School Social Workers are the link between the home, school, and community in providing direct and indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.
How can a School Social Worker help?
The School Social Worker works with schools, students and families to eliminate barriers to successful learning by:
Identifying resources for students and families
Assisting families in crisis
Advocating on behalf of children and families with agencies and community resources
Consulting with families, school staff, and numerous community agencies
Educational barriers may include:
Threats of Violence
Abuse (Emotional, Physical, and Sexual)
Social Workers work with the school, student and family in the following capacities:
School Faculty/Staff Consultations and Support
Facilitator for Rainbows Grief Group
Referrals to Community Resources
The School Social Worker represents the school system in community organizations:
Attendance Protocol Committee
Local Interagency Planning Team
School Social Workers Association of Georgia
Regular school attendance is very important to your students academic success. Parents/Guardians play a critical role in helping to ensure their student attends school and arrives on time daily. Missing valuable instruction time can have a negative impact on student achievement.
The School Social Worker can assist students and/or families with issues or barriers that may prevent regular school attendance.
Click the links below for more information:
Union County Schools Attendance Policy
McKinney-Vento Definition of Homelessness
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
For more information, visit the National Center for Homeless Education.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to file their intent to home school through the Georgia Department of Education website.
Please note that local school systems will continue to be responsible for filing truancy charges in an effort to enforce compliance with the Georgia Compulsory Attendance Law.
Resources for Families
National Alliance on Mental Illness of GA (NAMI)
Confidential hotline for emotional distress or suicidal crisis
Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) 1-800-715-4225