What do School Social Workers do?

Overall School Social Workers help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning and work with students to get the services they need. Social Workers work with general and special education students and their families to resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems.  We do this  through assessment, consultation with school staff and community providers, through development and implementation of behavior management plans, and providing indirect and direct services. School Social Workers help to bridge school, home and community to help students be as successful as possible.

Special Education:

School Social Workers are part of the special education team. We facilitate meetings, participate in assessments, communicate with parents/guardians, and serve as a resource to students, families and other school staff.

Attendance:

School Social Workers work with individual students and families to support good attendance.  Our goal is for every student to have 95%+ attendance for the school year.  For more information, please read the District’s attendance policy at:  http://sss.mpls.k12.mn.us/Attendance_Office.html

1:1 Meetings:

School Social Workers meet one-on-one with individual students to work on any problems students may be having including peer relationships, behavior problems, problems in the community, at home or in school. Social Workers help students to develop social skills, coping strategies and to find positive solutions.

Groups:

School Social Workers facilitate various groups to address student needs. These include social skills, friendship skills, girls and boys groups.

Resources:

School Social Workers help students and their families to find the resources they need including food, housing, medical, clothing, tutoring, substance abuse resources, counseling, domestic abuse support, and others. If your family needs something please feel free to call a School Social Worker at 612-668-5000.

HHM (Homeless and Highly Mobile):

Due to these difficult economic times, many of our students and families have become homeless or are highly mobile.  If your student is HHM they are entitled to certain rights and we may have resources to help you through this challenging time.  You may be HHM if you are in a shelter, living in a hotel or motel, moving frequently or are living doubled up due to a lack of affordable housing.  Please contact any of our Sullivan Social Workers and they will talk with you to determine if you meet the HHM criteria or assist you in accessing resources.