School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in
social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life
adjustment to school and/or society. School Social Workers are the link between
the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to
students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic
and social success.
Each school district is required to designate a liaison to ensure that students experiencing housing instability are properly identified, enrolled, and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in school. Students who lack a fixed, regular and adequate residence or are not in the care of their guardian are eligible for McKinney Vento support. Examples of this may include: families facing eviction, runaway youth, victims of domestic violence, fire, loss of employment or hospitalization/incarceration. If you feel your student is experiencing any difficulties accessing their education because of concerns relating to housing stability, please reach out to our homeless liaisons.
For additional assistance, please contact your District McKinney Vento/ESSA Liaison and Home & School Visitors:
Elizabeth Rakoff, Middle and High School
Office: (610) 327-2277 x7379
Cell: (484) 624-9686
Melissa Manzon, Elementary
Office: (610) 327-2277 x6562
Cell: (484) 624-9686
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESOURCES:
Free school meal distribution info:
Lower Pottsgrove Elementary or West Pottsgrove Elementary First school day of each week at either 10:00am-noon, or 6:00-7:30pm Come pick up a complete weeks worth of breakfast and lunch items for your student(s)
The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational today, Thursday, April 2. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746. Provides crisis counseling and support anyone in the US experiencing a disaster or public health emergency.
Text PACOVID to 898-211 to sign up to receive texts from 211 (updates for housing, food, bills and guidance)
If you are in need of affordable internet access for your student to virtually attend school please apply
Learn about the help you can get through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn about government programs to help pay for phone bills, medical bills, and other expenses. You can also learn how to apply for temporary assistance.
SOCIAL WORK ONGOING RESOURCE LIST:
application for free/low cost childcare
24/7 free in person, phone, or text crisis support
Creative Health Services is Montgomery Countys Base Service Unit providing family services including county funded service for the uninsured
24/7 call or text support by contacting "211" to help connect with community resource agencies including shelter and emergency housing
Application portal for medical and/or financial assistance, food and/or childcare subsidies, and heating/energy assistance.
Faith based organization providing food and household necessities
Free and/or low cost health and dental clinics in Pennsylvania
Crisis Text Line: MHA to 741741 free text based support 24/7
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 for victims or survivors (can also text LOVEIS to 22522)
PCAR crisis hotline for victims of sexual assault: 1-888-772-7227
Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357