We had a great conversation that day on SSWNetwork about ideas for a trauma-informed re-opening response for both the COVID-19 crisis and the BLM uprising that was happening around the country, and that is still challenging all of us as we head into 2021.
No matter how we get involved, without a doubt, school social workers are in a place of leadership. While leading with good intention is a start, is it enough? When considering our role in pushing the lead to more equitable school systems and work of the like, the harsh reality is – probably not.
Editor’s Note: I’m excited to share this webinar recording and summary from the 6/18 panel I was on with national experts in school nursing, pediatrics, and educational leadership. I learned a lot and it was great to bring a SSW perspective to the table as well.
From a report by #CopsOutCPS: “As more and more school districts around the country are joining the movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline and remove police from inside of schools, we want to share more information about the realities of school-based policing in Chicago. This report examines the disparities in who is impacted by school-based policing, the misconduct records of the CPD officers assigned to CPS, and the ways funds currently allocated towards policing could be re-invested.”
“91 Questions for Reopening Schools” has had more than 40,000 views on The Relentless School Nurse. Since then, Dr. David Aderhold, the author and NJ School Superintendent has written two updates, bringing the number of questions to 284. Clearly, there are more questions than answers. This coming Thursday evening, June 18th at 8:00 pm ET, there will be a free Zoom webinar with a national panel of educators and school health experts who will share insights on best practices for mitigating health risks as we work to safely reopen our schools.
To assist in our advocacy efforts, SSWAA created a new position paper titled “The Impact of School Social Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic” and updated the “School Social Workers’ Role in Addressing Mental health Needs and Increasing Academic Achievement” to be used as resources for school social workers as they articulate their value and remind others of the essential and often lifesaving services we deliver. We hope that you will be able to utilize these resources this summer when talking with your administrators, school board members, legislators and other stakeholders.
Editor’s Note: What follows is our recruitment materials for our “School Social Work Practice During a Pandemic Survey Project”–our survey project link will go live on Tuesday May 26th on SSWNetwork. Please consider sharing your perspective on how your SSW practice has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and stay tuned here on SSWN, SSWNetwork and our other social media channels as we share the survey findings later this Summer and Fall. Thanks for all that you’re doing and for considering this invitation.
We had a spirited chat this past Monday as we all start to grapple with the questions around what it will take to re-open our schools in the U.S. safely? And importantly, what are the key components of trauma-informed care, SEL, and MTSS that can be brought into the conversation to make sure that our students, parents, and staff are ready for the many complicating issues that will come with re-opening?