Pickens County Schools Student Services Team
The Student Services Department plays a central role in helping to increase communication between the school, community and the home. Student Services is comprised of the School Social Worker, WhitneyCarnes; Attendance Officer, Shelley Cantrell; Lead School Nurse, Kimberly Parker; and Administrative Assistant, Cindy Pope. We are located at 100 D. B. Carroll Street, Jasper, Georgia 30143, within the Central Office of the Board of Education. Our hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We can be contacted by phone at 706-253-1700 or via the e-mail addresses below.
Student Service Department TEAM supports the following:
Attendance Support Services and Truancy Referrals
Serving all court subpoenas and truancy ordinance tickets (SRO)
Juvenile and Drug Court
Attendance Protocol Requirements
Ombudsman and North Star Support
School Nurse Support (Alice Qualls ) - Head Nurse located at Jasper Elementary School
School Counselor Support
Disciplinary Tribunal Hearings and Training
Hospital Homebound Services
McKinney Vento Homeless Act
Referrals to Community Resources
Code of Conduct
Mental Health Referrals
Yearly Child Abuse and Suicide Training
Home visits as needed
Weekend Snack Program
Every Day Counts for Attendance
One vital aspect of academic achievement is student attendance. When students are absent they miss the school engagement that occurs in a classroom. They miss the opportunity to participate in activities and to ask questions. Success in school requires regular, punctual attendance. Regular attendance has been linked to higher achievement, stronger bonds to the school and community, lower rates of delinquent and high risk behavior, and increased participation in higher education.
Families, schools and communities must work together to support school attendance. Nothing can lead to positive results more than working collaboratively to improve academic achievement. Parents who make regular school attendance a priority are also helping their children learn to accept responsibility. Attendance patterns are formed early in life and have an impact throughout a child’s academic career and in the work force. Together, we can build a community that supports, prepares and inspires all students to contribute and excel.
Tips for Improving Attendance
Good attendance benefits your child’s education. Students who miss a day of school not only miss instruction, but must make up missed work and catch up with new material at the same time. To improve attendance, make education a family priority and emphasize the important role education plays throughout life.
The school bus is a consistent way to ensure your child arrives at school in a timely manner. Arriving late can be disruptive for your child, the teacher and the other children in the class.
Monitor your child’s attendance through the Parent Portal to keep track of absences. If an absence is marked incorrectly please contact the school attendance data clerk. Students must submit a note or parents must fax or email to the school within 5 school days for the student’s absence to be considered excused.
There are 180 school days out of 365 days in a year; therefore, families are encouraged to take vacations during the summer recess or other school breaks throughout the year. Vacations are not considered excused absences.
Keep in mind that patterns are formed early. It is more difficult to break a bad habit (children begging to stay home from school “just this once”) than saying “no” in the beginning.
If there are reasons why your child is not coming to school (school phobia, relationships with peers, academic difficulties), please contact your school counselor so that the underlying issue can be addressed.
Thank you for supporting your child’s education by encouraging good school attendance!
How You Can Help:
- Copy and paste the attendance slogan on your newsletter, business website and/or correspondence.
- Post the slogan in your business
- Talk to students who come in your business during school hours….ask why they are not in school.
- Become a sponsor for the perfect attendance t-shirts
- Donate attendance incentive items for the schools to be given away
- Parents can post the attendance slogan on the refrigerator to remind their student of the importance of being in school every day
- Request to be a business partner of the Attendance Protocol Committee