What We Do
There are many factors and situations that can make learning more difficult for students. School social workers are licensed mental health professionals who are knowledgeable about these barriers and who work with students, families, school staff, and community agencies to identify resources and strategies that will help reach their goals. This may include:
- Connecting families to assistance for food, clothing, or housing needs
- Providing referrals to medical and mental health providers
- Meeting with students who are unable to focus in the classroom due to a difficulty or crisis
- Checking in on students who need support during challenging times
- Collaborating with parents, teachers, staff, and community providers around individual student needs while at school
Social workers approach each situation, family, and student knowing that each is different, possess unique strengths, and are deserving of respect. Working to first understand these characteristics allow school social workers to build strong partnerships so that the best solutions can be identified.
Each elementary, middle, and high school has an assigned school social worker, some of whom are in the building daily or several days during the week. They work closely with other school staff, such as school counselors, school psychologists, nurses, teachers, and administrators.
You can connect with your school social worker by email. Their email address is listed in our staff directory list.