Mission: The Safe & Healthy Schools Department's mission is to provide services to all stakeholders by cultivating meaningful partnerships and building capacity to ensure healthy and equitable outcomes for student success though data-driven multi-tierted systems of supports (MTSS).
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)PBIS is a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based behavioral practices for improving important behavior outcomes for all students.
School Climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students, parents and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures.
Factors in a school environment can positively influence the health of student and improve academic achievement. These factors include access to healthy foods and opportunities to stay physically active.
Student wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness includes enhancing emotional, mental, spiritual, environmental, social and physical components of life, in order to achieve one’s individual potential.
In Santa Clara County, MTSS embodies the following core components:
Rebecca Mendiola, Ed.D. Director (408) 453-6706
Sonia Gutierrez, MPH SupervisorStudent Health and Wellness
Stephanie TagueCoordinatorPBIS (408) 453-4348
Rhonda BeasleyCoordinatorMTSS (408) 453-4595
Patricia MarquezSpecialist (408) 453-6530
Specialist (408) 453-6873
Regina FinuliarAdmin Assistant(408) 453-6504
Local school wellness policies and requirements guide local educational agencies or school district’s efforts to create supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments for all students.