Local District and School Based SupportPurchasing a Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor
All schools have the option of purchasing a PUPIL SERVICES AND ATTENDANCE (PSA) COUNSELOR as Support Services Personnel.
PSA Counselors hold a Master’s degree or higher in Social Work or School Counseling, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential authorizing Child Welfare and Attendance services. PSA Counselors track and share attendance data and trends. PSA Counselors teach and reinforce clear, positive expectations for student attendance, implementing absence prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention strategies to improve individual and school-wide attendance.
PSA Counselors interpret laws and policies pertaining to education, enrollment, attendance, and pupil records. They also serve as liaisons between the school and home, supporting students and families who confront barriers to educational success, identifying resources and implementing services to prevent students from dropping out of school.
To purchase PSA Counselor time, please complete and submit the Itinerant PSA Counselor letter found on the School Fiscal Services Office page under the Personnel section found here.
Pupil Services and Attendance Field Coordinator
PSA Field Coordinators monitor and enforce the performance and accountability of school based Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors. Each Coordinator is also responsible for supervising the creation and maintenance of the Resource Panel and School Attendance Review Board (SARB) panel as well as the supervision of the assigned SARB Chair.
Field Coordinators also strategize and consult with Local District and School Administrators and staff on policies, procedures and best practices in all Local District Schools.
Local District (LD) Pupil Services
LD Pupil Services Counselors provide support to LD Field Coordinators. They assist with training, guidance and assistance to school-based staff, and other LD units and personnel.
School Based Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors
School-based Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) and Diploma Project (DP) Counselors provide direct individual, group and family counseling; visit students’ homes to exchange information and provide in-home counseling services; collaborate with school officials and community agencies; serve on, or coordinate Student Success Teams; and empower families and students by helping them understand and access appropriate public and private health and social services. School-based PSA and DP Counselors have a leadership role in helping the school develop its Attendance and Dropout Prevention Plan, Incentive and Student Recovery Program to reach school and District targeted attendance improvement goals. For more information regarding targeted support and the services provided, click here for Elementary School Information and click here for Secondary School Information.