The Department of Student & Staff Support works collaboratively with the Department of Student Services and other departments across the central office to support the development of healthy, safe, and thriving school communities that create a true sense of belonging for all stakeholders.  This includes support in the following areas:

Jay Affeldt

Jay Affeldt -Executive Director

of Student & Staff Support

Culture and Climate

  • Support for the development of the four foundation practices, Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), Restorative Justice (RJ), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This also includes support for mindfulness systems across MMSD, and for staff wellness. 

School-Based Support Teams

  • Support and professional learning for the School Social Workers, School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Nurses and Nurse Assistants (NAs), Behavior Education Assistants (BEAs) and PBIS Coaches.  This also includes support for school teaming structure, and for the development of the tiered intervention systems they provide for students.  

Mental Health 

  • Support for the array of mental health interventions across MMSD, including Behavioral health in Schools (BHS), Bounce Back, CBITS, SBIRT, FACE Kids groups, and Building Bridges support for families. 

Health Services

  • Support for the health offices supported by nurses and nurse assistants, and for the individualized health supports for students in every school. 

Our department is committed to the physical, mental, and behavioral well-being of all students and staff in MMSD.  We pride ourselves on supporting every school to be thriving school where every child graduates college, career, and community ready.