Frequently Asked Questions

•  Social Services Frequently Asked Questions  

1.  WHAT IS A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER?

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEL IN THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION WITH STUDENTS AT RISK. SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE ITINERANT. THEY WORK WITH DIFFERENT STUDENTS FOR DIFFERENT PROBLEMS AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN DIFFERENT PLACES. THEY ALSO DEAL IN FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN NEEDS IN A REAL SOCIAL CONTEXT. SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE A BRIDGE BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND FAMILY.

2.  DOES A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER NEED CERTIFICATION?

YES. A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER MUST HAVE AT LEAST A T5 CERTIFICATION (BASIC TEACHER LEVEL). FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION, 1452 TWIN TOWERS EAST, ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30334, OR CALL (404) 657-9000.

3.  ARE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL OR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM?

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED BY THE SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY WORK FOR THE VARIOUS SCHOOLS IN THE SYSTEM.

4.  WHAT IS THE FUNDING FORMULA THAT DETERMINES THE NUMBER OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS?

THE FUNDING FORMULA IS: 1 SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER FOR EVERY 2,475 STUDENTS.

5.  HOW MANY SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE IN GRADY COUNTY?

THERE ARE TWO SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS FOR GRADY COUNTY SCHOOLS.