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School Social Work

​​​​School Social Services Motto  

Be visible, viable, and valuable to our schools while making strong and lasting relationships with our stakeholders (students, parents, school staff, community agencies, etc.) and substantiating the relevancy of our services. 
School social workers are the link between the school, home, and community.  As members of the educational team comprised of teachers, administrators, other student services staff, and parents, school social workers promote and support students' academic and social success by providing specialized services.  


Services Include:

• Student and Family Engagement
• Counseling 
• Support groups
• Crisis Prevention and Intervention
• Home visits
• Collaboration with other school personnel, community agencies, and organizations
• Case Management
• Information and referral services that match the needs with available resources
• Advocacy for students, parents, and the school system
• Social-developmental assessments
• Parent Education
• Mobilizing school and community resources to optimize students' potential 
• Attendance education and compliance
• Child Abuse Prevention
• Interagency-Foster Care
• Homelessness: McKinney-Vento  

School Social Workers Help Students

• Maximize educational opportunities and academic success
• Cope with crisis situations
• Remain focused on the goal to graduate
• Improve attendance
• Learn problem-solving and decision making skills
• Deal with family or legal issues 

School Social Workers Support Parents and Families 

• Encouraging more participation in their children's education
• Identifying and meeting their children's social and emotional needs
• Accessing programs available to students with special needs
• Promoting more effective use of school and community resources
• Assisting in the understanding of school policies and procedures
• Working with problems in children's living situations that affect their adjustment in school 


School Social Workers Help Educators ​

• Better understand how factors such as family, culture, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental health may affect
   students' performance
• Identify and report child abuse and neglect issues
• Facilitate school/parent communication
• Provide consultation/collaboration on difficult or complicated student and family situations 


Other Specialized Services

• Home education monitoring and record keeping
• Child labor law information
• Information on children and families in homeless situations
• Information on child abuse and neglect
• Court referrals for truancy and compulsory attendance violations
• Case management for students in alternative/suspension programs


Transition Services

School Social Workers provide follow up support services to students in transition from the District Student Placement Committee, Juvenile Justice commitment facilities, Teen Parent Program, alternative education programs, and mental health facilities.

Source:  National Association of Social Workers and NASW's School Social Work Section

Data and Organizational Framework for Accountability

​​​​School Social Services District Goal Alignment
School Social Services Accountability Framework 2005-2010
School Social Services Activities​​
School Social Services and Safe and Drug-Free Schools Annual Report 
School Social Services Compilation of Professional Development Trainings and Activities


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