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Personal Attendant Policy

Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) are individuals who are hired to assist a person with personal needs of daily living such as eating, toileting, handling school supplies, etc. If a student needs a PCA, it is the student’s responsibility to recruit, interview, hire, train, pay, etc. the PCA.

 

PCAs Role on Campus:

  • Should be restricted to the personal care needs for which he/she was hired.
  • Before the start of each class session, PCAs are allowed to assist the student with preparing for class such as finding their seat and getting materials out for use.
  • After the teacher has dismissed the class, PCAs are allowed to assist the student with putting their supplies and materials away and exiting the room.
  • PCAs are not allowed to remain in the classroom once the class begins.
  • May wait for the student in the hall near the classroom.

 

CAAS Suggests the following:

  • The student begins the process of hiring a PCA well in advance of registering and attending classes.
  • Before interviewing, make a list of specific needs such as duties, time schedule and compensation.
  • Consider employing a back-up PCA to be on-call when a substitute is needed.
  • If you are a Department of Human Services client, check with your counselor to see if you are eligible for financial assistance with PCA expenses.