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In schools, support staff consists of a variety of members who provide specialized instructional support as well as support for students while they are using school facilities.

The special instructional support staff includes guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and school nurses.

The school support staff is integral to ensuring that students learn in a safe and supportive environment.


It is common for staff members to have extensive community networks and strong collaborative relationships with external stakeholders whom they may leverage to provide additional resources to students. Frequently, instructional support staff members hold advanced training or degrees in counseling, and their training can be beneficial to teachers, staff, and families.


By fostering positive relationships with students and engaging parents and families, teachers can effectively enhance the overall school climate. Support staff can model positive behavior and send positive messages to students as they interact with them frequently throughout the school day.

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