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Loudoun County

Public Schools

Welcome to Student Support Services
School Social Work and Student Assistance Programs

“I cannot teach the head when the heart is broken or the mind is troubled"
Missouri Teacher Of The Year

Student Support Services
Administration Building
Fourth Floor
21000 Education Court
Ashburn, Virginia 20148
Phone: 571-252-1014
Fax: 571-252-1242

Administrative Staff

Suzanne Petersen, MA, Supervisor

Coordinator, Student Assistance Programs
Who Are We?
   •  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.

   • Student Assistance Specialist (SASs) 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 Student Assistance Specialists?
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.
Last Modified on May 27, 2015

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