School Social Services
8 months ago
Welcome to the School Social Work site for Lumpkin County Schools.
“School social workers facilitate the educational and individual potential of students by providing services that promote school improvement. School social workers collaborate and consult with parents, school administrators, faculty and the community in the identification of family and student concerns to provide supportive services. In addition, they provide appropriate interventions and services that assist students and families at risk for educational failure” (Reference: School Social Workers of Georgia Practice Manual).
The focus of the Lumpkin County School social worker (SSW) is to find effective ways to resolve problems, which may significantly interfere with a student’s academic achievement or adjustment. The SSW assists with communication between the school and the home and encourages parents to assume an active role in their child’s education. By utilizing the student’s home, school, and community the school social worker can expand helping efforts so that students are successfully prepared for their educational experience and the future.
Reasons student are often referred to the SSW include, but are not limited to:
➢ Chronic attendance problems
➢ Lack of academic progress
➢ Potential dropout
➢ School and personal adjustment problems
➢ Need for community resources (economic assistance, crisis intervention, mental health issues, physical health concerns)
In 2011, Lumpkin County Schools was recently recognized as a Partner in Prevention with Darkness to Light. We are the first school system in Georgia, and one of a few in the country, to train 100% of all staff in the Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training. We are proud of this accomplishment and hope other school systems will follow suit in training staff and protecting children.