Student services and the professionals trained in the delivery of student services provide a bridge between learning and mental, physical, emotional and social health factors that determine educational achievement and life success. These student services providers use a variety of strategies to help meet children’s needs that include providing direct service to teachers, families, and the community.
In order to provide a full range of pupil services, it is important that all disciplines are represented and accessible in the school setting on an ongoing daily basis. Furthermore it is essential that the delivery of pupil personnel services be provided in a collaborative team manner with the support and leadership of district administration.
The Antietam School District’s Student Services include:
- Special Education (per Chapter 14 of the Pa School Code)
- Gifted Education (per Chapter 16 of the Pa School Code)
- Section 504 Plans (per Chapter 15 of the Pa School Code)
- Health Services
- School Psychology Services
- School Counseling/Guidance Services
- Student Assistance Program Services (SAP)
- School-based Counseling
- English as a Second Language (ELL) Services
- Homeless Children Services
- Foster Children Services
Student services personnel perform critical tasks in schools, including:
- Supporting effective teaching and improved student learning and facilitate collaboration among school staff, families and the community;
- Providing a variety of prevention and intervention services in schools that promote effective classroom learning and teaching;
- Working together with teachers and administrators to develop a positive school climate, improving classroom management skills, providing behavioral interventions to reduce discipline infractions, improving school safety, and removing barriers to learning;
- Providing educational programs and activities that support student learning and teaching, including consultation with teachers and families, assessments linked to instruction, individual and group counseling, problem-solving instruction, and remedial interventions;
- Collaborating with teachers and school staff to ensure that students receive high quality instruction that is a response to the diverse and developmental needs of all students, create a continuum of support services for all students, and providing various instructional strategies to facilitate learning in all classrooms;
- Participating, as members of the school team, in professional development to ensure high quality learning; and
- Fostering collaboration not only between general and special education, but also between community and schools and schools and parents.