Jacqueline R. Naves
Pupil Personnel Services
Nanette A. Betts
What is a Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW)?
A Pupil Personnel Worker is a highly trained specialist who assesses student needs, serves as a student advocate, and acts as a motivating force in removing barriers to student achievement. In Prince George's County, each PPW serves both elementary and secondary schools. Additionally, there are eleven (11) Pupil Personnel Services Transition Workers who are very experienced and serve to support both the supervisory staff in planning and providing training for our Pupil Personnel Workers, as well as serving to support the entire staff in adhering to appropriate guidelines, policies and procedures. All Pupil Personnel Workers strive to address circumstances that impact student achievement.
What Do Pupil Personnel Workers Do?
The role of the Pupil Personnel Worker may be divided into four major job functions:
Advocate for students
Consult to school staff, parents/guardians on a variety of issues such as attendance, discipline, residency, counseling, and crisis intervention
Serve as a liaison between the home, school, and community as well as between various departments within Prince George's County Public Schools.
Serve as Case Manager for students requiring interventions such as special education, alternative placements, referral to community agencies, and those who require disciplinary interventions
How Do Pupil Personnel Workers Function Within the Schools?As part of the Prince George's County Public Schools, Pupil Personnel Workers serve on various committees throughout the academic year and perform activities such as:
- Serve as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Teams (with Administrators, Professional School Counselors, School Psychologists, Health Services).
Serve as a member of the School Instructional Team.
Provide in-service training to students and staff on subjects such as: The Code of Student Conduct, Child Abuse and Neglect, Sexual Harassment.
Serve as a resource to administrators, staff, parents and students to interpret and implement both school system Administrative Policies and Procedures as well as federal and state laws.
Conduct home and community visits to develop strong partnerships with students and parents/guardians.
Serve to ensure that schools are effectively implementing existing policy regarding student attendance, and make appropriate referrals beyond the building level. PGCPS Attendance Policy
Investigate expressed concerns from both PGCPS and community sources.
The Pupil Personnel Worker serves as the designee of the Superintendent of Schools to ensure the equitable implementation of the Code of Student Conduct / Code of Student Conduct (Spanish). The Pupil Personnel Worker investigates all requests for long-term suspensions (those longer than five (5) school days), and either denies or tentatively approves such requests. If the initial request is tentativel approved, the PPW schedules and chairs a suspension resolution conference to hear all parties, after which a determination is made as to how to resolve the suspension. In matters relating to requests for expulsion from school, the Pupil Personnel Worker investigates the request and prepares an Expulsion Investigation Report which is then forwarded to the Superintendent of Schools.