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Pupil Personnel Services

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TO ASSIST STUDENTS in achieving their potential, the district employs specialists in various fields. The role of the specialists is to aid the teaching staff in guiding the emotional, educational, physical and social growth of students.

GUIDANCE PROGRAM

Each High School and Middle School student is assigned a counselor. The counselor helps the student adjust to the school and assists in planning the student’s school program and future goals. The counselor works with students, parents, and teachers to determine abilities and interests.

Any person who has a question about the guidance program is invited to contact the counselors in the individual schools.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

The purpose of psychological services is to help students develop their capacities to the fullest by attempting to provide the best possible conditions for learning. The psychologist works with children who have learning or emotional difficulties, and with their parents. The psychologist suggests ways to help the child adjust to the learning situations in school and to be more secure and effective in everyday living. Parents who have a question regarding psychological services are asked to contact the building principal in the school the student attends.

social work services

The primary purpose of social work in school is to support students in an educational setting—help them manage their learning needs, family problems, and issues of an environmental, social/emotional, mental health, or substance abuse nature that might impact their functioning. Social workers use a professional knowledge base to help people make the most effective use of their own abilities so they can focus on getting an education. In a school setting, it is often providing crisis intervention, family support and direct counseling. These activities support success by working collaboratively with a school intervention team, teachers, or community-based providers to support students.

School Social workers are licensed to provide direct counseling services to students or refer them to community-based professional services. The type of social work support offered is dependent on the student's need. Licensed Clinical Social Workers [LCSW] can provide bio-psycho-social assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health, substance abuse, behavioral or emotional problems.

HEALTH SERVICES

All pupils are provided health services in accordance with state requirements. Each student is required to undergo a medical inspection before entering kindergarten and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 by a private physician, using the form provided by the school. If this is not done, a physical appraisal will be administered by the school physician at these grade levels except for entering kindergarten which must be done by your private physician. Any condition needing medical attention which is discovered by the school physician will be reported to the parent for follow-up by the family physician.

Students wishing to participate in interscholastic athletics must undergo a special examination and be found to be physically fit by the school physician before being permitted to be on a team. Nurses are in attendance or on call in each of the district’s six schools to administer aid and to help with each student’s health problems. Individual student records indicating medical history, height, weight, sight, hearing and color perception are maintained by the school.

As per NY State regulations, vision tests for distance are done on each student in grades K-3, 5, 7 and 10. Hearing tests are done on each student in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Scoliosis screening is done on all students grades 5-9. Parents are notified if the student fails to pass the screening tests.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS TEACHER AVAILABILITY

EACH TUESDAY AND THURSDAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING DISMISSAL, ALL TEACHERS ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS FOR REMEDIAL, MAKEUP OR ENRICHMENT ASSISTANCE.

Teachers may request students to stay for a period of at least 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays following dismissal for classroom work which was not completed, homework assignments or special counseling. Parents should be notified and give approval in advance of the student staying. By the same token, students may request additional help on either remediation or enrichment assignments. Parents are urged to have students take advantage of Tuesday and Thursday afternoon remedial and enrichment periods to make up work that has been missed, to receive additional help on current work, or for assignments and assistance in areas which would go beyond the work currently being offered in the regular program.

SECONDARY SCHOOL PARENT CONFERENCES AND VISITS

Conferences with teachers, guidance counselors or administrators may be initiated by either the parent or the school as the need arises. It is requested that when a parent wishes to see members of the professional staff or simply visit the school, he/she make an appointment in advance by calling the school and requesting a time that is mutually convenient.

Senior High and Middle School parents are urged to schedule one conference a year with their child’s guidance counselor. Parents are also encouraged to visit the schools and to become familiar with the programs that are being offered.

HOME INSTRUCTION

Home instruction is provided for children of the district who are temporarily disabled and unable to attend school for what appears to be an extended period of time (after five consecutive days). Home instruction is provided when a written request is submitted by the parent or guardian to the school Principal indicating that the child will be unable to attend school for an extended period of time. The attending doctor’s letter stating the diagnosis and prognosis of the time the child will be unable to attend school should accompany the letter of request.

WORKING PAPERS

For anyone under 18 years of age, working papers are needed for all types of jobs. These papers may be obtained at the Senior High School, grades 9—12 and at the Middle School for students in grades 6—8, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (3 p.m. in the summer months). Call the High School at 792-6564, or the Middle School at 793-3418.