Q: Why would a School Social Worker contact a parent?
· School Social Workers contact parents to discuss many types of concerns including: attendance problems; academic difficulties; emotional and behavioral difficulties; obtaining signatures on official documents; and assisting with basic family needs.
· To serve as a liaison between home and school--- School Social Workers assess problems impacting student achievement with the goal of promoting academic growth and success by eliminating barriers.
· To complete student evaluations and/or observations---As members of a school team, School Social Workers complete evaluations (i.e. Social and Developmental History, etc.) when students are experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties.
· To conduct conferences when the school is unable to reach parents/guardians due to lack of updated contact information (phone number/address, etc.) or when parents/guardians are unable to come to the school due to challenges with transportation and/or other commitments.
2. Q: How do School Social Workers assist families with basic needs?
School Social Workers link families with community resources which can assist with basic needs such as:
· Financial assistance
· School supplies
· Counseling services
· Parenting support
3. Q: Why may School Social Workers verify a student’s home address and home numbers?
By law, parents must provide the school the most recent address and phone numbers in case of an emergency.