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Student Support Services

School Social Workers

The Riverhead School District recognizes that over the years there has been an increase in the economic, educational, and social challenges that our families have had to face.  In response to these needs the RCSD social workers assist families and students in addressing common concerns – not just of the exceptional child, but of all children. The Riverhead School District social workers function as a link between home, school and community in order to promote the educational and overall success of our students.  They understand the impacts of social, family and economic challenges on the learning process of our students, and intervene when necessary.  

In addition, our social workers (often in conjunction with community based supports) will strengthen the students’ learning opportunities, achievements, and social-emotional functioning to support the student’s educational success by providing the following services:

  • Assisting families with identifying the appropriate community services and resources.
  • Providing school based counseling to students who have problems adjusting to the instructional school day and its demands.
  • Facilitating individual and group support sessions.
  • Consulting with teachers, administrators, and families regarding classroom and school based behaviors that are affecting our student’s performance.
  • Acting as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Responding to crises by providing the necessary support.
  • Enhancing the student’s understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds as well as an understanding of self.

School Psychologist

The Riverhead School District is aware that in order for some of our children to succeed they will need academic, social, behavioral, and emotional support and that there are times that individual interventions are necessary. Our district wide School Psychologists take this responsibility and collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. Our School Psychologists ensure that we are accurately meeting the needs of our children by:

  • Creating instructional plans that increase student achievement by overcoming barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning.
  •  Identifying and addressing learning and behavior deficits that interfere with the student’s academic success.
  •  Evaluate eligibility for special education services in conjunction with the building’s Instructional Support Team.
  • Evaluating and supporting a students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health as it relates to academic success.