They’re also required to be knowledgeable about the laws that impact the students and families they serve. Across our district, eight social workers visit each of our schools to invest their time, training, and expertise to address challenges that may hinder students from properly learning. According to experts, children who are exposed to trauma and tumultuous environments, such as inconsistent housing, abuse, or violence, are more likely to have higher risks of mental health problems, poor performance in school, and an inability to generally function in the world. School social workers are skilled in many areas, including crisis intervention, behavioral management, relationship building, and community partnerships.
They understand human growth and behavior, unique family dynamics, racial and cultural diversity, addictions, and legal issues such as child abuse and neglect. Always leading with compassion, our social workers seek resources and experts who can help students and their families remedy challenges. They are a vital part of the total educational team. Working in collaboration with school psychologists, counselors, nurses, teachers, and administrators, school social workers integrate information from all these sources to provide social, emotional, and behavioral support to the child, the child’s family and the school. The work of our social workers impacts the overall school culture.
Our social workers also like to create happy memories. Last Christmas, our district social workers teamed with community partners and supplied more than 3,400 toys to children in need. This event served 1,200 kids and brought joy to both the families and the social workers. With nearly 16,300 students, our culturally diverse population comes with diverse experiences.
Thank you to our school social workers, and our entire staff, who work with our students to overcome their challenges so they may adapt and thrive.