The student services department is dedicated to removing barriers and to creating opportunities for success for students with a variety of needs. Specially trained professionals and a committed support staff work collaboratively with the regular education program to assist students in achieving their potential. The student services department welcomes parental input and an open dialogue to improve student performance. At EEACS the student service department offers support to both students and families by providing special education services, 504 services, gifted services, health services, counseling services, homebound instruction, and through the distribution of resources. The following are valuable components of EEACS and they are offered through the student service department.
Student Assistance Program (SAP) – The Commonwealth’s Student Assistance Program is designed to assist school personnel to identify issues, including alcohol, drugs, and others which pose a barrier to students’ learning and school success. Student assistance is not a treatment program. It is a systematic process using effective and accountable professional techniques to mobilize school resources to remove the barriers to learning. Where the problem is beyond the scope of the school, the team will provide the parent and the student with information so they can access services within the community.
The Student Assistance team members do not diagnose, treat, or refer for treatment; but they may refer for an assessment for treatment. It is the parent’s right to be involved in the process and to have full access to all school records under applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Involvement of parents in all phases of the student assistance program underscores the parent’s role and responsibility in the decision-making process affecting their children’s education and is the key to the successful resolution of problems.
Professional training for team members in all phases of the Student Assistance process is consistent with state guidelines and conducted by a trainer approved by the Department of Education, Health, and Public Welfare. This training is required to ensure the appropriateness of the recommended services, effective interagency collaboration, and compliance with state and federal laws protecting the privacy rights of parents and students. The rigorous preparation of team members, which results in a certificate from the approved training provider, ensures the board of school directors and school administrators that training is consistent with accountable standards and appropriate professional procedures.
School Health Services, which include the following:
Vision & Hearing Screening
Daily Nursing Services
Administration of Medication- with parent authorization and current physician orders
Required for entry into school for the first time at the kindergarten or first grade level at public private or parochial schools:
The following immunizations are required for entry into school for the first time at the kindergarten or first grade level at public private or parochial schools in this Commonwealth including special education and home education programs:
The following immunizations are required for attendance in ALL grades, including public, private, parochial, non-public, vocational, intermediate units, special education, home education and students of cyber and charter schools in the commonwealth:
4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of polio
- 2 doses of measles**
- 2 doses of mumps**
- 1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease
Children attending 7th grade need the following:
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) (if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus immunization)
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
These requirements allow for medical reasons and religious beliefs. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
*usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td
**usually given as MMR
The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
* medical reasons
* religious beliefs
If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
School Counseling, which includes all students having access to the counselor in times of need. EEACS strongly believes in building a foundation of social skills for our students. Our school counselor facilitates lunch bunches and social skill groups throughout the school year to support specific needs identified by staff members.
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is the system EEACS uses to support all students, regardless of their needs. Teachers, support staff, and administration come together, as a Child Study Team, to identify students who have academic and/or behavior deficits, as well as students who are achieving above their peers. The Child Study Team utilizes the MTSS process by placing students into appropriate interventions and then by logging and monitoring student progress along the way. The data is analyzed on a regular basis and interventions are adjusted as needed. Students receive interventions inside and outside the classroom depending on the specific needs of each child. The goal of this process is to help students catch up to where they need to be. If students do not make progress within their intervention, further assessments may be requested through a Child Study referral. Parents are invited in for a meeting when this request is made. If students are getting accelerated support, due to high achievement levels, and they are excelling with this type of support, an enrichment program may be recommended by the school.