Counseling services are available to all students at Ocala Springs Elementary School. The counselor is a special resource person on whom parents may wish to call. The counselor holds conferences with students, parents, teachers and administrators, and works with county and state agencies in carrying out a comprehensive guidance program. Such programs include orientation, testing of students and helping students identify and solve their personal and academic problems. These programs are further designed to help the student adjust both socially and intellectually to present day needs.
The MCPS Student Services Department provides comprehensive support services to students and their families so that all students will come to school, stay in school and engage in learning. The main functions of the department are to support are listed below. If you would like to know about one or more of these resources please contact our guidance department at (352) 671-6364.
- Academic, career and personal/social competencies
- Physical and mental health well-being
- Early childhood education
- Network with community agencies
- Parent education and staff training
- Visit students' homes to work with families
- Attendance intervention and truancy reduction
- 504 compliance
- Exceptional Student Education
- Home school
- Alternative schools
- Code of Student Conduct
During the school year, all students are eligible to participate in certain health services. Health screenings including vision, hearing, and scoliosis will be conducted at various grade levels. Parents will be notified if these screenings indicate need for follow-up.
If a parent does not wish for his/her child to participate in these screenings, the parent needs to send a written note to the Principal on a yearly basis requesting that the child be excluded from participation. Health services begin the first week of school. Parents are encouraged to call the school if they have health concerns regarding their child. The visiting school health nurses come once a month to provide health counseling, health education, and assistance with medical referrals and necessary follow-up.