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The BETA Program

In June 2018, San Juan BOCES was awarded the four year Expelled and At Risk Student Services (EARSS) grant.  
The purpose of the EARSS grant is to assist in providing educational and support services to expelled students, students at-risk of suspension and expulsion, and students at-risk of habitual truancy as defined by unexcused absences. 
In 2019, through a partnership with the Departments of Human Services from Archuleta, La Plata/San Juan, Dolores and Montezuma Counties, the BETA Program has expanded to serve all of the Middle Schools in the region who are part of Bayfield, Dolores, Dove Creek, Durango, Ignacio, Mancos, Montezuma-Cortez, Pagosa Springs and Silverton School Districts. 
The BETA Program - Behavior, Emotion, Transition, Academics and Attendance - supports students in all of our member district high schools and students enrolled in our regional middle schools.  Through a variety of supportive services including wraparound case management, direct skill building, resource and referral and collaborative partnerships with success teams in each school, we are working to remove barriers and help students achieve a success at school. 
The BETA program has 5 coordinators, two coordinators support our East districts -Pagosa Springs, Bayfield, and Ignacio, two support the districts to the West - Mancos, Montezuma-Cortez, Dolores and Dove Creek and one coordinator supports the 2 middle schools in Durango and Silverton School.  These coordinators are highly qualified Masters level teachers and mental health providers who partner with the schools to identify eligible students, create a strengths focused Success Plan and implement supports and strategies to help students and families meet their goals.  
With just one year of implementation, SJBOCES is excited about the impact BETA is having in our area schools with students and families.  We are reporting progress on all of our program objectives including successful family engagement, improved attendance for students with identified truancy issues and a decrease in behavioral incidents on campus.  
If you have any questions about the program or would like to contact the BETA coordinator in your home school, please contact Royce Tranum, Program Director.