In Elk Grove Unified School District, the fifth largest school district in the state of California with a student population averaging 63,000 students per year, we have school psychologists assigned anywhere from two to five days a week in all 42 elementary schools, and 25 secondary schools. In addition, we cover 3 alternative high schools, and various programs including Charter, Pre-K, Emotional Disturbance, Autism, and Educationally Related Mental Health Services. Each psychologist on staff has at least one site assigned to them or may have a combination of sites and programs they have a responsibility to cover. In the course of their time spent at their sites and programs, our psychologists may be assessing for special education eligibility, counseling students, conducting threat assessments, observing students in order to help develop behavior intervention plans, consulting with administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and outside agencies, taking part in PBIS interventions, and attending various meetings at their sites ranging from Student Study Teams, to 504s, to IEPs.
The following information from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), explains more about the role of a school psychologist.