Jennifer Smith

WCS Mental Health Specialist Jennifer Smith with social workers Allie Graves and Madison Schaffer.

BOONE — Conversations about school and student safety are often centered around physical measures — barriers, background checks and response plans, and while those elements serve a crucial role — for the Watauga County Schools Student Services Staff, a student’s mental health and well-being is the foundational element of school safety and student success.

As the school district continues to evolve and expand on the safety and security measures it has in place, support for student mental health is a constant fixture in the conversation. With that in mind, WCS brought on Licensed Clinical Social Worker Jennifer Smith at the start of this school year to serve in a newly-created position as Watauga’s full time district Mental Health Specialist.

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