Welcome to the HMS School Social Worker Webpage 

    Hello, my name is Donna Layton and I am the School Social Worker at Hawfields Middle School. I am proud to be a Hawfields Husky and look forward to working with our students and families!
    Biography/education:  I received my Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University.  I have experience in the school classroom setting working with multi-handicapped students, in the community as a mental health counselor and AOD treatment counselor, working for the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Clinical Counselor, and as a School Social Worker.  I have worn many hats but have continuously worked with children and their families.  I hope you and your child will enjoy being part of the Turrentine family as much as I do.
    Who are School Social Workers?  School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work and a license through the Department of Public Instruction.  School Social Workers provide services related to students' and/or family's social emotional, and life adjustment to school and/or society.  School Social Workers are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.

    As a school social worker I do many things to help students and their families overcome barriers, develop intervention strategies to increase academic success, and provide crisis intervention. 

    School Social Workers:

    • assess student needs and issues,
    • assist the student in developing appropriate social interaction skills,
    • provide individual and group counseling,
    • assess social/emotional needs,
    • coordinate services for families and students,
    • deal with attendance issues,
    • network with community agencies,
    • provide outreach to parents,
    • help students who have problems with abuse and neglect,
    • assist students who are experiencing or have experienced family violence,
    • assist students inadequate health care,
    • conduct home visits and interview families to assess problems affecting the child's educational process
      Why do today's schools need a School Social Worker?
      Children today are increasingly victims of many school forces that negatively affect their role as students. The family is in a state of change and until it becomes stabilized, children's unmet physical and emotional needs will continue to interfere with their ability to learn and ultimately graduate from high school. School social workers are uniquely qualified to work with students who are economically disadvantaged, have poor attendance, and have special needs.
      Contact Information: 
      Donna Layton
      School Social Worker
      Hawfields Middle School
      Phone: 919-563-5303
      Fax: 919-563-1351
      Email: donna_layton@abss.k12.nc.us