• School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree in social work from a university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, who are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. They are the link between home, school and the community by providing services to promote and support students’ academic and social success.
• Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPs)are trained Substance Abuse Professionals with master’s degrees. They administer the Substance Abuse Prevention Program throughout the school district which includes K-12 substance abuse, violence prevention, intervention, consultation, and referal services.
Why Do Today’s Schools Need School Social Workers and SAPs? Children today are increasingly impacted by social forces that negatively affect their role as students. These negative effects result in unmet physical and emotional needs that interfere with their ability to learn and succeed in school. Social Workers facilitate activities that increase student’s motivation to learn, attachment to school and community involvement.
Each Loudoun County Public school social worker is assigned a minimum of four schools where they coordinate and provide a comprehensive array of research-based prevention and intervention services and programs to students, parents and staff.