School Social Workers reach out to students and their families to overcome barriers that interfere with school adjustment and success. They work with individual students, small groups and families in schools, in homes and in the community. The student and family participate with the social worker to assess their needs, develop and implement an intervention plan, and involve appropriate school and community resources. Barriers in the lives of students include: attendance issues; child abuse, neglect and dependency; trauma, grief and loss; poverty and homelessness; family conflict; domestic violence; delinquency; gang involvement; learning problems and developmental delays; teen pregnancy and parenting needs; and other economic and behavioral issues. All workers are licensed in school social work; most are additionally licensed in clinical social work (LCSW or LCSW-A) and several are licensed as Clinical Addiction Specialists (LCAS or LCAS-A).
School Attendance Protocol CPS Reports and the Educator's Role in the Well-Being of Children (updated for 8/2022