The primary role of the school social worker is to assist the educational outcome of students by providing services that promote school and lifelong success. The school social worker does this by assisting the student and families with any barriers that are preventing student achievement. The school social worker is a strong advocate for the child and collaborates with students, parents, school staff, and the community to identify and address significant concerns.
The school social worker provides appropriate interventions and services that help children and families that are at risk for educational failure. School social workers respect the individual differences of children and families and work to develop plans to address the needs of students. Since family involvement is essential in the lives of students, school social workers serve as a liaison between home, school and community to maximize the success of all students
Specific responsibilities of the school social worker include:
Students may be referred for many problems and concerns that could interfere with a student’s academic or social achievement. A student may refer himself or herself for social work services or a student may be referred by a parent, legal guardian, school personnel or others familiar with the student.
· Preschool Special Education
Pre-school Social Worker’s role: To provide services to children and families receiving services under the Special Education Preschool Program. The Preschool Program uses Child Find to identify, screen, evaluate and place children who may be eligible for special education and related services. This program serves children ages 3-5 who may have delays which include (but are not limited to): cognitive, communication, self-help, motor, and social/emotional.
· Title I Social Worker
Title I Social Worker’s Role: To provide services in Title I schools to students and families to address any presenting problems/issues affecting the student. The Title I social worker goal is to assist students to maximize their academic and social development and functioning in schools. Richland One’s Title I Program supplements the district’s instructional program including social work services for students attending Title I schools.