Pupil Services are systems of supports to the regular educational programs of the Avoca School District. Many different types of programs and services are available through the Pupil Services Department. The services provided are intended to assist students in dealing with educational challenges and other factors which may impact their learning or educational experience at Avoca. They include English Language Learners (EL), special education, intervention services, and school nursing services.
The Pupil Services Department conducts and directs activities on an annual and on-going basis to identify and provide for the needs of children (ages 3-14) who may have a disability which interferes with learning and requires special education and/or related services, including Speech/Language. A full continuum of services is offered in order to meet each child’s free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for all children identified for special education services.
At times, students may require less formalized assistance in order to meet their potential. Intervention services range from consultations to teacher and/or parents, in-class support, resource room assistance, and special instructional classes. Diagnostic services to assist in educational planning are provided when specific testing or evaluations are necessary to provide support. All services are coordinated with the regular classroom program and parents are an important partner in this process. Services are accessed through a problem-solving process. Teachers and parents may contact the Pupil Services Team in their building to request assistance. The Pupil Services Team (consisting of professional staff from a variety of disciplines) meets to discuss the concern(s)and makes recommendations(s) for further action.
The Pupil Services Department provides services to identify and meet the individual needs and interests of Avoca students in the school setting. These services are available to all students and may be requested by parents as well as school personnel. Parental permission is received by the Pupil Services Department for specific Pupil Services Department testing other than an educational screening and for any type of direct service a student may receive from department personnel.
Questions regarding the availability of Pupil Services should be directed to Dawn Scaramuzza, Administrative Assistant to the Pupil Services Department; Terry Sofianos, Director of Pupil Services; or Brigid Ohlwein, EL Coordinator. The Pupil Services office can be reached at (847) 728-4142.