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

  • Emergency needs

  • 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:

  • Parent/School Conflict

  • Threats of Violence

  • Suicidal Threats

  • Domestic Violence

  • Pregnancy

  • Abuse (Emotional, Physical, and Sexual)

  • Discipline Issues

  • Homelessness

  • Academic Concerns

  • Child/Parent Conflict

  • Runaways

  • Juvenile Court

  • Medical Concerns

  • Financial Needs

  • Attendance Concerns

Social Workers work with the school, student and family in the following capacities:

  • School Faculty/Staff Consultations and Support

  • Student Conferences

  • Parent Conferences

  • Facilitator for Rainbows Grief Group

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Referrals to Community Resources

The School Social Worker represents the school system in community organizations:

  • Attendance Protocol Committee

  • Local Interagency Planning Team

  • Multi-Disciplinary 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

Compulsory Attendance

Home School

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