• Confidentiality
    All information related to Social Work services is strictly CONFIDENTIAL and not a part of the student's permanent academic record.
     
    Assessment
    When a student exhibits symptoms of emotional distress in school, the School Social Worker will assess and make recommendations for services. When there is heightened concern about possible self harm, parents are contacted immediately and referral is made to the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team for suicide risk assessment.  The Social Worker also maintains an extensive referral list of community resources and professionals and will help families throughout the referral process. 
     
    Counseling
    School based counseling might be provided as-needed or routinely. Students who are seen weekly will have a “support” period (counseling) on their schedule so that it is a predictable, routine time.  Every effort is made to avoid pulling students from academic classes for support services.  Students with special needs may have counseling as a related service on their IEP (Individual Education Plan) or 504 Accommodation Plan. 
     
    Skills Streaming
    Clubs and groups run by the School Social Worker allow students to develop social skills, engage in extra-curricular activities and feel supported as they deal with life changes.  Pal 2 Pal, Banana Splits and Comic Book Club are options to explore. Link to Clubs and Groups for more information.
     
    Conflict management and communication skills are addressed through the Conflict Mediation program facilitated by the School Social Worker along with the School Counselors.  Students may request or be referred for mediation.
     
    Anger management and self-regulation are issues that can cause some difficulty in adolescence.  Students may work individually or in small groups with the School Social Worker to learn anger reduction skills.
     
    Attendance
    Attendance is a key factor to school success.  Chronic school avoidance can be symptomatic of a situational problem in school or at home, or might indicate an emotional problem.  The Social Worker offers assessment and services to improve school attendance including home visits and “morning support” to help parents transition their anxious or reluctant child from home to school.
     
    Teen Dating Violence Awareness
    Junior High teens are often in the early stages of dating relationships. Awareness and prevention of dating violence is a subject addressed through activities like Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
     
    Bullying prevention 
    Prevention of bullying behavior is an ongoing concern in our schools.  Perry Jr. High sponsors a Student Advisory Council Against Bullying involving student leaders from all grade levels to help develop activities to reduce the incidence of bullying in our School. Use the link on the left to find out how you can join the effort to stop bullying in our school!
     
    Teamwork
    The School Social Worker is Co-Facilitator of the Instructional Support Team which meets weekly to brainstorm strategies to assist students struggling in school. In addition, the Social Worker participates in the Committee on Special Education, meeting with parents to obtain social and developmental histories and assisting with Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.  The Social Worker also meets with the Counselors, Nurse and Administrators weekly as part of their At-Risk team, and participates in the District Wide and Building Crisis Teams.
     
    Parents are invited to call or e-mail the School Social Worker at any time for more information about how these services might be helpful to their child.