Office of Student Services

Rosemary P. Choice, Director

Contact (803) 625-5014

Jloundia Johnson – Student Data Manager/Powerschool/Attendance

Contact (803) 625-5024

The Student Services Department provides courteous and supportive assistance to students, parents, and school personnel that promote student achievement and facilitate personal growth.  Assistance is available in the areas of social work, homelessness, family literacy, pregnant and parenting teens, Interagency Intervention, school safety and emergency preparedness.




To assist students who are experiencing problems that interferes with achieving their highest academic potential.


  • Strengthen and support the learning process by identifying, assessing and resolving barriers that interfere with a students’ academic achievement, attendance and school adjustment
  • Maximize educational opportunity for all students
  • Promote and enhance services that strengthen the home, school and community partnerships

Services Provided by School Social Workers:

  • Arrange parent conferences, including transportation, if needed
  • Assist in securing clothes, shoes and medical care for students
  • Connect parents to appropriate community agencies
  • Serve as a liaison between the home, school and community
  • Promote regular attendance through early interventions
  • Provide information on child abuse & neglect
  • Consult and collaborate with school personnel
  • Develop and provide training and educational programs for parents and school staff

Homeless Education


In December of 2001, Congress made stronger a law giving children and youth in homeless situation the right to go to school, no matter where they live there.  The law is called the McKinney-Vento Act, and it gives children and youth in homeless situation the right to:

  • Stay in their school even if they move
  • Enroll in a new school without proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other papers
  • Get transportation to school
  • Go to pre-school programs
  • Get all the school services they need
  • Have disagreements with schools settled quickly
  • Go to the school they choose while disagreements are settled

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law, passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness.  Part of the law protects the rights of children and youth who are homeless to go to school.  The law says that a child or youth without a fixed, regular and adequate residence is homeless.  It does not matter how long the child or youth has been without a home.  It also does not matter if the child or youth is living with a parent or is separated from parents.  Under the Act, students are homeless if they are:

  • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can’t afford a home;
  • Staying in a motel or hotel;
  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter;
  • Staying in a substandard housing;
  • Living in a car, park, public place, abandoned building or bus or train station;
  • Awaiting foster care placement;
  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home;
  • Abandoned in a hospital;
  • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter

Migrant children, pre-school children, and youth on their own are covered if they fit into one of these categories.  Runaway youth can be considered homeless even if their families want them to come home.  Students who live in any public or private place that is not supposed to be a regular residence is covered.




The Early Childhood Development and Academic Assistance Act (Act 135) requires that funds generated be used to provide family literacy programs with the overall purpose of supporting parents/guardians of children ages 0-5 years in their role as the principal teachers of their preschool children.  Programs must be designed to serve children, parents (or guardians), and parents and children together as a family unit.  School districts must provide comprehensive family literacy programs that address intergenerational cycles of poverty through adult educational, early childhood and parenting education.


The goal of family literacy is to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of the state’s low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.


Pregnant and Parenting Teen

These students will be assessed to determine their individual needs and connect them with district and community resources and services. The goal is to not have a repeated pregnancy during their high school career and to improve their opportunity for promotion and graduation.

Interagency Intervention

The Interagency Intervention Team help students currently experiencing problems or those at-risk to succeed in school and complete their education.  The district collaborates with several agencies throughout the county.

School Safety and Emergency Preparedness

This primary task is the coordination of emergency preparedness and response for the entire district. The District-Wide Emergency Management Guide was developed and is annually updated by this office in consultation with local First Responder agencies and emergency planners. Support is provided to school administrators in the coordination of training and conducting of drills.