Social Work Program

  • School Social Workers in Grand Forks Public Schools are trained mental health professionals, with a degree in social work and licensed through the state of North Dakota. They provide services related to a person's social, emotional, and life adjustment to school and/or society, as well as provide consultation to school staff regarding child welfare matters.

    Student's school performance and academic success are impacted due to behavioral, emotional, and social problems that negatively affect their role as a student. School social workers help students through prevention, assessment, intervention, and support.

    School social workers are the link between home, school, and community in providing direct, as well as indirect, services to students, families, and school staff to promote and support students' academic and social success.

    Services for Students

    • Provide services that foster social and emotional skills
    • Provide crisis intervention
    • Develop intervention strategies to increase academic success
    • Assist the student in understanding and accepting self and others

    Services for Families

    • Collaborate with family to assess barriers affecting the student's education
    • Address family stressors to enable the student to function more effectively as it relates to student education
    • Assist families in accessing programs available to students
    • Assist families in accessing and utilizing school and community resources

    School-Community Liaison

    • Obtain and coordinate community resources to meet students' needs
    • Assist school districts in receiving adequate support from social and mental health agencies
    • Advocate for new and improved community/school service to meet the needs of students and families

    Services to School Staff and District

    • Develop and implement social and emotional programs to support educational needs of students
    • Provide consultation regarding school law and school policy
    • Provide case management for students and families with complex needs
    • Develop alternative programs for students who need additional support
    • Crisis intervention and consultation regarding student safety

    Related Services

    • Participate in special education assessment meetings as well as Individual Education Planning (IEP)
    • Work with those problems in a student's living situation that affect the student's adjustment in school (home, school, community)
    • Mobilize family, school, and community resources
    • Assist in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies
    • Participate in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support process (MTSS)
    • Participate in A Community Team (ACT) through Northeast Human Service Center
    • Provide care coordination (NEHSC) to eligible students

Assistance Opportunities

  • Turkey Basket Drive

    UND's Mortar Board prepares turkey baskets with all of the items needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The deadline to submit information to your school social worker is November 2nd, 2020.

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  • Santa Claus Girls

    The Grand Forks Herald Santa Claus Girls sends gift packages to Grand Forks and East Grand Forks children (age 0-12), who otherwise might have very little at Christmas. Packages will be available for pickup or delivery on Friday morning, December 9th.

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  • Northlands Rescue Mission Food Box

    The Mission offers free monthly food boxes for families and individuals in need. Boxes are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mission.

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  • Hope Community Care Center & Food Pantry

    HOPE Community Care Center & Food Pantry's desire is to serve the needs of the Greater Grand Forks region in partnership with the Great Plains Food Bank and local businesses, churches and organizations. Click on the title above for more information.

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