SALINAS, Calif. (KION) Two Salinas schools have opened Wellness Centers that are intended to act as mental and social-emotional resource hubs.
Everett Alvarez High School and Harden Middle School held ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday, and the Salinas Union High School district said they are the first in the district's plan to build Wellness Centers on nine campuses.
Students can self-refer to the centers or be sent in by staff or administrators.
“In the end, what we want is for students to feel safe, to feel comfortable in their environment, to be able to learn and really to reach their aspirations,” said Dr. Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah, Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services.
Last year, both schools were recognized by the Monterey County Office of Education. Alvarez was named the school showing the greatest growth, and Harden got the overall sustainability award.