Polk County Public Schools takes a whole-child approach in all it does, supporting the development of students not only academically, but also physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. School psychologists are integral to meeting our students’ mental and emotional needs.
Most school psychologists are typically assigned on a regular basis to three or four schools. Their primary responsibilities are focused on meeting the district’s Child Find responsibilities for ESE eligibility. School psychologists also support schools in the implementation of a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework by participating in various school teams, collaborating with key stakeholders and assisting with data analysis. MTSS provides for high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs. For more information on MTSS, visit florida-rti.org/floridaMTSS/mtf.htm.
Some school psychologists have developed additional skills in assessment and support for low-incidence populations, spectrum disorders, behavior change, individual or group counseling, and crisis assessment/intervention.
For more information about the role of a school psychologist, please see this video: The ABC’s of School Psychology.
The ABC’s of School Psychology
Polk County Public Schools is committed to cultural diversity. We believe we benefit from our varied backgrounds and beliefs. School psychologists support children and families from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, transgender status or gender identity), disability (including HIV, AIDS, or Sickle cell trait), pregnancy, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, language spoken, homelessness, ancestry, or genetic information, which are classes protected by state and/or federal law.
As an integral part of the Student Services Department, Psychological Services is managed and supervised by a district-level administrator with training and experience in school psychology.
National Association of School Psychologists – Who Are School Psychologists?
Florida Association of School Psychologists – Resources for Families