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Home School Visitor

The Home and School Visitor is a mastered level social worker with a Home and School Visitor certificate through the PA Department of Education.

The following is a listing of the primary duties and responsibilities of the Home and School Visitor:


--Maintain professional awareness and knowledge of federal, state and the Hempfield Area School Board policies and administrative regulations which relate to child welfare and school attendance

--Facilitate optimal learning opportunities for students, improve communication with identified stakeholders, assist students in developing positive relationships, promote students’ self efficacy, the Home & School Visitor will work closely with:


  1. Students
  2. Families
  3. School staff and administration
  4. Pupil services team
  5. External referral Sources
  6. Community and neighborhood organizations.


--Act as the intermediary between home and school.   

Provide home and school visitation services to students whose situation warrants them.


--Serve as a member of the Student Assistance Program team for their assigned buildings.


--Coordinate and/or participate in multidisciplinary team staffing with or without parents.


--Verify residency, tuition student, home education, and immunizations as requested.


--Link families with appropriate agencies .


--Coordinate homeless services.


--Identify, analyze and share out-of-school issues and concerns that  

        impacts upon students’ learning.


 --Compile data from home visits that will be useful in determining how

          best to meet students' and parents' needs relative to improving  

          attendance and the school experience in general.


  -- Identify individualized services so  

         that the family, school and community resources are working toward

         effective solutions.


  -- Act as a liaison between school and civic agencies, i.e., the

           Westmoreland County Juvenile Service Center, Westmoreland

           County Children's Bureau, Westmoreland County Courts,

           Westmoreland County Board of Assistance, local police forces, etc.


--Provides immediate services to students who appear to be truant, including appropriate communication with parents, etc.


--Enforce the compulsory-attendance laws and regulations including completing all necessary forms and letters with the cooperation of the principals, teachers, parents, and other administrators.


--Represent the district at all hearings involving any of the duties of this position.  Reports of the results of such meetings shall be made to the Director of Student Services.


--Serve as a consultant to staff, counselors, principals, administrators, and board of school directors. Director of Student Services and externally Funded Programs in cases relating to the duties of this office.  


--Supervise the issuance of work and domestic permits within the secondary schools of the districts.


--Coordinate the homebound instructions programs including all necessary communications with students, parents, teachers, principals, guidance counselors, nurses and the Director of Student Services.