Student Support Services
Student support services, also known as "student services" or "pupil services," include prevention, intervention, transition and follow-up services for students and families. Student support services professionals provide direct services for all children and youth, especially those who are experiencing problems that create barriers to learning. Direct services are provided by means such as education, counseling, consultation and individual assessment. In addition, student support services personnel provide in-service training, parent education, community collaboration and carry out student service program management. Student support services are a vital part of comprehensive school program success.
- School Psychologist
- Section 504
- Social Worker
- School Counselors
- Extended School Year (ESY)/ Summer School
- Homebound Instruction
Every school has a school psychologist who provides mental health support and services to students. This appears through mandated and as-need individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, and IEP development. They conduct classroom observations and use data to support behavior plans and various research-based interventions. Additionally, are responsible for managing and conducting psychoeducational evaluations to classified students and attend planning and placement team (PPT) meetings for both special education and general education students. The psychologist works closely with guidance counselors, social workers, teachers, administrators, and SAT/PRT teams to ensure the social and behavioral needs of all students. They offer parent workshops and communicate with outside providers in order to provide consistent, appropriate services to each individualized student.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, an individual must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Greenwich Public Schools recognize a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel, students, parents and members of the public who participate in school sponsored programs. In this regard, the Greenwich Public Schools prohibits discrimination against any person with a disability in any of the programs operated by the school system.
Please click here to download our comprehensive district "Guide to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act". If you have questions, and your child attends elementary school, please contact your child's school administrator or school psychologist. For students attending Central, Eastern or Western Middle School or Greenwich High School, please contact your child's school counselor.
Click here to download the Office of Civil Rights "Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" (Dec. 2016).
All Greenwich students have access to the services provided by the district's social workers.
They work closely with families, school counselors, psychologists, teachers, and administrators to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
At the secondary level, social workers also work closely with the guidance counselor and administrators to support students as they access the curriculum and work toward resolution of personal and interpersonal concern and plan for beyond high school.
The social workers and other mental health service providers in the district work closely with families, community organizations such as Department of Child & Family Services (DCF), Greenwich Department of Social Services, the Youth Service Council, School Readiness Council and others to ensure a comprehensive and individualized approach to the social emotional well-being of all students.
Each student in our district's secondary schools is assigned a School Counselor who works with them throughout grades 6-8 and 9-12. The counselors offer a variety of special and general services to all students. Through individual advisement, small group counseling, classroom activities, and presentations to staff and parent communities, the school counselors support each student's academic, college, career, personal and interpersonal development.
School counselors also function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student's goals, abilities, and any areas needing improvement. Our counselors are a key school resource in helping students to structure post-high school plans and encouraging them to take advantage of the opportunities and supports available in school and in the community.
Extended school year (ESY) are services provided beyond the length of the regular school year as described in the IEP and is provided at no cost to the parents. Eligibility for ESY must be determined each year for individual students who may be eligible to receive these services. For more information on the summer school program