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.

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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

Our Partners

Sauk Rapids Rice ISD47 partners with Central Minnesota Mental Health Center and Lutheran Social Services to provide in school therapy services. Please contact your building social worker to make a referral. 

The 8 grade Parent Night was held on Monday, February 7, 2022. 

Below you will find the slideshow presentation in .pdf format. Please see your listed high school counselor for additional questions. 

The Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Ninth Grade Transition Program.pdf 


 

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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. 


Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools

Meet Your Wellness Team

Headshot of Sheila Johnson-Kolb
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Rice Elementary &
District Community Outreach Liaison

320-258-1049 - Rice Elementary
320-258-1733 - District Outreach
email

 

School Social Worker Whitney Jarnot

 

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Sauk Rapids-Rice
High School
email

 
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SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Sauk Rapids-Rice
Middle School
320-258-1412
email


 

Tara Prom smiles by locker bank at MHES
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Mississippi Heights Elementary
320-258-1307
email

 

Picture of Kara Rogers
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Pleasantview Elementary
320-258-0506 Ext. 1247
email

 


 

Crisis Text Line  Text MN to 741741  Free support at your fingertips, 24/7  Minnesota Department of Human Services

Find Support

Our counselors and social worker are available to support students and families seeking mental health or addiction services.  
 
If you are in crisis, text MN to 741741 for 24/7 support.
 
Crisis Line: 800-635-8008
Benton County Community Services: 800-530-6254
Stearns County Community Services: 800-450-3663