School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work and a license through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 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.
It is the mission of Buncombe County Schools to ensure the academic success of every student. In order to succeed in school, some students require additional support to meet their individual social, academic, behavioral, medical, and/or emotional needs. School Social Workers are trained to assess and address the needs of students who may be experiencing barriers to academic success.
Develop life skills necessary to be successful in a 21st century global society;
Assess, identify and address social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs;
Develop intervention strategies to increase academic success; and
Provide crisis intervention.
Participate effectively in their children’s education;
Access school and community resources;
Understand educational and developmental needs of the child;
Strengthen parenting skills; and
Navigate and understand school procedures and policies.
Create and maintain a positive and safe school climate;
Meet educational goals of students from diverse backgrounds;
Understand how students are impacted by cultural, economic and other factors;
Identify students’ unmet needs;
Work effectively with parents; and
Implement procedures that address school safety, attendance, crisis response, and child abuse & neglect.
Helping the Community
Identify and develop appropriate resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families;
Facilitate and participate on multi-disciplinary teams;
Coordinate the delivery of educational, socio-economic, and health services;
Participate in evaluating the effectiveness of programs in the schools and community; and
Advocate for programs and procedures in the community that meet the needs of students and families.
To contact the School Social Worker at your child's school, please call the school for more information.