District Psychologists & Social Workers
School psychologists work to improve the educational environment for students by functioning in a support service role. The primary responsibilities of psychologists include completing psychological evaluations on students referred for academic, behavioral, social, or other concerns; serving as case managers on IEPs for special education needs referrals; providing consultation services to students, administrators, parents, and teachers both as a member of the BCT (building collaboration team) or individually; conducting building inservice(s) as needed on a variety of educational and mental health issues; and participating on building and district-wide planning committees. One of the most critical assignments of the school psychologist is to keep the district in procedural compliance with the state and federal laws governing the education of students with disabilities.
The school social workers are trained mental health professionals with a Master's Degree in social work who provide services related to a student's social and emotional adjustment to school, family, community and society. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support student's academic and social successes. Services that are provided could include: alcohol and other drug concerns, behavior management, mental health and illness, attendance, truancy and dropouts, parent-child relationships, basic human needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing, health care), special education, crisis (suicide, child abuse/neglect), family trauma and change, conflict resolution, anger management and students who are at high risk of not graduating from high school.