Griffin Spalding County School System Psychological Services
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  • Consult with Student Support Teams, school administration, school counselors, and parents regarding circumstances involving  individual  students.
  • As requested by school personnel, consult with individual teachers regarding effective strategies for helping students learn more efficiently. 
  • Work with other school system personnel to develop programs to help prevent learning and behavioral difficulties in the classroom.
  • Conduct thorough psychoeducational evaluations for students referred to Psychological Services by Student Support Teams and IEP Teams.
  • Participate in individual and group counseling sessions as requested by school personnel.
  • Intervene in crisis situations as needed.
  • Develop and lead parent groups involving such topics as effective discipline, study skills, grandparenting, and understanding various disorders including ADHD, anxiety, and depression.  
  • Provide information for system-wide initiatives and programs.
  • Participate in professional development activities that contribute to the excellence of services provided by the school system.
  • Consult with school psychologists from other school systems regarding the needs of students transferring in and/or out of system.
  • Collaborate with outside agencies to provide necessary support to students.
 

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.  Section 504 is a nondiscrimination statute, not a funding statute, which protects the civil and constitutional rights of persons with disabilities.  

Under Section 504, a person with a handicap is defined as anyone who:
  • Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Has a record of such an impairment.
  • Is regarded as having such impairment.
Major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, communicating, standing, eating, lifting, working, reading, concentrating, thinking, sleeping, bending, learning and working. A major life activity for children and adolescents of school age is learning.

The decision regarding whether or not to identify a student under Section 504 is made on a case-by-case basis.  The Section 504 committee reviews each student’s individual information to determine whether there is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.  The committee is made up of individuals that are knowledgeable about the requirements of Section 504.  The committee considers the nature and severity of the impairment, its duration or expected duration, and the long-term impact of the impairment on the student’s opportunity to access and benefit from programs and activities offered by the district.  If a student is found eligible, the committee will develop a Section 504 Accommodation Plan to provide appropriate accommodations to assist the student with accessing district programs and activities. 

Please refer to the Notice of Rights and Procedural Safeguards for more information.