Local District and School Based Support
In 1903, a new Compulsory Education Act had been enacted, leading to a new LAUSD position in 1913 of an Assistant Superintendent of Compulsory Education. After having gone through various name changes throughout the years the branch was renamed to Pupil Services and Attendance in 1990. Despite the transformations throughout the years the goal for Pupil Services and Attendance has been for students to be enrolled and attending.
Pupil Services and Student Support Programs staff are child welfare and attendance experts who work with students, parents, school staff, and communities to increase student attendance and engagement toward better academic outcomes for all students.
School Purchased Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors are funded directly by schools to provide comprehensive child welfare and attendance supports, including tiered absence prevention and intervention, as well as dropout prevention and recovery services. These services include:
- Interpret laws and policies pertaining to education.
- Support with enrollment, attendance, and pupil records.
- Track attendance data and trends.
- Teach and reinforce clear, positive expectations for student attendance.
- Implement a tiered attendance prevention and intervention systems of support.
- Serve as liaisons between the school and home.
- Support students and families who confront barriers to educational success.
- Identify and provide appropriate resources and community referrals.
- Define data driven attendance improvement goals and objectives.
- Provide direct individual, group and family counseling.
- Collaborate with school officials and community agencies.
- Serve on, or coordinate Student Support and Progress Teams (SSPT).
- Empower families and students by helping them understand and access appropriate public and private health and social services.
- Support schools in developing their Attendance and Dropout Prevention Plan.
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.
All schools have the option of purchasing a PUPIL SERVICES AND ATTENDANCE (PSA) COUNSELOR as Support Services Personnel.
Interested in purchasing a PSA?
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.