Susan Craig, Ed.D., Director, Student Services
Phone: 510-644-6316 Email: email@example.com
Merlin Edwards II, Student Welfare and Attendance Specialist
Phone: 510-644-7775 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophina Jones, McKinney-Vento Counselor
Phone: 510-644-6529 Email: email@example.com
Heather Golden, McKinney-Vento Counselor, Berkeley High School
Phone: 510-644-4545 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Diggs-Ray, Secretary
Address: 2020 Bonar Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Office of Student Services provides valuable services to students, families, and all of the District’s school communities. Our departmental overview of services is available in this Menu of Student Services (PDF).
The Director of Student Services is also the Complaint Officer for the District. The Berkeley Unified School District takes all concerns and complaints seriously and values the concerns of our parents, staff, students and community. More information is available on the Complaint Procedures webpage.
Several departments and programs operate as a part of Student Services including:
Every minute of a child’s time at school is important. Children who are absent for even one day, or who arrive later than their classmates, miss valuable instruction time and can easily fall behind in school. They also miss important socialization time and fun with their peers.
When a student is absent from school it results in a loss of funding for our district. The State of California does not reimburse school districts for days students are absent. For 2010-2011, the District lost over $2,000,000 in unearned income due to absences.
Student Services staff work with principals, teachers, students, and families to reduce absences, absenteeism, and truancy.