How To Refer Students...
Students can refer themselves here:
Recognizing Warning Signs
Parents & Teachers can look for warning signs of a possible crisis situation by noticing students who are:
- Socially withdrawn
- Isolated/Rejected Victimized
- Disinterested in school
- Violent/Exhibit uncontrolled anger and aggression
Know When To Refer
If you notice that your child/student is not their typical self or seem agitated or disengaged. Students can be referred for counseling regarding academics, personal/social issues, grief, college and career readiness or other issues that seem beyond the scope of a classroom teacher.
You Suspect A Problem, What Should You Do?
Offer to allow the student the opportunity to meet with the counselor while being sensitive to their privacy. You can encourage the student(s) to come to the counseling offices, or you can refer through email to ask a counselor to check on them. If the student is in a crisis situation, you can call the front office and a counselor will be sent to the student's location. Remember, crisis is a subjective term. What is considered crisis to one student may be considered mild to another. "Perception is reality in the moment"
Counselors are specially trained in handling crisis situations. It can be difficult for students to focus in class if they are in emotional turmoil and need access to trained support. When they feel calm and safe, they can learn.
Department of Children's Services (DCS) Referral Guidelines
From time to time, you may be required to call DCS to report a suspicion of child abuse or neglect. The law states that anyone who suspects child abuse is required to report it to DCS. You will be asked to provide some basic information regarding the indvidual and situation; there will certainly be some information that you do not know. Use the following number, which is the DCS number that is dedicated to school personnel (1-865-209-4226).
After giving the report, they will read the report back to you. Listen carefully, and correct any inforamtion that is incorrect.
Be sure to get a Referral Number for the report
When you hang up, call the Knox County security office (594-3624) to report the following information:
- Your name/school
- Child's (victim's) name
- Referral Number
- Nature of the Report (i.e neglect, physical abuse). You will not be asked for specifics