The Educational Support Services and Parent Relations Department provides a broad range of nonacademic support services for students in grades K–12 to assist them in maximizing their educational experiences and academic potential. The department also assists parents in supporting the needs of students by providing information and services to support the educational process.
SCHOOL COUNSELING—WSR SOCIAL WORKERS
School counselors and whole school reform social workers are responsible for providing comprehensive school and counseling services for all schools in the district. School counselors and social workers conduct large group lessons in interpersonal skills development, conflict resolution, career orientation, achievement motivation, and other affective support services. Social workers provide a link between home, school, and community service in the form of management, scheduling, and testing to help students come to terms with the many career choices available to them.
All elementary and middle schools have a full time school counselor and/or social workers. The services they offer are designed to impart assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children.
At the high school level, school counselors focus on student academic progress, scheduling, college/vocational awareness, and the application process for post-high school studies. Our middle school and high school programs also enable students and their families to overcome social and personal challenges, which impede learning.
THE SAFE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The Safe and Drug-free Schools Program (SDFS) provides a comprehensive spectrum of programs and services that promote resiliency in students and foster safe, disciplined, and drug-free school climates that are conducive to student success. The SDFS program assists the district, individual schools, and community partners to plan, develop, and implement programs and strategies that are directed toward:
- Preventing the illegal use, possession, and distribution of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs by students
- Preventing violence in and around schools, promoting school safety
- Responding to the needs of students affected by substance abuse or violence
- Promoting the involvement of parents and the community in prevention efforts
- Multi-system emergency response/crisis management plans that address needs utilizing prevention, intervention, and post-event strategies within a holistic community context
- Promoting positive student and social and emotional development
The SDFS program also provides information and referral; case management; community advocacy and outreach; consultation to parents, staff, and students; workshops; professional development for staff; wellness and prevention programs, activities, and assemblies for students; short-term counseling for students by certified staff; and a lending library of books, tapes, and other materials for use by students, staff, and parents.
TEMPORARILY DISPLACED/HOMELESS STUDENTS
Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, families in temporary living situations whose children are attending East Orange schools must complete the enrollment registration process for the school year through the ESS & PR department. We will place students challenged by displaced living situations in district schools and arrange transportation services as outlined by the Education Stability Law.
East Orange families who become displaced over the summer may continue to send their children to the school selected via the registration process. Displaced parents new to the district may select a school of choice for their children; however should the selected school not have openings in that grade, we will place the student(s) in a school with available seats.
The goals of the district’s parent relations program are to:
- Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills and to enhance parental understanding of child and adolescent developmental processes, setting home conditions that support children’s academic and social-emotional needs for each age and grade level
- Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to school communications
- Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs
- Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-linked activities and decisions
- Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, committees, and other parent organizations
- Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT & PARENT RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
|Dr. Kelly T. Williams
College and Career Counselor
Counselor Trainer, McKinney- Vento/DCP&P Liaison
Student Assistance Coordinator
We have a wide variety of programs available to our district’s families, including:
- Community Resources
- Food Insecure/Backpack Program
- HIB/Violence and Vandalism Anti-Bullying
- McKinney-Vento Homeless/Displaced
- Parent Engagement Activities
- Safe and Drug Free Schools
- Transportation (in-district, out-of-district, charter, vocational, homeless/displaced)