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School Social Worker

School social workers

The goal of the social work program is to partner directly with families, educators, students, and our communities to address and overcome barriers to academic achievement at the elementary level. Ultimately this partnership provides the necessary support and guidance that are essential to academic success and sound life decisions.

School social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to provide support and interventions to children and families proactively and in times of emotional/mental health crisis.

They do this by providing individual, small group and family support. Sessions focus on:

  • Improving social, emotional and academic functioning
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Behavior modification
  • Specific skill development
  • Building trusting connections with each student and their family
  • Direct consultation and linkage to appropriate community resources for families
  • Help children and their families meet basic needs and overcome barriers to education

Please note that social work settings are created around the ever-changing and unique needs of each school and may vary throughout the year and at each site. Please contact your child’s school social worker for more information.

The overall goal is to work directly with students and their families, teachers, and other support staff to provide the guidance, support and nurturance so essential to academic success. The School Social Worker also consults and advocates for families regarding parenting strategies, connects families with community resources and assists in times of crisis

Dakota County Crisis Response call 952-891-7171; National Crisis Text Line text SCHOOL to 741741; Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Please refer to the resources on this page for assistance in dealing with mental health needs. You are encouraged to reach out to your school counselor, social worker, nurse or psychologist for additional support if needed. 

Worried about your mental health:

  • Dakota County Crisis Response: Call 952-891-7171
  • National Crisis Text Line: Text SCHOOL to 741741
  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988 

Find additional mental health resources to meet your needs

Westview Family Network

The Family Network is unique to Westview Elementary and provides support and opportunities that enable children for success. When a child's basic needs are met:

  • They are better able to stay on task;
  • They have stronger self-esteem, and 
  • They are more successful students, classmates and friends.

The network includes Steps-to-Respect curriculum and anti-bullying lessons to all grades, free clothing swaps during conferences, Panera Bread over-bake weekly giveaway, Holiday Food Event (Gobble, Gobble, Give) and school food shelf.