The Department of Student Services works to ensure that Hampton City Schools is able to provide the best education possible in schools that are free of disruption, conflicts or violence. While working in partnership with law enforcement, fire officials, courts, social services, partners and the greater community, the department develops ways to keep school safe where teachers can focus on teaching and students can focus on learning.
HERE! is a series of truancy-related programs and strategies coordinated and created through the collaboration of the Juvenile Court, Schools, Human Services, Police, Sheriff, CSB, and other community partners. HERE! is a “systems of care” approach to increase school attendance and reduce truancy. Initiatives are targeted to support parents’ efforts of their child’s attendance and success in school.
Each agency provides a unique service creating a network of support and collaboration in the community’s priority of students attending school daily and being successful. School attendance policies have been re-written to include the multi-agency effort and the Juvenile Court leads the project by leveraging the services from each provider. If all preventive efforts fail, the court provides the strong safety net of mandating services for the most challenging situations. The results include an increase in student attendance, a reduction in un-excused absences, and more services provided to families.
Youth, Parent Empowerment Program
The Youth, Parent Empowerment Program, known simply as YPEP, is a multi-agency collaboration created to address emotional and behavioral problems of students which negatively impact success in academics and personal growth. It is a partnership comprised of Hampton City Schools, Hampton Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Hampton Comprehensive Services Act (CSA), and the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board (H-NNCSB).
CSB counselors are located in the schools to work therapeutically with students and families on a daily basis, but services are also delivered outside of the educational environment. The multi-tier intervention delivers positive outcomes in student attendance, achievement, behavior, and attachment to school. In addition, a summer program continues the work with students facilitating services during the summer recess. All efforts promote prevention, recovery, and self-determination for students with or at risk of emotional disturbances or affected by other disabilities.