Pupil Personnel and Attendance Services

counselingPupil personnel workers (PPWs) help place students who need program adjustment. They act as case managers for identified students, making program changes and monitoring progress.

PPWs collaborate with administrators, parents, counselors and teachers, and use knowledge of MCPS programs and community resources to determine interventions and placement for students.

We recognize and value the role families play in the educational success of students and can help you with questions or concerns that may arise throughout the school year. PPWs can be contacted by calling their assigned school, or by contacting Pupil Personnel and Attendance Servies at 301-315-7335.

2018-2019 Pupil Personnel Worker Assignments by School Name

2018-2019 Pupil Personnel Worker Assignments by Staff Name

What We Do

PPWs provide service and assistance to students, families and schools in the following four areas:

  • Advocate for all students.
  • Consult with school staff and parents on a variety of issues.
  • Serve as a liaison between various departments within MCPS.
  • Refer staff and families to outside agencies and community service providers.

As an advocate we:

  • Support student rights and responsibilities.
  • Foster understanding and collaborative efforts among home, school, and community.
  • Problem solve and identify prevention and early intervention strategies for student success through a collaborative action process.
  • Manage cases for home schooling, change of school assignment requests and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Assist with case management for program placement outside the home school.
  • Work with parents and school staff to assess and support the needs of homeless families.

As a liaison we:

  • Work with school staff to help maintain a positive home-school connection through strategies such as home visits and conferences.
  • Provide crisis support services to school staff, students, and families.
  • Collaborate with schools to facilitate student intake conferences.
  • Interpret policies and regulations for students and families.
  • Assist in accessing home and hospital teaching services, as appropriate.
  • Conduct home instruction reviews.
  • Assist in the case management process for students referred to the Department of Health and Human Services and Juvenile Justice Services.

As a consultant we:

  • Assist with the interpretation of MCPS policies and regulations, as well as federal, state, and local laws.
  • Collaborate with school staff in developing interventions to address chronic attendance issues and dropout prevention.
  • Collaborate with families and school staff to access MCPS and community programs designed to prevent, intervene in, and treat alcohol and other drug use.
  • Work with school staff and families to identify, investigate and resolve residency and guardianship issues.
  • Assist in the special education identification and placement process.
  • Work with school staff to provide training on a variety of topics identified as needs.
  • Refer students, families, and school staff to community resources.