Child Welfare and Attendance Department

Child Welfare and Attendance Department

Mr. Cottrell Wrenn

Mission:

To be a fair and impartial advocate/support system for all students, families and schools, while also ensuring effective interventions in the areas of discipline, attendance and dropout prevention.


  1. Goal 1: To support schools with improving the overall culture and climate of the district, as evidenced by an annual 4% reduction in the number of OSS/Expulsion and overall 20% reduction by 2020; and to monitor and provide assistance to schools (10) identified as UIR for discipline, reducing the number of school annually. 

  2. Goal 2: To support schools with improving the district’s average daily student attendance rate by .5% annually and by 2.5% by 2025, as evidenced by the daily attendance report.

  3. Goal 3: To support school with decreasing incidents of bullying district-wide, as measured by a reduction in the number of reported incidents via PowerSchool.


  1. Goal 4: To support schools with decreasing incidents of student possession or usage of tobacco, vape, or marijuana products, as measured by a reduction in related suspensions & expulsions.

  2. Goal 5: To support schools with decreasing incidents of student alcohol usage, as measured by a reduction in related suspensions & expulsions.





For 2020-2021


  • Increase the number of School-Based Health Centers operating in our schools. There needs to be a specific focus on increasing the presence of licensed Social/Emotional/Behavioral Health Providers in our Elementary schools. I would prefer to develop and implement contracts for these folks to work in our schools rather than us continue to try to hire Behavior Strategists.

    • Construct an RFP?

    • I assume any contract would allow for the company to bill medicaid. Therefore minimizing the cost to the district. 

    • We need daily presence in many of our schools: establish the RFP based on data reflective of the needs

    • How do Autism and other special programs need to be considered?  

  • Fully developed and implementation of an effective, district-wide MTSS program. 

    • What are the components of an effective program that focuses on CHANGING student behavior?

    • What will we expect from each school?

    • How is data used?

      • How can we use the SIS/Data Dashboard?

    • How will we progress monitor? (District support walk-throughs) 

  • Updating handbook. Eliminating outdated policies and any policies that appear to target specific groups of students. 

  • Completely overhaul our disciplinary procedures with an intense focus on CHANGING student behavior. Consider a model like this:

    • Effective MTSS

    • ISS at the middle and high schools and maybe some elementaries

    • Structured Learning Environments

      • Small, in school, alternative placement classes where students are assigned for longer placements than a typical ISS placement to focus on very specific behavioral, emotional or social goals in addition to academic progress measures

    • RAPPS

      • In-district expulsion program that focuses on CHANGING student behaviors. Separate programs for Elementary, Secondary. Students who are disciplined for:

        • Zero Tolerance Fighting

        • Multiple referrals: willful disobedience, etc.

    • Rapides Alternative Placement for Interventionary Discipline (RAPID)

      • A joint cooperative with the judicial system, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Rapides Parish School Board, and other government programs that offer opportunities for students to channel negative behaviors into productive opportunities.

        • The old boot camp?

        • Focus on getting students plugged into the community with jobs.

        • Have a JAG specialist?

        • Workforce commission support?

        • Social, Emotional, Behavioral support     

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