Communities in Schools
The mission of Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
The Five CIS Basics
CIS believes that every child needs and deserves the following:
- A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
- A safe place to learn and grow
- A healthy start and a healthy future
- A marketable skill to use upon graduation , and
- A chance to give back to peers and community.
Issues or Concerns that Solicit a CIS Student Recommendation
- Disruptive behavior
- Emotional issues
- Social challenges
- Health problems
- Disciplinary system involvement
- Financial and/or legal problems
- Need for skills enhancement and/or enrichment
CIS and Confidentiality
CIS services to students and families are confidential. There are a few situations where CIS staff is required by law to break confidentiality and seek outside help. These situations are where:
Texas law requires any person who believes that a child is being abused, neglected, or exploited to report the circumstances to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Abuse Hotline at 1 (800) 252-5400. For non-emergencies, the reporting website is http://www.txabusehotline.org/
- a student might be a danger to himself/herself;
- a student might be a danger to someone else; or
- a student reports having been hurt by someone else.