By Richard Bammer
The director of Student Services for Vacaville Unified said student anxiety “is a huge, huge issue” in the 12,500-student district with 18 campuses across the city.
Bill Ewing made the remark early in his slide presentation to the governing board Thursday, as he updated trustees about the district’s mental health services.
His presentation came as Solano County districts and elsewhere are increasingly hiring master social workers to try to stem or solve psycho-social and behavioral problems in 21st-century American public schools.
Speaking in the Educational Services Center, Ewing said the primary supports include, among several things, 1) a master social worker; 2) Vacaville Police Department Youth Services counseling interns; 3) mental health clinicians; and 4) PBIS, an acronym for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.