• School Social Workers (SSWs) are liaisons between the home, school, and community. They work to promote students’ access to educational services and academic success. SSWs provide direct services to students both individually and in groups. Additionally, they advocate for and with parents to increase involvement and improve their understanding of their child’s education. Our school social workers collaborate with professionals in the educational system and community to develop and implement effective programming to meet the academic, behavioral, and social needs of students.

    Upon referral our SSWs work diligently to provide students and families with access to basic needs such as clothing, food, financial assistance, mental health services, and medical services. Much of the work they do is behind the scenes or confidential in nature and is always approached with the intent of recognizing the strengths and potential of the children and families served.

    School Social Workers Help Students... School Social Workers Help Families...
    • Increase academic success
    • Cope with crisis situations
    • Resolve conflicts without violence
    • Improve attendance
    • Build self-discipline
    • Develop healthy lifestyles
    • Improve interpersonal relationships
    • Remain in school and graduate
    • Participate more fully in their children's education, through parent contacts, conferences, and home visits
    • Develop realistic expectations and ways of caring for their children which are age and developmentally appropriate
    • Identify and meet their children's social and emotional needs
    • Monitor their child's homework and attendance
    School Social Workers Help Educators... School Social Workers Help the Division…
    • Understand better how factors such as family, culture, socioeconomic status, physical and mental health can affect a student's performance
    • Develop and implement plans to enhance a student's performance
    • Coordinate services for individual families
    • Identify and report child abuse and neglect
    • Obtain community resources to meet student's needs
    • Design and implement behavior management plans
    • Mobilize school and community resources to optimize a student's potential to learn
    • Provide individual and group counseling for students who have significant emotional concerns
    • Conduct a variety of assessments to determine a student’s need for special education services (psychosocial, behavioral, functional)
    • Increase school attendance and academic success

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