In order to protect the health and safety of employees, staff, and students, all those who access Pasco County School locations must self-screen for symptoms and other risk factors of COVID-19 daily. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you should NOT be on a school campus or school district office. All three self-screeners – the Student Self-Screener, the Employee Self-Screener, and the Visitor Self-Screener – are accessible from the district’s COVID-19 protocols page and are posted on each school web page.

Mental Health Services

At CCHS we have trained district student services team members available to assist and provide social emotional, behavioral, and  mental health services. If your family and/or child is in need of assistance please contact his/her  grade level school counselor and a referral will be made to appropriate student services team member. 

Mental Health Awareness Website

Have you considered linking the DMHT Mental Health Awareness webpage to your school’s website? This comprehensive webpage has great information and resources for parents. We also suggest that you highlight this webpage on your social media platforms! Let’s all work together to bring awareness to our families on the importance of mental wellness! HERE

Cypress Creek Utilizes a Trauma-Informed Approach

 Trauma informed care is a framework that acknowledges the prevalence and impact of trauma, and the complex paths to healing and recovery.  These principles and practices seek safety first and commit themselves to do no harm.  When an organization engages in a trauma informed approach, it realizes the widespread impact of trauma; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma; responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.  A trauma informed approach can be implemented in any type of organization

Suicide Prevention Resources

Information for Parents/Educator (English)

Information for Parents/Educator (Spanish)

Information for Students

School Counselors

Kaley Balfour

Kaley Balfour

Class of 2022 School Counselor

Meredith Ward

Meredith Ward

Class of 2023 School Counselor

Kristine Fewox

Kristine Fewox

Class of 2024 School Counselor

Alexa Vaccaro

Alexa Vaccaro

Class of 2025 School Counselor

Other Mental Health Professionals

Mr. Sarnecki

Mr. Sarnecki

Behavior Specialist

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As a Behavior Specialist, I am assigned to work with students found eligible to receive Exceptional Student Education (ESE) supports.  Specifically, I assist student with disabilities and handicaps that may be in need of accommodations to help with their successful acclamation within their school environment.  In addition, I help to facilitate positive behavioral changes for ESE students by helping students overcome obstacles that may be faced: intellectually, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.  I place heavy emphasis on student empowerment so the student can maximize their adaptation potential when faced with obstacles that they may not be able to overcome without support services.

Ms. Oyer

Ms. Oyer

School Nurse

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I have been a nurse for 15 years and before that I was an EMT. I was the Neonatal/Pediatric transport coordinator at Sacred Heart Children’s hospital for 6 years, in Pensacola, FL. I flew all over the country and internationally to bring sick children to facilities that could care for them. I also lived in Blue Ridge, Ga for 3 years until last year when I moved to the Land O’Lakes. Before coming to Pasco County schools, I worked at St. Joe’s Women’s Hospital in the NICU.

Ms. Johnson

Ms. Johnson

Social Worker

Hello, my name is Kelly Johnson. I am have been a social worker for Pasco County School for over 10 years.  As a school social worker some of the services I provide include individual and group therapy. I have access to variety of community resources to assist children and families in need. I  conduct evaluations and assessments for students who are experiencing academic and behavioral difficulty to help determine appropriate educational services. I also address concerns of non-attendance and truancy. 
Andrea Latimer-Chaney

Andrea Latimer-Chaney

School Psychologist

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I am excited to begin my 14th year in education; 8 of those years were in Pasco County Schools. My background includes education and clinical experiences that have focused on mental health, behavior, and learning.  I apply my training and experiences to help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.  I collaborate with both school staff and families/community providers in developing plans that offer educational supports and/or services necessary for students to be successful in school.  I participate on a variety of teams within the district, schools, in regards; to social-emotional awareness, MTSS and the exceptional student education programs.  In addition, I conduct psychological/achievement assessments, promote positive behavior and well-being, support diverse learners, provide crisis prevention and intervention and connect families to community service providers when necessary. 

 

 I really enjoy working with the students, and I am dedicated to improving outcomes for all students.  Most importantly, it is always my goal to partner with staff and families to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and the community.