School Psychologist

Who are School Psychologists?

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

 

Areas of Service:

  • Psychoeducational evaluation of students ages 3-21
  • Consultation with parents and school personnel
  • Assistance in the identification of students with disabilities
  • Implementation of in-service training and workshops
  • Assistance to teachers with classroom management techniques
  • Assistance to school personnel in developing effective interventions and strategies to meet students' unique learning behavioral, and social/emotional needs

 

What do School Psychologists Do?

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; different strategies are used to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.

School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies; techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom; working with students with disabilities or with special talents; addressing abuse of drugs and other substances; and preventing and managing crises. In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services:

 

Consultation

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective 
    solutions to learning and behavior problems.
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community. 


Evaluation

  • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
  • Evaluate learning environments.

 

Intervention

  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
  • Provide training in social skills and anger management.
  • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.

 

Prevention

  • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.

 

Research and Planning

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.
 
 
Educational Evaluation
 
An Educational Evaluation refers to the procedures used to determine whether a child has a disability in accordance with federal regulations.  If, after being evaluated, a child is deemed disabled, the evaluation outcomes are used to determine the nature and extent of the special education and related services the child requires.  An Educational Evaluation refers specifically to an individual child.  It does not include basic tests administered to or procedures used with ALL children in a school, grade, or class.
 
Letter to Parents Requesting an Educational Evaluation
Jasper County School District is committed to ensuring that EVERY child receive the most appropriate education possible. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full educational potential.  Therefore, we want ensure that all parents and stakeholders understand the proper procedure for requesting educational evaluations to determine eligibility for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
 
How to Request an Educational Evaluation
If you feel that your child may need an evaluation and/or services that have not been provided by the school, you are entitled to request consideration of an educational evaluation.  Requests for evaluations may be made to the school's representative via letter or email.  A letter or email is not required, however it ensures your request is not inadvertently overlooked.
 
Evaluations Initiated by Jasper County School District 
Prior to conducting an evaluation, the Jasper County School District will request parental permission via written notification.
 
The notification must include the following information:
  • The reasons for the requested evaluation and the name of the person who initiated the process;
  • The proposed evaluation procedures;
  • A statement that after obtaining parent permission for evaluation or the decision of a hearing officer following a due process hearing (subject only to State Educational Agency appeal), the evaluation will be completed.
  • A statement that the parents will be informed of the evaluation schedule must be included;
  • A description of the testing procedures and instruments to be utilized and the limitations of the instruments;
  • A description of how the findings of the evaluation will be used;
  • A statement that the parents will be informed of the results of the evaluation;
  • A description of all procedural safeguards available;
  • A statement of the parent's right to refuse permission for the evaluation, with the understanding that Jasper County School District or other agency can request a hearing to present its reasons and try to obtain approval to conduct the evaluation;
  • An explanation of other rights pertaining to the evaluation process;
  • A list of the sources whereby parents may obtain free/low cost legal services;
  • A declaration that the child's educational status shall not be changed without the knowledge and written approval of the parent, or until the notice and due process procedures have been exhausted;
  • A statement of any other factors relevant to the proposed action.
 

Following evaluation, the Jasper County School District shall notify the parents that the evaluation has been completed. The notice shall include the following, with the exception of the items specified herein which are pertinent to both permission for evaluation and placement:

  • The results of the evaluation and the educational implications;
  • A statement of the parents' rights to attend a meeting of the IEP team;
  • A statement of the parents' right to refuse permission for placement, with the understanding that the Jasper County School District can request a due process hearing to present its reasons and try to obtain approval for placement;
  • An explanation of other rights pertaining to the placement process;
  • A full description of all procedural safeguards available;
  • A declaration that the child's educational status shall not be changed without the knowledge and written approval of the parent, or until the notice and due process procedures have been exhausted;
  • A list of the sources whereby a parent may obtain free/low cost legal services; and
  • A statement of any other factors relevant to the proposed action.