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School social workers play key role in student safety
Posted 3/21/18

Lakeidra Grant and Leah CrookeBulloch County Schools employees two full-time school social workers. They provide services and support to children and families. This plays a key role in the school system's efforts to provide safe learning environments. Recognizing the impact that school counselors and social workers have on students' emotional and mental health and the support they provide families and school faculty, the district increased funding for additional personnel in these areas two years ago.

 

"We are honored to have Lakeidra Grant and Leah Crooke, two of the best school social workers anywhere," said Dr. Deborah Mangum, Executive Director of Student Support Services for the district. These are just some of the ways in which they serve:

 

SERVICES TO STUDENTS:

• Provide crisis intervention.

• Develop intervention strategies to increase academic success.

• Assist with conflict resolution and anger management.

• Help children develop appropriate social interaction skills.

• Assist children with understanding and accepting themselves and others.

 

SERVICES TO PARENT/FAMILIES:

• Work with parents to facilitate their support with their child’s school adjustment.

• Alleviate family stress to enable a child to function more effectively in school and the community.

• Assist parents with accessing programs available to students with special needs.

• Assist parents with accessing and utilizing school and community resources.

 

SERVICES TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL:

• Provide staff with essential information to better understand factors that affect a child's performance and behavior (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) 

• Assess students with mental health concerns.

• Develop staff in-service training programs.

• Provide direct support to staff.

 

SCHOOL-COMMUNITY LIAISON:

• Obtain and coordinate community resources to meet students' needs.

• Help school districts receive adequate support from social and mental health agencies.

• Advocate for new and improved community and school services to meet the needs of students and families.

• Help the school system respond effectively to each child's needs.

 

SERVICES TO DISTRICTS: 

• Develop alternative programs for students who drop out, who are truant, etc.

• Identify and report child abuse and neglect.

• Provide consultation regarding school law and school policy including Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act that prohibits discrimination based upon disability.

• Provide case management for students and families requiring multiple resources.