment to improve student services
  • Implement SRBI and PBIS programs on a consistent basis. To support this need, training needs to be provided and programs need to be streamlined into the existing culture.
  • Develop a plan to increase the effectiveness of the Advisory Program
  • Implement extended hours coverage in the library within the first two weeks of school in the fall
  • Provide adequate resources to deal effectively with truant /chronically absent students
  • Strengthen communication with the sending middle schools to support incoming freshmen
  • Implement a school-wide “bring your own device” policy
  • Provide a plan for staff training in use of school’s technology (Wednesday Professional Development sessions)
  • Provide a full time technician/coordinator for the maintenance and support of technology in the building.

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