Student and Family Wellness
Our school district is committed to supporting students and families in healthy environments and with a culture that promotes and protects health and well-being. We are committed to providing opportunities for all students to reach their highest educational potential.
During the past year, we know many in our community have experienced an increase in social, emotional and financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time—and all of the time—the district's school social workers share these resources with you to help you and your family navigate challenges. We invite you to reach out to our team or school and program staff with any questions, concerns or a request for more support.
What We Do
We are a team of dedicated helping professionals who meet state requirements to practice in a variety of roles within our district’s school settings. We work to address any possible barriers to learning that may exist in the classroom, community or at home. We strive to understand students' social and emotional perspectives so that we may help them achieve academic and social success. We want to be the link that connects school, home and the community and to provide beneficial and supportive services to students, families and staff.
Our team may:
- Coordinate and facilitate student meetings to address mental wellness, social and emotional coping skills
- Provide student referrals to in-school or community therapy programs
- Find support for family basic needs
- Address barriers to students’ regular attendance at school
- Provide crisis intervention and support
- Bridge the gap between home, school and the community
Getting to Know Kara Rogers
Hello! My name is Kara Rogers, MSW, LICSW, and I am the school social worker at Pleasantview Elementary. I provide social/emotional support and skills to students to improve their functioning at school, as well as provide resources and consultation to families and school staff as needed. I graduated from St. Cloud State with my BSW in 1996, and Augsburg College in Minneapolis with my MSW in 2001. I have been working in the field of social work for more than 20 years in various capacities, including: day treatment, mental health facilitator, homeless liaison, and case management.
I live in St. Cloud with my husband, daughter and our dog. We also have two grown children who live nearby. We enjoy playing games (especially Carbles), watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family.
Meet Your Wellness Team
Benton County Community Services: 800-530-6254
Stearns County Community Services: 800-450-3663
Central Minnesota Mental Health Center
Child Anxiety Network
Minnesota Mental Health
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (nasponline.org) (this handout is also available in a variety of languages including Spanish and Somali if you scroll to the bottom of the main page link)
St. Cloud State University LGBTQ Resource Center