School social workers provide an ecological approach to promoting student success. They assist children and families by examining factors in the home, school, and/or community that impact a student’s educational success and work toward reducing barriers to learning. Barriers may include but are not limited to truancy, pregnancy, alcohol and other drug abuse, suicide and sudden death, child abuse and neglect, school safety, violence, trauma, grief, basic family needs, economic factors, behavioral difficulties, social competencies, divorce, mental health concerns, and learning factors, such as special education needs. (retrieved from https://www.acssw.org, 2014)
Each school within MPS has a school social worker as part of the faculty. Many social workers in MPS are bilingual, including Spanish, Laotian, Hmong, Arabic, and sign language. If you have specific concerns or would like to speak to a school social worker about your child, please contact your child’s school.
The mission of school social work services is to ensure academic success, educational equity, and social justice.