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  Dr. Carrie Nerheim (925) 258-6218 Director of Student Services

Health and Wellness

Orinda USD strives to provide a nurturing school environment that promotes the health and wellbeing of all students. We provide services and resources that support students' physical, social and emotional safety and well-being. 

Health services

The main focus of our school health services is promotion of physical health, prevention of illness and the early detection of health problems. OUSD schools are staffed by nurses who strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of our students. Our focus includes the identification of health-related barriers to learning and the implementation of adjustments and accommodations supporting all students.  

Orinda USD employs school nurses who are licensed, registered nurses who in additional to the credential in school nursing, a public health credential also have additional educational requirements school audiometry certificate. 

Contact our school nurse:

Leni Kaku 925-258-6408
Mindi van Gemeren 925-258-6219


mental health 

Orinda USD is making mental health and social emotional wellbeing of our students a focus and priority. Services include increase in counseling at the middle school and Wellness Centers at all elementary schools. Second Step, character education curriculum will include social emotional and anti-bullying curriculum. 

Contact our Wellness Counselors:

Names will be added at the start of the 2022-23 school year


comprehensive safety plan

Orinda USD Comprehensive Safety Plan is reviewed and revised annually. During the 2022-23 school year, OUSD Safety Task force will conduct a comprehensive revise of the Safety Plan followed by the presentation to the public at a Board Meeting.