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 Happy School Social Workers Week!

3/6/2019 12:00 AM

​It is School Social Worker week! There are 38 School Social Workers and two interns planted throughout Rockford Public Schools. Some work in three different schools throughout the week. We meet a wide variety of needs for a diverse group of students; some have severe disabilities while o​thers simply need to talk to a safe, understanding person. 

School Social Workers (SSW) are a vital part of the educational team, working together with educational administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, speech and language pathologists and other staff. We attend legally mandated Individualized Education Program meetings, provide counseling support to students and their families, facilitate community outreach and coordinate community presentations. We are crisis managers and social-emotional health advocates for students and critical friends for school staff, as well. This is not an exhaustive list – I am sure my colleagues could add several daily tasks for which we are responsible! 

The Illinois Association of School Social Workers describes us as: "having a unique graduate level training in social work that enables them to understand and interpret the influences of the school, home, and community on children. School Social Workers identify factors that can make school a more successful experience for students."

I love my job and being a part of the Social Work Departme​nt at RPS 205. My co-workers are fantastic and are always working to provide the best level of care for our students.

For more information on what a School Social Worker does, visit https://iassw.org/about/about-school-social-work/.

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