• School Social Worker Schedule
    Highland Elementary: Tuesday, Wednesday AM, and Friday
    Marvin B. Smith Elementary: Monday, Wednesday PM, Thursday
     
    Welcome to my web page!  My name is Jacinta Wright and I am a School Social Worker.  I am happy to serve Smith Elementary School and Highland Elementary School.  I have been a school social worker in Alamance-Burlington Schools for over fifteen years and have served all grade levels.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your student or family!
     
    School Social Worker       
    Office & Voice Mail (336) 438-4000 x31212

     

  • School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work who 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.

     
     
    WHY do today’s schools need a School Social Worker?
    Children today are increasingly victims of many social 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.
     

    Services to students:

    • Assessment of social/emotional needs
    • Developing intervention strategies to increase academic success such as increased attendance
    • Providing crisis intervention
    • Assisting the student in developing appropriate social interaction skills
    • Counseling (individual and group)

     Services to families:

    • Providing Triple P-Positive Parenting Program Sessions for parents who seek support with various parenting skills
    • Conducting home visits and interviewing families to assess problems affecting the child’s educational progress
    • Working with parents to facilitate their support in their child’s educational experience and/or adjustment to school
    •  Alleviating family stress (domestic violence, financial strain, etc.) to enable the child to function more effectively in school and the community
    • Assisting parents in accessing programs available to students with special needs
    • Assisting parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources

     

    Services to Schools:

    • Providing staff with essential information to better understand factors affecting a student’s academic performance and behavior (cultural, societal, economic, familial, mental health)
    • Participation in special education assessments by completing social-developmental histories and parent interviews
    • Developing and providing staff development programs
    • Assisting teachers with behavior management
    • Providing consultation regarding school laws and policies related to compulsory attendance, IDEA, child abuse and neglect, and homeless education

     

    School-Community Liaison:

    • Coordination, facilitation, and participation in Child and Family Team Meetings
    • Mobilizing community resources to meet students’ needs
    • Helping the school system receive adequate support from social and mental health agencies
    • Advocating for new and improved community/school resources to meet the needs of students and families
    • Participation on community councils and interagency teams as a representative of the LEA
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