HOME & SCHOOL VISITORS
The Home and School Visitor's are mastered level social workers 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:
c. School staff and administration
d. Pupil services team
e. External referral Sources
f. 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
-- 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.