We are committed to promoting the mental, emotional, and social development of our students so that they may develop the knowledge and skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, handle challenging situations constructively, resolve conflicts respectfully, manage stress, and make ethical and safe choices.
We encourage students to notify a teacher, counselor, administrator or other staff member when they are experiencing thoughts of personal harm, injury or suicide or when they suspect or have knowledge of another student's intentions to do so. Every statement regarding such intent will be taken seriously.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Substance abuse continues to be a widespread problem among school-aged students. Unfortunately, now it is often a coping mechanism instead of a simple response to peer pressure. Children are experimenting with drugs and alcohol at younger ages as they struggle to deal with familial problems, self-image issues, and other pressures. The West Covina Unified School District has partnered with Care Solace to provide families with mental health and substance abuse resources. Parents, we encourage you to use the Care Solace search tool to find clinics and facilities near you. Staff, please sign in to create referrals.
More information regarding our policies, procedures, and resources:
- WCUSD Suicide Prevention Policy (AR 5141.52) / (BP 5141.52)
- Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents/Caregivers (English) / (Spanish)
In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or the following support services:
- California Youth Crisis Line 1 (800) 843-5200
- Trevor Project Lifeline 1 (866) 488-7386
Providing healthcare services for your family is a necessary, yet expensive proposition. As a district, we have partnered with local agencies to provide you with resources that will ensure your children remain healthy. You can find these organizations in the sidebar of this page.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults and is becoming a more frequent occurrence in children, especially overweight teens. Type 2 diabetes affects the way the body is able to use sugar (glucose) for energy. Children are at greater risk of developing this disease when they:
- Are overweight
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Are inactive
- Go through puberty
- Belong to specific minority groups
If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he or she will be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day. The parent or guardian will be given information about head lice and encouraged to begin treatment immediately and to check all members of the family. The student will be checked for active head lice by the nurse or health clerk the following day. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse or designee will contact the student’s parent or guardian to discuss further treatment. As needed, the parent or guardian may provide additional resources and or a referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.
West Covina complies with California immunization laws. We require that students be current on immunizations to attend school. We also suggest family members consider receiving yearly vaccines to help their children stay healthy during the school year. For more information please visit our immunization page and read the information provided for you in the sidebar.