2020 Bonar Street, Suite 112, Berkeley, CA 94702
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Mission of the BUSD Student Services Department
The purpose of public education is to prepare students with the skills and abilities that are requisite to be a successful contributing member of society. To ensure that all students have a means to acquiring these skills and abilities, a school district must be intentional in the support that it provides to students, staff, and other stakeholders. One of the most important undertakings that a community can engage in is educating its children. The Student Services department is an integral piece to achieving the district’s goals.
Therefore, the mission of the Student Services department is the facilitation of systems and practices, including comprehensive programs that support the “whole child”. The Student Services department supports student achievement by removing barriers that impede a student’s ability to access the learning. The department is committed to applying systems and practices in a manner that is supportive, inclusive, and complies with board policies.
Dr. Phillip Shelley, Director, Student Services
Phone: 510-644-6316 | Email: email@example.com
Denise Diggs-Ray, Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 510-883-5224 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aiesha Lockett, Student Welfare and Attendance Specialist
Phone: 510-644-7775 | Email: email@example.com
Amelia Lewis, HOPE/McKinney-Vento Counselor
Phone: 510-644-6529 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Reece, Climate and Culture TSA
Phone: (510) 486-8012, ext. 77804 | Email: email@example.com
Rosina Keren, District Mental Health Coordinator
Phone: (510) 486-9354 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Student Services provides services and support for students, parents and guardians, and school communities in Berkeley Unified School District.
The Berkeley Unified School District values the input and feedback of our diverse students, parents and guardians, staff and community members. For concerns related to a specific school, community members are encouraged to contact the school principal as the first step. Information is provided below regarding filing formal complaints in Berkeley Unified.
The Student Services department includes the following areas to provide coordinated services to students and parents/guardians:
- Attendance, Truancy, and Chronic Absenteeism
- School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
- School Climate and Culture
- Comprehensive School Safety Plans
- Tobacco Use Prevention Education
- Mental Health Student Services Act (MHSSA)
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS / School Climate)
- Positive Behavior Matrix (TK – 5th grade)
- Positive Behavior Matrix (6 – 12th grade)
- Support for children in Foster Care (Child Welfare and Juvenile Probation)
- Support for children who are legally homeless per McKinney Vento.
- Section 504 Plans
- Student Discipline – Suspensions, Recommended Expulsions
- Student Discipline – Alternatives to suspension.
- Gender Marker / Name Change (students who are transgender)
- Partnership Programs (Universities, Public Agencies, Community-Based Organizations) that provide school-based behavioral support and interventions
- Student Records
- 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook
- 2022-23 Parent-Student Handbook (Spanish)
- DataQuest Reporting
- DataQuest is the California Department of Education’s web-based data reporting system for publicly reporting information about California students, teachers, and schools. DataQuest provides access to a wide variety of reports, including school performance, test results, student enrollment, English learner, graduation and dropout, school staffing, course enrollment, and student misconduct data.
Resources and Support
- Community Resources
- Office of Family Engagement & Equity (OFEE)
- Students Experiencing Housing Insecurity
- Student Health and Wellness
- Resources for Immigrant Families
- Nutrition Services
- School Attendance
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
- Toolbox: Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for K-6 Students
- Restorative Justice
- Affinity-Based Resources
- Student Services
Sample California Healthy Kids Questionnaire
Every minute of a child’s time at school is important. Children who are absent for even a half of a school day, or who arrive later than their classmates, miss valuable instruction time and can easily fall behind in school. They also miss community building activities and fun with their peers.
Student Services staff work with principals, teachers, students, families and caregivers to increase student attendance and reduce absences from school.
Please note that BUSD calculates the time a student attends school (rate of attendance). This rate includes both excused and unexcused absences. Every school day counts. Thank you for helping to ensure that each student arrives at school on time and ready to learn.