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Catherine Martinez

Coordination of Services Team (COST) Specialist


COST Meeting Calendar



Office Manager

Attendance Clerk

ELL Specialist

Family Engagement Specialist


RSP/School Psychologist





COST Resources

Hi, Ruus Family! My name is Yadira Torres and I'm the COST Specialist at Ruus Elementary.

I work with the COST team to help maximize and expand available resources at our school and increase our school's capacity to respond quickly and appropriately to a wide range of student needs.

What is COST? 


Coordination of Services Team (COST) is a multidisciplinary group of school staff and community partners who meet regularly to review referrals and discuss students’ strengths and supports needed. The team develops a plan for connecting the student/family to appropriate services, then monitors the success of service connection and interventions giving an opportunity to tailor interventions over time.

COST Supports:

Students who are experiencing challenges in academia.

Students who are expressing concerning behavior(s) either in the classroom and/ at home.

Students & families needing support with basic needs, home environment, health concerns, etc.

Students & families facing traumatic events, transitional hardships, changes in family dynamics, etc.

Resources for Students

Resources for Families

For immediate services:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1800.273.TALK or text the word "START" TO 741741

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County: 1800.309.2131

Child help: Child Abuse Prevention: 1800.4.A.Child (1800.422.4453)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800.799.7233

Hayward Youth and Family Service: 1.510.293.7048 (Counseling Services)

Alameda County Health and Human Services: Dial 211

LGTBQ+ Support Hotline: 1-866-488-7386