Home and School Visitor

Role of the Home and School Visitor

  • The primary responsibility is to enforce the provisions of the compulsory school attendance laws of Pennsylvania for grades K-12. Compulsory attendance requirements include: Entry into 1st grade (no later than age 8) through age 17 or until graduation.
  • Serve as a liaison for homeless children and youths through the McKinney-Vento Act. This federal act requires educational agencies to ensure that homeless youths have equal access to the same free and appropriate public education provided to all children. The law also requires Child Welfare and the School District to work together to promote school stability and continuity for children experiencing homelessness.
  • Serves as a liaison between the school district and outside agencies such as: police departments, juvenile probation, homeless shelters, and residential treatment programs.
  • Consult and collaborate with building principals, school psychologists, school counselors, nurses, and classroom teachers in accessing the needs of individual students having difficulty in school.
  • Attends SAP (Student Assistance Program), CST (Child Study Team) meetings at WHS and WMS, and TEP (Truancy Elimination Plan) meetings.
  • Refers students to alternative schools (including parenting and pregnancy programs).
  • Providing families with assistance and information regarding community resources (financial assistance, medical assistance etc.) See below for more details.

View community services and resources available through the Wissahickon School District and partner agencies/organizations to support families with financial need.


Kevin Witchey
Home and School Visitor