• Contacting a school social worker often is a first step in seeking assistance when you don't know where else to turn.  If you're not sure who to call and would like to talk with someone confidentially, please contact us.
    Services Offered
    • Individual Counseling/Support
    • Family Consultation
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Chemical Health Information and Referral
    • Support Service Coordination
    • Mediation
    • Support Groups
    • Staff Consultation and Support
    • Mindfulness Class (see below) 
    Mindfulness Class for WHS Students 
    Mindfulness classes will be offered each term. The seven session class will meet on Wednesdays during the last  40 minutes of class and will rotate between 1st, 2nd, 4th blocks and MyTime.
    Mindfulness – non-judgmental, present-moment awareness – is a powerful, research-based practice that can help teens reduce stress and anxiety, and improve focus and concentration. The mindfulness class consists of seven sessions in which students will learn basic mindfulness practices and develop strategies for self-care and stress reduction. Topics will also include: working with difficult thoughts and emotions, managing test anxiety, and cultivating kindness and empathy. The class is open to all interested students, and will be taught by Sarah Rudell Beach, a former WHS teacher and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor.
    If interested, contact your alpha team social worker.
  • Hennepin County Mobile Crisis Team provides free in-home crisis assessments for mental health and suicide risk.
    Child and Adolescent Team: 612-348-2233
    Adult/18+ Team: 612-596-1223
    Provides short term, safe housing for runaway youth with a goal of family reunification.
    Provides counseling support to students and families. Crisis Line 952-988-TEEN
    Provides basic medical care, reproductive health care, dental care, and mental health support for teens and young adults. Locations in Hopkins and Excelsior.
    Provides counseling for individuals and families.
    Provides drug and alcohol testing and related services 24 hours a day.
    Interfaith Outreach responds to emergency needs, moves families toward stability and positive change.
    Provides information regarding legal issues of concern for high school age students.
    Provides information regarding truancy laws and procedures.
    Provides information about Hennepin County resources such as MN Care, emergency assistance, food stamps and other county programs.
    Provides information regarding the data privacy for minors within the state of Minnesota.

Computer Equity Project

  • Wayzata Public Schools is proud to offer the "Computer Equity Project", which has been developed to help merge the gap between students who have access to technology at home with those that do not. Computers that are cycled out of Wayzata Public Schools are refurbished and offered to students who qualify for the devices. In order to qualify, students must first meet with a Wayzata High School social worker and an application form must be submitted. 
    Important information: the Computer Equity Project is for Wayzata High School students who do not own or have access to a computer at home. This project is designed to increase student achievement and technology by expanding and enhancing access to technology. Students must keep the issued computer and understand that Wayzata Public Schools is not responsible for upkeep or maintenance. Recipients must provide their own transportation of the equipment to their home, access to software, technical support, and internet access.
    Computers are refurbished by students under the supervision of Tyler Shepard, associate principal. If you have any questions, contact a social worker or Tyler Shepard at tyler.shepard@wayzata.k12.mn.us.
    Low Cost Internet Provided by Comcast to Low Income Families
    To qualify for $9.95 a month internet service and a low-cost computer, your household must meet all these criteria:
    1. Be located where Comcast offers internet service
    2. Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
    3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
    4. Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
    How to apply:
    1. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application
    2. Comcast will mail you an application. Complete and return it, along with lunch program documents from your child's school
    3. We will notify you by mail about the status of your application. Allow 7-10 days for a response
    Once you are approved, we'll mail you a welcome package with everything you need to set up your Internet service and receive our free internet training. If you choose to purchase a low-cost computer, your welcome package will provide details. For more information, visit www.internetessentials.com.
  • "Supporting Our Teens... a Community Conversation" presented by Dr. Nimi Singh MD, MPH; University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital; 2/28/13