Student Services, also called Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) is an integral part of the total education program and consists of the school counselors, school nurse, and the school psychologist.
The PPS staff members partner with parents, community, students and other educators to assist in creating an educational environment conductive of academic, personal, social and career growth of all students.
Confidentiality of Student Services
Confidentiality of student and family information is a priority for Pupil Personnel Staff Members. Information will remain confidential unless there is a need to know such as the threat of danger to one's self or others.
Optimal learning requires good emotional and physical health. The School Nurse works with the school administrator to provide an environment that promotes optimal wellness and safety for all students. The school nurse provides individualized quality health care for students, emphasizes health education at all levels and utilizes available community and school resources to promote an overall healthy lifestyle for students, staff and families.
Some of the core services the school nurse provides are:
- Conducting health screenings
- Providing specialized health care and services
- Assessing and evaluating individual growth and development
- Monitoring of students immunizations
Counseling is conducted with students and parents individually and in small groups when requested and determined appropriate. School counseling is short-term, voluntary and confidential. Parental permission is obtained prior to any extended individual or group counseling. Student Services staff may assess students at-risk without parent permission.
School counselors are strategically positioned to help students in developing strategies to deal with educational, personal, and social challenges that may interfere with the educational process. To respond to the challenges of the DoDEA Strategic Plan, DoDEA is implementing a Competency-Based Counseling Program (CBCP) under the authority of DS 2946.1 in all schools. To meet the needs of all students today and tomorrow, the CBCP provides a balance of direct and indirect services and activities.
School psychologists provide a range of services to assist students in their learning, growth and development by providing supportive services to help them meet academic and emotional challenges. School Psychological services consist of direct and indirect interventions that require involvement with the entire educational system, including the students, teachers, counselors, administrators, other school personnel, families, community agencies, and a variety of others that may be important on an individual basis. School Psychologists tailor their services to the particular needs of each child/adolescent and each situation.