Student Support Services (SSS) is an integral part of the total education program. The Student Support Services Department includes DoDEA school nurses, school counselors, school psychologists and school social workers (located only in certain locations). The SSS staff members at each DoDEA school 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. Student Support Services staff members are extensively involved in implementing programs that support DoDEA Community Strategic Goal 1, to challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness.
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 Support Services staff may assess students at-risk without parent permission. Confidentiality of student and family information is a priority for Student Support Services 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.
The DoDEA handbook offers guidance on the development and implementation of Student Support Teams (SST). This handbook is intended to assist administrators and teachers when planning and operating the SST.