Welcome to Ms. Joann Klein's Webpage

Ms. Joann Klein, School Social Worker  

Welcome to Ms. Klein's Webpage for the Spackenkill Union Free School District website. Ms. Klein is a NYS licensed clinical social worker and is the school social worker for students in grade 9-12 at Spackenkill High School. She has been a school social worker for Spackenkill School District since 1993.  Ms. Klein is located in the Guidance and Counseling Center at the high school. Ms. Klein is also a district approved Committee for Special Education Chairperson, as well as the DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) coordinator for the High School. On this website you'll find helpful tips for students and parents, links to relevant community resources, questions and answers regarding mental health issues, as well as frequently asked for documents.

The School Social Worker Role
  • To provide in school supportive counseling and crisis intervention to students identified as experiencing academic, behavioral and/or emotional difficulties with the goal of enhancing the child's educational experience. 
  • To provide individual and group counseling services to students.
  • To conduct psycho-social histories on students identified by the Committee on Special Education or Response to Intervention Teams.
  • To participate as the member of the Response to Intervention Team and Crisis Team for the high school.
  • To participate as a member of the District Safety Team
  • To collaborate with other others members of the Pupil Personnel Team (Guidance Counselors, School Psychologist, School Nurse, School Administration, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Special Education teachers).
  • To provide consultation with students, families, school personnel, and community agencies on issues impacting the student's education.
  • To make referrals to community agencies and treatment providers.
  • To collaborate with community agencies and organizations on behalf of students and families.
  • To provide parent education and training as needed.

Building Dignity and Bullying Resources

The New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the state’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. 

This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students Act. The Dignity Act also amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes. The Dignity Act further amended Section 2801 of the Education Law by requiring Boards of Education to include language addressing The Dignity Act in their codes of conduct.

The Dignity Act requires that each school have one person designated at the DASA Coordinator for the building. Ms. Klein is the DASA coordinator for the high school. The DASA coordinators work with the building administrators to investigate and respond to all bullying concerns or complaints. If you have a question regarding an issue related to bullying, please feel free to contact Ms. Klein or the building administrator of your school. 

Numerous web sites and resources are provided below under the Safe Schools links. These resources
 are excellent source of information for any student, parent or staff person who has questions about bullying and how they can help kids students safe and prevent bullying.

Feeling in crisis, school is closed and you need someone to help? Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene has mental health counselors available 24 hours a day to provide assistance. You can call or text 845-9700 and speak to someone who can help you. They also offer a mobile crisis team to come to you if needed. Effective Spring of 2017, The county has added a new Stabilization Center in Poughkeepsie at 230 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY for immediate evaluation for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, suicidal thoughts or in need of substance abuse intervention, detox or treatment. For more information call the Helpline below.

Dutchess County HELPLINE

CALL or TEXT (845) 485-9700 • Toll Free (877) 485-9700 • Download the app for FREE



Every life matters. Sometimes it just helps to talk.

We're available 24/7/365

Experienced mental health professionals who are here
to listen and assist.
CALL or TEXT: (845) 485-9700

TOLL FREE:  (877) 485-9700
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Looking for a resource to help a student or family member? Please check the links to numerous Websites provided:

Mental Health Resources:

Resources for Families and Individuals      http://www.helpstartshere.org

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;  http://www.chadd.org

National Resource Center for ADHD   http://www.help4adhd.org

Mental Health Association of Dutchess County    http://mhadutchess.org/

National Alliance for Mental Health NAMI  https://www.nami.org 

Understood for Learning and Attention Issues: a good resource for parents who have a student with learning challenges in school and home  - https://www.understood.org/en/about/our-mission 

Feeling Anxious: Click here for some tips on dealing with anxiety: https://www.adaa.org/tips

Child Abuse Prevention. The Center for Prevention of  Child Abuse    http://www.thecpca.com/    

Teen Parenting 

Safe Schools 

NYS Dignity for All Students Act  - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/resources.html  

Bullying Resources: Stop Bullying Now -  http://www.stopbullying.gov/ 

Tolerence and Diversity -  http://www.tolerance.org/

NYS GLSEN Hudson Valley  http://www.glsen.org/chapters/hudsonvalley 

Bullying Resources; Be Brave StayBrave  http://www.braverytips.org/resources.aspx 

Born This Way Foundation :    http://bornthisway.foundation

The Spackenkill DASA Powerpoint on addressing bullying at Spackenkill. -   Powerpoint on DASA

Suicide and Depression Resources  

If you are a student that might be struggling with thoughts of suicide or feeling depressed? If it is during the school day, please come to the counseling center and ask to see any guidance counselor, the school social worker, school psychologist, or the school nurse. We will assist you with what ever crisis you are having and help you with solutions.

If it is after hours or you don't want to come to the counseling center, you can call the Dutchess County Helpline day or night at 877-485-9700

You can also Text "DMH" to 741 741 to connect with the Dutchess County Helpline if you would prefer to text instead of call. They will listen to your concerns and help you find a counselor to help you.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 24 hours a day with free confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention   http://www.afsp.org  

Be the One to -Be the One to Prevent a Suicide    http://www.bethe1to.com/

Local Community Resources

Astor Children's Services  http://www.astorservices.org 

Services For Runaway and Homeless Youth in  Dutchess County    http://www.hudsonriverhousing.org/youth.html 

United Way of Dutchess- Orange Counties, NY  United Way Website

Dutchess Outreach - http://www.dutchessoutreach.org/  

Dutchess County Dept. of Community and Family Services- http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/countygov/departments/socialservices/ssindex.htm

Alcoholics Anonymous-http://www.aa.org

Drug and Alcohol Treatment- Arms Acres Treatment Programs- http://www.armsacres.

Outpatient and Inpatient Substance Abuse programs of Mid Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY -  http://www.midhudsonregional.org/alcohol-drug-dependency

List of Food Pantries in Dutchess County - Need Helping Paying Bills website -  http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/dutchess_county_food_pantries.html 

Professional Organizations 

National Association of School Social Workers  http://www.sswaa.org

National Association of Social Workers http://socialworkers.org/ 

Presentation to the Spackenkill Board of Education on the Social Worker and Psychologists roles in Spackenkill. 

Social Worker/Psychologist Board Presentation 2016 ‎(finalized)‎

Forms needed for Committee for Special Education

Initial Social History Form ( if a new referral to Special Education) :  

Updated Social History Form (If student is already receiving services and due for a re-evaluation) :