• 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.


    The Pottsgrove School District, in accordance with the McKinney Vento Act and School Board Policy 251, is committed to supporting students who lack fixed, regular or adequate housing. 

    McKinney Vento English Poster

    McKinney Vento Spanish Poster


    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

    Email: erakoff@pgsd.org


    Melissa Manzon, Elementary

    Office: (610) 327-2277 x6562

    Cell: (484) 624-9686

    Email: mmanzon@pgsd.org



    Social Work Quick Resource Guide



    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)



    Child Mind Institute


    Supporting your student through a pandemic


    Promoting Resilience in Children (COVID specific)


    Coping With Covid Mental Health Concerns (PA Dept of Health)


    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.


    United Way up to date reccomendations


    United Way COVID specific resource guide

    Text PACOVID to 898-211 to sign up to receive texts from 211 (updates for housing, food, bills and guidance)


    Internet Essentials (Comcast free/low cost)

    If you are in need of affordable internet access for your student to virtually attend school please apply


    CARES financial aide

    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.



    Montgomery County Subsidized Child Care

    application for free/low cost childcare 


    Montgomery County Mobile Crisis

    24/7 free in person, phone, or text crisis support


    Behavioral Health Services

    Creative Health Services is Montgomery Countys Base Service Unit providing family services including county funded service for the uninsured


    United Way

    24/7 call or text support by contacting "211" to help connect with community resource agencies including shelter and emergency housing


    COMPASS site

    Application portal for medical and/or financial assistance, food and/or childcare subsidies, and heating/energy assistance.


    Pottstown Cluster

    Faith based organization providing food and household necessities


    Free Health Clinic

    Free and/or low cost health and dental clinics in Pennsylvania


    Victim Services of Montgomery County


    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


      Women, Infant and Children Information (WIC)






    Click here for more resources.