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The Student Services Team

 
 

 
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Student support services provide assistance to the entire student population, parents, and the school community. The Pupil Services disciplines providing support services at the elementary level include school psychology and school social work. Pupil Services specialists, with their skills in working with children and families and their knowledge of the emotional and cultural issues that affect students and schools, play an important role in improving student achievement. School social workers and school psychologists assist other educators to understand and respond effectively to the human and social factors that impact learning. They improve student availability for learning by identifying risk factors and providing timely interventions.

The school social workers and school psychologists in partnership with teachers, administrators and other school staff, build connections between home and school, especially when parents need help in understanding their children’s educational needs and their own role in encouraging learning. These professionals strive to maintain open lines of communication while they interpret school requirements and assist families in expressing their concerns. In addition, they are in a position to link the home and school to community resources, expedite appropriate referrals, and facilitate communication between home, school and community services.

School psychologists have training and experience in a comprehensive range of assessment skills used to evaluate a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses. The school psychologist functions as a member of the Planning and Placement Team, which helps determine a student’s eligibility for special education and helps plan appropriate educational and behavioral programs.

The School social worker meets with students who have personal concerns that may be interfering with their ability to focus on schoolwork. Short term counseling, either individually or in small groups, is available in order to help work through troubling thoughts or feelings that may be related to what is happening in school, in the family, or in peer relationships.

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