monitor the academic, social and behavioral progress of all their students by consulting with families and teachers, and by managing a Multi-Tiered System of Support team. The team includes administration, reading and math coaches, psychologists, nurses, social workers and classroom teachers. Counselors are skilled in merging the goals of those involved and assessing the whole child when considering individual needs.
Elementary counselors are available to assist families with options and resources offered within the school system and through outside agencies.
Counselors are always on call to respond to crisis situations in any Seminole County school. Compassionate strategic planning, as well as direct counseling, is offered during times of need.
School Social Workers have been an integral part of Seminole County Public Schools since 1970. They are currently providing vital support to our 36 Elementary, 12 Middle, 9 High schools and special centers through the Exceptional Student Support Services (ESSS) Department to all students and families who may be having social, emotional or financial problems that are negatively impacting their school experience. School social workers also have a major role in the assessment, support and direct services provided to homeless children and families by the Families in Transition Program.
Students are substantially more likely to seek help when school-based mental health services are available (Slade, 2002). School social workers are trained in the skills needed to provide support through individual, group and family counseling, crisis intervention, case management, truancy issues, parent consultation, in-service training and parent education, prevention programs, conflict resolution services, multi-disciplinary problem solving teams, special education consultation and evaluations, and community-based collaboration. This makes school social workers uniquely qualified to address the diverse needs of students, families, schools, and communities and to provide a wide array of services to maximize a student’s educational experience.
Many of these students will not achieve academic success due to social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems affecting school performance. School social workers help these students through early identification, prevention, counseling and support, thereby enhancing their learning environment and access to the curriculum. School Social workers School social workers are clinically trained mental health professional and problem solving professionals who when involved with MTSS can promote and improve the student’s engagement in the learning process that will lead to positive educational outcomes. School social workers also provide extended casework services to meet parent concerns and focus on the total needs of the child. These services help improve behavior, safety and academic success of all students
Thanks to this broad range of practice experience, our SSW staff brings to each school setting unique perspectives in addressing the needs, concerns or problems that affect children and families in our society today and enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially when home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving that mission.
As our children, parents, teachers and communities navigate their way through these difficult times, our SCPS School Social Workers will be ready to assist them, being visible, viable and valuable to the schools, students and families of Seminole County Public Schools.
- Assist students with acute and chronic health needs?
- Educate school personnel on health issues and have provided in-services for over 3000 employees this year?
- Train and consult with school clinic personnel to ensure the safety and wellness of students?
- Have trained over 500 SCPS staff members in CPR and First Aid?
- Promote health and wellness and received over $15,000 in S.C.O.P.E. (School Nurse Childhood Obesity Prevention Education) Grants to support fitness in schools?
- Help prevent the spread of flu by educating students on hand washing and assisting at flu shot clinics?
- Recently started a “Journal Club” to stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends in school health?