Parish’s child welfare office open to serve parents, students

By Anastasia Semien

Parents who have a child in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System should undoubtedly get to know this group of people.

The Office of Child Welfare and Attendance serves as an advocate for students and works with parents, students, schools and community agencies to help with an array of issues that ensure the success of students in the parish. CWA assists with many issues such as attendance, truancy, address verification and registration.

Working with the Truancy Assessment and Service Center, Juvenile Services, and the District Attorney’s office, CWA is the link between the schools, families, and community agencies.

A supervisor is assigned to each school. They play an important role in the school system because they are usually the “go to”people should a situation arise that the school is unable to handle.

Many parents are introduced to CWA when their child has an expulsion hearing that comes before one of the hearing officers or they appeal a suspension, but this office handles much more than that. On any given day, countless situations pass through this office, many of which they must exercise sound judgment to resolve or refer to other offices.

Aleshia Taylor, CWA director, said that the job is “eclectic.”

“It takes a variety of styles, personalities and ideas to meet the needs of the variety of styles, personalities, ideas and individual, family issues that we each encounter.”She said that this is the type of job where the supervisors are compelled to employ many different kinds of techniques to handle the diverse situations that they face.

“Though each of us may agree that our role is to assist in helping the child succeed, our methods and approaches may vary completely,” Taylor said.

Truancy is a major concern in the EBRPSS. Although the attendance rate was around 95 percent as of late 2011, there are still those students and parents who do not take school attendance seriously.
CWA also helps enforce the Louisiana Compulsory School Attendance Law. These supervisors make sure that schools and students follow the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook as well. As their name implies, their main focus is to remove any obstacle preventing regular school and attendance or that hinder EBRPSS students’ well-being.

Their office is located at 2875 Michelli Drive and open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM. The phone number is (225) 226-3463.

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