Center for Access and Accommodative Services
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.
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