The Use of Student Attendance to Build Districtwide Trauma-Informed Care

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Aired on: August 14th, 2018

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

John Hernandez

John Hernandez is the Director of Student Services at East Central Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. A former high school football coach in three disadvantaged Texas school districts and with over 20 years in education, Hernandez frequently saw students facing poverty and trauma. In addition to his current position, he has served as a high school and as a principal at a campus for at-risk students.

This Week's Topic

Join Solutions to the Dropout Crisis in exploring the systems and processes implemented by the East Central Independent School District (ISD) in San Antonio, TX, on their road to becoming a trauma-informed district. Because many of the students in the district are beyond at risk, East Central ISD adopted a districtwide approach to meet students’ physical and emotional needs related to trauma.

This approach, led by John Hernandez, included creating EC Cares to reach students who are considered wounded or are affected by a traumatic event. EC Cares addresses important social issues that affect students’ education, health, and quality of life, and the EC Cares Team strives to positively impact its students and their families. Together, the district and EC Cares staff listen to the needs of students who have experienced or are experiencing trauma and customize their approach in meeting those at-risk students’ resource needs.

Topics discussed include

  • The foundational approach to creating EC Cares
  • Ways to identify and reach students affected by trauma
  • The value of creating and keeping current a community resource guide

Salud America! “Trauma Sensitive School Action Pack”








ECISD Community Resources Guide (Sample)

New school district ‘toolkit’ tends to kids missing school due to trauma, stress

Solution to truancy and absenteeism with EC Cares

Texas Education Agency’s 13 Risk Factors

Ex-Coach Creates Trauma-Informed Program to Reduce Absenteeism in San Antonio

John Hernandez
Director of Student Services
(210) 649-4481

Rebecca Cadena
Secretary to the Director of Student Services
(210) 649-4481

East Central ISD Student Services Center
7395 FM 1628
San Antonio, Texas 78263
Phone (210) 649-4481

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