The month of March is recognized as Social Work Month, with one week set aside to recognize a specialized sector of the profession: school social workers.
School social workers are the link between the home, school, and community, providing direct and indirect services to students, families, and school employees to promote and support students' academic and social success.
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) recognizes the important role school social workers play in schools with its School Social Work Services program.
“School social workers, including our invaluable school social work interns make a difference in the lives of your students and families by eliminating barriers to academic success,” said School Social Work Services Manager Jenée Peevy.
SDCOE’s provides support to districts in social work services by providing interns; social-emotional mental health support to all 42 districts, with a special focus on small school districts, and to Juvenile Court and Community Schools; and professional learning opportunities with the School Social Work Leadership Consortium, which includes SDCOE, the California Association of School Social Workers, and the Cal State San Marcos, and SDSU Schools of Social Work.
Peevy currently supervises 25 school social work interns, from universities including with Humboldt State University, Cal State Northridge, SDSU, Cal State San Marcos, and USC. The interns have proven themselves invaluable in schools around the county.
“Our school social work interns roll up their sleeves and get involved in the lives of our students,” said JCCS Campus Youth Advocate Ildeberto Ojeda. “They often work with the most challenging students and I am thankful for them. I know that the students appreciate them being there for them.”
The School Social Work Leadership Consortium works to promote the importance of school social workers through training and networking, such as a School Social Work Branding workshop this week. Peevy’s work dedication to supporting students through school social work has received accolades, including recognition as a trailblazer in education by the Association of African American Educators San Diego County at its 35th anniversary dinner tonight.
“School social workers are a vital part of the school community, and we are fortunate to have a leader in the field on our team,” County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold County Board of Education President Guadalupe González said in a statement.