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Posted March 8, 2016

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Honoring Social Workers in Schools

Social workers provide a link to home, school, community.

More than 140 social workers provide services to students in APS schools each day.

APS and districts across the country honor these highly trained professionals, who provide a link between students’ homes, their schools and communities, during National School Social Worker Week (March 6-12) and Social Work Month throughout March.

"Social workers play a critical role in the education of our children, providing a link to home, school and community. They step in when children and schools are in crisis; direct families to resources; address truancy, mental illness, poverty, addiction and other barriers to academic success; and so much more," said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. "I'd like to thank our social workers for all they do each and every day on behalf of our students and families."

Supt. Reedy shared a recent letter from veteran social worker Timothea Elizalde, who described the work of the district's dedicated social workers:

"Working with students, families and staff from a strength’s perspective in order to decrease barriers to learning is the cornerstone of our work. Our code of ethics and education teach us to consider a person in their environment.  We assess needs by first  acknowledging a person’s strengths and then attempt to understand the social and emotional factors in their life...

Social Workers are the original 'home visitors.' These visits are a part of our profession’s proud history. We seek to truly understand the issues that create barriers to learning.

As School Social Workers, we work daily with a myriad of very serious psycho-social-emotional issues such as trauma, mental illness, homelessness, poverty, disability, grief and loss just to name a few.  These are the factors that affect the youth and families with whom we work.

As School Social Workers, we team with students, families, teachers, staff, administration and the multiple community systems to collaborate in order to provide support for a student’s success.

As School Social Workers, we listen, problem solve and truly have a heart for helping others."

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