OFFICE OF PUPIL SERVICES
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The Office of Pupil Services consists of a variety of programs that
offer direct services to Mercer County students, specifically:
Associated forms may be obtained by clicking on titles shown in red.
► Helping Your Child with Organization and Study Skills – Ideally, children should begin to learn organization and study skills in the early elementary grades. However, it is never too late to help your child develop these skills.
► Home/Hospital Instruction – for students with a major medical condition or short term debilitating injury, neither of which can be accommodated in the regular school setting. Mercer County Policy I-11 is the authority for Home/Hospital Instruction.
► Home School – for students whose parent or guardian wishes to educated their child or children in the home setting. Minimum requirements include proof of high school diploma or GED credential. Assessment or portfolio evaluation must be obtained on an annual basis, and are submitted to the school district in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11. Mercer County Policy I-3 and WV Code 18-8-1 are the authority for Home School Instruction.
► School Health Services (click here for a list of forms)– A staff of seven school nurses, each of whom are RN’s and hold a BSN, offer direct nursing services to students in the school setting. Each nurse is assigned to four-six schools and visit each on a weekly basis. To reach your child’s school nurse contact the school office or for non-emergencies you may leave a voice mail message at 304-384-3622 or a fax at 304-384-3044.
► Click Here to see a copy of Mercer County Schools Local Wellness Plan. It was developed by the Mercer County Wellness Committee. The goals are based on nutrition education and physical activity.
► Attendance – Compulsory school attendance is enforced by Mercer County’s Attendance Director who may be reached at 304-487-1551, ext. 1227 or ext. 1231. Mercer County Policy J-10 and WV Code 18-2-5, 18-5-15 and 18-8-1 through 18-8-10 are the authority for attendance matters.
► Section 504 - accommodations are provided for qualifying disabled students who meet the federal eligibility guidelines. If you have questions about Section 504, contact the Coordinator of Pupil Services at 304-487-1551, ext. 1245.
► Student Assistance Team (SAT) - The SAT is a school team, which includes the parent and, when appropriate, the student, in a positive, problem solving, intervention process. It assists students by ensuring that the school and community are doing everything possible to make students school lives successful.
► Bullying – Mercer County Schools takes the problem of bullying very seriously. This page link will be dedicated to the elimination of bullying in our schools.
Alternative Education – Mercer County Schools offers a variety of alternative education programs:
► Alternative Learning Centers (2 locations) – serve students in grades 6-8 who are referred by the school administration and approved for enrollment by the Mercer County Alternative Education Committee.
► Alternative Education Program – serve students in grades 9-12 who are referred by the school administration and approved for enrollment by the Mercer County Alternative Education Committee.
► Expelled Education Services – serves expelled students in grades 6-12 through a virtual home based program.
► Second Chance – In an effort to reduce the drop-out rate and reclaim students who leave school and later wish to return, Mercer County Schools has instituted the Second Chance Program. This program is designed specifically for students who wish to re-enroll after dropping out and desire to earn credits toward a traditional or modified diploma.
For details and eligibility information, contact the Coordinator of Pupil Services at 304-487-1551, ext. 1245.
For more details and eligibility information, as well as information about all of Mercer County’s alternative education programs, contact the Coordinator of Pupil Services at 304-487-1551, ext. 1245.