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Building a Supportive and Caring School Culture

Student Success and Wellness 2023-2024
Student Wellness and Success Funding Plan
FCSD has been an appreciative recipient of Student Wellness and Success Funds for many years. We are proud of the various supports that this state-funded initiative has provided our students and equally proud to continue along this path of working with the whole child. New this year, we must post a plan of how we will spend these funds. Please click here to view this plan.
We recognize the importance of building a positive school environment and have programs in each building that help in this effort.  From programs to speakers, we have immersed ourselves in recognizing the positive behavior of others and creating a culture that promotes respect, responsibility, and problem-solving at every level. 
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS):  Each building has a PBIS committee dedicated to implementing a system of supports for students that help teach common behavioral expectations, and promote positive behavior within the building.  Parents may recognize these systems of positive support in the form of "Bus Bucks", Student of the Month, or the Wall of Fame.  Each building may have different terms and programs to recognize and support students in making good choices, but the themes of being respectful, being responsible, and being a problem solve are universal across the district. 
The logo for HOPE Squad.

HOPE Squad is a school-based, peer-to-peer, suicide prevention program that emphasizes suicide prevention fundamentals, self-care and anti-bullying. The purpose of a HOPE Squad is to improve access and availability to appropriate prevention services for youth who are at risk for suicide. The HOPE Squad Program functions as a peer support team with the goal of providing kindness, encouragement, and support for students in our school who may be struggling.

HOPE Squad members were nominated by their peers as someone who displays naturally good listening skills and to whom students would go to if they needed help during difficult times.  Hope Squad Members will be trained to refer peers to a trusted adult for help. They are not asked to act as a counselor. They will be trained to recognize the warning signs and empowered to report those signs to an adult.  

Fairfield City Schools has 127 students nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers during the 2022 school year.

What is Hope Squad:  What is Hope Squad? - YouTube


Advisors for Hope Squad are:

Crossroads Middle School                                         Creekside Middle School

            Sandy Lang                                                                 Holly Stout

            Joel Willison


Fairfield Freshman School                                         Fairfield Senior High

Becky Doak                                                                Cortlynn VanBenschoten

Peggy Smith                                                               Julie Muething

                                                                                    Heather Packo


Fairfield City Schools Hope Squad Coordinator: Marla Mays [email protected]


Nearest Emergency Room:
  • Children’s Liberty Center (513) 636-4293
  • Children’s Main ER (513) 636-4200
  • UC West Chester ER (513) 298-3000


Crisis Hotlines
1-800-273-TALK (8255) Veterans Press 1
Text 838255                                                                                                                            
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)                                                                                                
Crisis Text Line-Text CONNECT to 741741
Community Crisis Lines                                                                                                    
Clermont County 513-528-SAVE (7283)
Hamilton County 513-281-CARE (2273)                                                                       
Hamilton County Psychiatric Emergency Services 513-584-8577                                                 
Warren County 877-695-NEED (6333)                 
Butler County 1-877-4Crisis (427-4747) call or text                                                 
Brown and Adams County 211
Psychiatric Intake Response Center for Children/ Adolescents PIRC (513) 636-4124
United Way 211 or 513-721-7900
Survivors After Suicide                                                                                                     
Union Township Civic Center
Grief Support
Fernside Center 513-246-9140
Survivors After Suicide
Mercy Franciscan Terrace
Suicide Survivors Support Group
St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish
Christian Survivors of Suicide
First Church of Christ-Burlington
Larry McNabb, [email protected]
Karen Fisher, church contact: 859-586-4673
Information and Resources (college & high school age) (college age)
Suicide Safe App
Safety Plan App