Student services is an integral part of West Covina's high-quality instructional program. We support the needs of our student body through child welfare, health and safety, attendance, and student discipline. This focus helps our schools maintain a positive environment and keeps students engaged in the learning process. Below is a sampling of some of the services we provide in WCUSD.
For more information about these or any of our student services, please call us at (626) 939-4600, ext. 4682.
Foster and Homeless Youth Center
Foster and Homeless Youth Center
We are excited to announce that our new Foster and Homeless Youth Center is now open and offers a range of services for both students and parents including:
- Tutoring and Academic Support(Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00)
- Computer Lab Access
- College and Career Planning
- Referrals for Community Based Resources,
- Assistance with Accessing L.A. County programs for Foster and Homeless Youth
- Parent and Student Workshops
Please contact Ana Gutierrez, Foster/Homeless Youth Liaison, if you’d like more information at (626) 960-3052 Ex. 2224. The Foster Youth Center is located on the Willowood Campus at 2021 W. Alwood St., Room 301, West Covina, CA.
We are concerned with the welfare of the whole child at West Covina. Our student services department offers resources to ensure our children stay safe and that we meet the needs of each child.
Abuse and Neglect
As educators and caretakers of children, we are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. If you suspect a child is being endangered in any way, do not hesitate to contact us. We have provided resources at the side of this page that may help you identify and report abuse.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Education Program aims to ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to public education, including preschool.
We at West Covina are committed to helping and addressing the challenges that homeless students have in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Please contact us if you are considered homeless.
A homeless student is one who:
- Lacks a fixed, regular nighttime residence;
- Temporarily shares housing with others due to loss;
- Lives in a motel or hotel;
- Lives in emergency or transitional shelters;
- Lives in abandoned buildings, parked cars, or other facilities unfit for human habitation;
- Is abandoned in a hospital;
- Is awaiting foster care placement;
- Is a migratory child living in conditions described above;
- Is an unaccompanied youth or runaway between 2 and 18 years of age
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 and your wallet full. 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
To learn more about this disease please download the provided fact sheet at the side of this page.
Head lice are very contagious. We do not allow students with head lice to attend school until 24 hours after treatment has been applied.
Immunizations and Vaccines
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.
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. Please be aware of this issue, and utilize the information at the side of this page to help teach your children of the risks of drug use.
Bullying and Internet Safety
The West Covina Unified School District believes that every student is entitled to a safe school environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying. WCUSD’s Anti-Bullying Policy can be accessed in each school’s office, in the WCUSD Parent/Student Handbook and by clicking this link:
Bullying is one of the most serious and pervasive problems facing our schools. Bullying happens when a vulnerable person is repeatedly hurt, threatened, or tormented by another. Bullying can happen face-to-face, but it often occurs online where the bully feels untouchable. Victims of bullying often experience low self-esteem, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.
Any student who feels he/she is a victim of bullying/cyberbullying or harassment should immediately contact a teacher, counselor, site administrator or other school site employee. All complaints regarding bullying/harassment shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties involved while not impeding the investigation.
In addition, there are resources available at the side of this page related to this topic.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and staff against gun violence. In response to the recent tragedies across the nation, we have created emergency procedures for our district to utilize in the case of an active shooter. For your information, our manual is available at the side of this page.
If you suspect that your child has a disability and may require Special Education or Section 504 accommodations, or if you would like additional information, please do one of the following:
1. Contact the School Psychologist or Section 504 Coordinator at your child’s school
We know families have a variety of needs and circumstances that affect a child’s school choice and attendance. For families who cannot commit to traditional school attendance, we provide home-based study.
Home-based study is available to any student enrolled (or eligible to enroll) in our district. It provides, free of charge:
- Scheduling flexibility
- Records and testing portfolios
- Core curriculum materials
- Lesson planning
- Enrichment opportunities
- Field trips and group workshops
- Access to a certified teacher
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact our HBIS teacher, Susan Chase.
Title IX Regulations
Title IX Regulations – Education Amendments of 1972
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance”
The West Covina Unified School District is committed to providing equal opportunities for both sexes in all educational programs and activities which it conducts, and for employees and applicants for employment.
Equality of opportunity for both sexes in all programs and practices is a fundamental goal of the West Covina unified School District. For students, this means that educational programs and activities must be free from policies and practices, which discriminate on the basis of sex. Our schools will continually evaluate their practices in terms of equal opportunity. Programs and practices will be changed when necessary to bring them into compliance with Title IX Regulations.
For additional information and/or to make a complaint regarding Title IX Regulation procedures:
1. Contact the site administrator
2. Contact the WCUSD Title IX Coordinator-Marc Trovatore, Director of Student Services at (626) 939-4600 Ex. 4745 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services Staff
(626) 939-0600 ext. 7207
(626) 939-4600 ext. 4711
(626) 939-4600 ext. 4690
(626) 939-4600 ext. 2315
Ana Gutierrez, LCSW, PPSC
Foster/Homeless Youth Liaison
(626)960.3052 ext. 2224