SOCIAL WORK

  • School social workers work with students to support their social emotional and behavioral needs within the school setting, when there is an adverse impact on educational functioning. 

     

    Social work services in schools include the following:

    • Individual and small group sessions to address social-emotional needs
    • Preventative, classroom-based instruction to support student needs
    • Partnering with school and community resources to provide support within the school environment
    • Assisting in development of positive intervention plans and strategy implementation
    • Assessment through observation, standardized assessment, and interviews
    • Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability

     

    District 25 currently has 16 school social workers supporting students across the district. Each elementary building, as well as the Early Childhood program, is supported by a full-time social worker.  Each middle school has at least 2.5 social workers providing support to students. Social workers support students in the following ways:

    • Providing direct services to students as indicated on their IEPs
    • Participating in student evaluations for special education/IEPs, 504s, and interventions
    • Providing individual, group, and classroom group instruction
    • Progress monitor services and evaluate the effectiveness of the services
    • Providing social-emotional learning curriculum as identified by the district, such as Second Step, Erin’s Law, suicide/depression awareness
    • Consultation with general and special education staff regarding social-emotional, behavioral, and academic concerns
    • Counseling with parents regarding student needs
    • Counseling as determined by the Alternatives to Suspension contracts
    • Implementation of Response to Intervention supports
    • Provision of crisis and behavioral interventions
    • Suicide and DCFS referrals and assessments
    • Referrals to and coordination with outside agencies
    • Identification of homeless students and provision of services for them
    • Development of Behavior Intervention Plans
    • Provide professional development as directed
    • Provision of short-term supports to students who do not currently receive special education services through need-specific groups (i.e. divorce or grief supports)