The Clark County School District places great emphasis on student achievement, the Nevada Academic Content Standards, graduation rates, and the importance of social-emotional well-being. The School Social Workers play a key role in addressing these standards by utilizing evidence-based and nationally recognized instructional practices to interface with the educational process and meet the needs of schools, students, and families in the Clark County School District. Using a strengths-based and system-wide approach, School Social Workers focus on prevention and intervention by facilitating engagement between schools, families, and the community. Using their training in systems theory, advocacy, and cultural competence, as well as the Code of Ethics set by the National Association of Social Workers, School Social Workers provide direct services to students and families, provide RTI Intervention on all three tiers, link children, youth, and families to community agency resources, and align services to meet the educational needs of all students.
Truancy Diversion Program
This program focuses on students who are at risk of failing or dropping out of school due to truancy and absenteeism. Judges from the Eighth Judicial District Court volunteer their time to meet with students in a mock court session. Grades, attendance, and behavior are addressed, and goals are set for ongoing improvement. Intervention services, as listed above, are available to students in the program.
Private School Collaboration
The school district has a responsibility to meet with representatives of private schools who serve students with disabilities and parents of students with disabilities who attend private schools. Collaboration meetings are held twice annually. Discussion topics are designated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and by the needs of the participants.
21st Century Community Learning Center Grants
21st Century Community Learning Center grants enable schools to offer extended day educational opportunities. Schools apply individually for the grant, building upon their school improvement plan. Academic opportunities include reading, math, and science; enrichment opportunities include sports, art, drama, cooking, robotics, fitness, and many other activities. Students are able to attend the program before and after school and in some cases, during the summer.
Foster Care Initative
Students in foster care are afforded certain rights under the law such as free lunch and, for students in elementary school, the development of an academic plan. The Wraparound Services Department works with school administrators to ensure each school has a School-Based Foster Care Advocate, who will oversee the rights of students in foster care. The Wraparound Services Department also maintains a list of students in foster care and communicates with the school to ensure the rights of the students are addressed.
The school social workers have been trained as instructors in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The Youth Mental Health First Aid training teaches participants to recognize mental health issues in youth and adolescents and provides information that will assist the student, and his or her family, to seek mental health services. Trainings are provided through Pathlore and throughout the community. School administrators can request training for their staff by contacting the Wraparound Services Department.
Surrogate Parent Program
The school district maintains a pool of volunteers who are willing to act in the role of the parent during IEP and other special education meetings. School staff must complete a Determination of Need form for students who have no parent to represent them. The Wraparound Services Department will assign a surrogate parent to act on behalf of that student.