Position is responsible for providing services to assigned schools in the investigation and counseling of students with excessive attendance problems. Position enforces the provisions of the Code of Virginia attendance Law, institutes legal proceedings, and presents case information to court services. Position assesses students and families, interprets attendance policies, works as a lead interdisciplinary team member to develop prevention/intervention strategies, provides case management, monitors student progress, and makes referrals.
Interprets the Virginia State Code, court rulings, and the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook relating to student attendance laws and school board policy.
Gathers and reviews attendance data to identify students who are excessively truant.
Acts as a resource to administrators, school counselors, teachers, and health services personnel at assigned school(s) regarding attendance programs, interpretation of attendance policies/laws, and record keeping requirements.
Consult with teachers and other school personnel to obtain information regarding student attendance andimpact on academic success.
Gather background information on students by making home visits, conducting interviews, and reviewing school records.
Serve as a member of the interdisciplinary assessment team assigned to the school and works as a team lead to develop intervention plans.
Communicate the intervention plan findings and recommendations to teachers and other school personnel as needed.
Assists with implementing truancy prevention programs for assigned schools and recommends strategies to support and improve regular school attendance.
Perform casework services with students and families to help resolve issues impacting student’s attendance.
Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, human services, or a related field with some related experience providing services for school aged children; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the noted knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of attendance laws/regulations, intervention/prevention strategies, and referral sources. Must possess excellent assessment, case management, interpersonal, and communications skills. Must possess the ability to interpret/communicate school attendance law and provide support activities for students and their families. Must be able to work with minimal daily supervision. Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with student, parents, staff, and outside agencies.
The Newport News Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy and childbirth, marital status or any other basis prohibited by law. (Reference: School Board Policies 2-33, 4-4, and 4-6).