School Social Work Office
Our school is committed to supporting all families. Our school social workers contribute to safe and welcoming learning environments for all students by providing direct services to students and families. They also develop systems within the school that further the social, emotional and academic growth of students.
All students enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools are eligible to receive social work services. Students served are experiencing social, emotional, mental health, behavioral, attendance, or adjustment concerns, as well as socio-economic challenges that impact their learning. In addition, all students birth to age 21 who are identified as students needing special education are eligible for social work services.
School social workers join or team with parents and collaborate with other school staff. As members of the educational team, school social workers promote and support students' academic and social success by providing specialized services and supports that may include student needs assessment, individual, group, and classroom skills work, crisis intervention, advocacy, connection to community resources, etc.
If you believe your student could benefit from social work services at school, please contact our School Social Worker(s) at 612-668-2270.
Our district is guided by the McKinney-Vento Act. This law provides homeless and highly mobile students (HHM) with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all students in our district. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless as anyone who lacks "a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence." This includes children and youth living in the following situations:
- shelters or transitional housing programs
- motels, hotels or weekly rate housing
- doubled up with friends or relatives because the family cannot find or afford housing
- abandoned buildings, public space, car or other inadequate accommodation