Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Members of the PPS department work diligently to support our students and their families in various capacities. PPS staff are in an ideal position to support the well being and safety of all students. They are trained to evaluate factors that contribute to student difficulties with behavior, social/emotional and academic achievement. PPS members play a critical role in the implementation of the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). They work collaboratively with other departments including the department of Special Education in both the pre and post referral process. The Department of Pupil Personnel covers a wide range of services including those provided by:
School Social Workers
In addition, the department manages all issues related to:
504 Accommodation Plans
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School psychologists play a key role in the implementation of a Multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), both with academic and behavioral concerns. They help identify areas of concern, assist in determining appropriate interventions within the tiered system and that they are delivered with fidelity. Finally, school psychologists facilitate data analysis and interpretation of interventions.
School Social Workers
School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. School social workers enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.
School Attendance Teachers
Attendance teachers are responsible for making sure students attend school and informing the school of any emerging attendance trends or issues. They work collaboratively with parents, school social workers, and the Child Study Team to find solutions to a child’s attendance problem. Attendance teachers conduct home visits, assist with students on home instruction, support students with school avoidance issues, and support parents in getting their children to school.
Section 504 Accommodation Plans
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The central purpose of 504 Plans is to give eligible students access to the same education their peers are getting. A 504 plan is not considered to be “special education.”
504 plans are designed to assist students with physical or mental impairments to learn alongside their peers by removing barriers to learning. To meet the criteria for Section 504 protection, a child must: have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; have a record of such impairment; or be regarded as having such an impairment. Some examples of impairments which may substantially limit major life activities, even with the help of medication or aids/devices, are: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blindness or visual impairment, cancer, deafness or hearing impairment, diabetes, epilepsy, and anxiety. The list of major life activities under Section 504 includes, but is not limited to; caring for one's self, walking, seeing, hearing, learning , sleeping , standing, reading and concentrating.
While having a disability is one reason for referral to the Section 504 Committee, there must be a functional impairment evident in the child’s ability to learn or access school programs in order to qualify for a Section 504 Plan.
Parents or school staff can request a 504 meeting by contacting the 504 Committee in the student’s home school. If the parent is unsure who the 504 Chairperson is, the principal of the school can be contacted. The parent must put the request for a meeting in writing. The 504 Committee will then schedule a meeting and determine if the student is eligible and to determine if a 504 plan is needed.
Understood.org a great resource for parents on topics related to learning and behavior
Click here for 504 resources
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
School Social Work Association of America
Grieving Students, Transitions and Covid-19
Mental Health Support Agencies
Psychiatry / Mental Health
The Guidance Center of Westchester
Westchester Jewish Community Services
with locations in Hartsdale, Yonkers, and Mt. Vernon
HOPE Community Services Food Pantry
The Sharing Shelf - Westchester Clothing Bank for Children
Hope’s Door (Domestic Violence): 1-888-438-8700 (24 Hours)
St. Vincent’s Crisis : (914) 925-5959
The Sanctuary (temporary shelter): 1-888-997-1583 or 1-877-540-7680
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 988 https://988lifeline.org
Sexual Assault Hotline: Call 1-800-659-4373
Weekly Parent Pandemic Support: email@example.com
COVID Related Support - St. Vincent’s: (914) 925-5959
Preparing to Enter the Workforce
Work Permit Applications
The application is available here (Form AT-17)
Where to send completed work permit applications:
Applications must be mailed to the address below or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The City School District of New Rochelle
Department of Pupil Services
515 North Avenue, 3rd FL
New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
Work Permit Application, signed by the Parent/Guardian (Form AT-17)
Proof of Physical Exam (within the last 12 months)
Form from your Private Physician OR
Form from your School Nurse
Proof of Age (one of the following--Copies only)
Learner’s Permit or Driver’s License
Resident Immigrant Card
No Social Security Cards
Review and Return
After review, you will receive the work permit in the mail
Please have the student to sign it immediately
Incomplete application packets will hold up the process for receiving the permit