March 8, 2021 – The Special School District joins schools across the country to celebrate school social workers during National School Social Worker Week, March 8-12, 2021. This special week is dedicated to highlighting the contributions school social workers make to the educational process assisting students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“Our social workers here at SSD go above and beyond daily,” said Elizabeth Keenan, Ph.D., SSD superintendent. “They continue the great work done by our teachers and paraprofessionals to remove any barriers a student may have in accessing their education. Their impact directly influences our students’ success.”
School social workers serve behind the scenes, but have a tremendous positive impact on students and in our schools. They are trained to assist in addressing personal and systemic barriers to ideal living environments. Working in partnership with parents and teachers, social workers focus on positive ways to enhance students' social, personal, educational, and career development.
SSD social workers have been invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic, as families have been experiencing brand new stressors and challenges. They are crisis-ready workforce trained to help SSD families find the resources they need; whether it be connections for meals, emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness, mental health support during online learning,
Please take a moment during National School Social Worker Week to celebrate SSD’s school social workers and express your thanks to these dedicated professionals.