Pupil Support Services

School Social Workers

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

As part of Pupil Support Services, School Social Workers assist their assigned schools by providing a multitude of services with the goal of helping remove obstacles to student academic success.  School Social Workers interact with the student, family and school in a number of ways.

  1. STUDENT – School Social Workers assist students by conducting assessments and providing appropriate referrals; facilitating groups to address issues such as attendance, social skills and coping mechanisms; conducting classroom observations; and providing Counseling As A Related Service (CAARS);
  2. FAMILY – School Social Workers serve as a liaison between home and school by conducting/coordinating parent conferences, providing referrals based on family need, and assisting families to access community resources.
  3. SCHOOL – School Social Workers serve on the school wide multidisciplinary teams, conduct student evaluations, and provide collaborative/supportive services to school personnel.

CONTACT US

School Social Workers are assigned to several different school sites throughout the week with general working hours Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. 

  • School Social Workers can be reached in several ways: 
    1) Student Support Services (941) 927-4036
  • 2) District Office Switchboard at (941) 927-9000 and ask for the Social Worker by name 
    3) At their assigned school sites 
    4) Via fax (941) 927-4018 
    5) Via e-mail (for example; jane.doe@sarasotacountyschools.net)  

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why would a School Social Worker contact a parent?

  1. School Social Worker contact parents to discuss many types of concerns including: attendance problems; academic difficulties; emotional and behavioral difficulties; obtaining signatures on official documents; and assisting with basic family needs.
  2. To serve as a liaison between home and school--- School Social Workers assess problems impacting student achievement with the goal of promoting academic growth and success by eliminating barriers.
  3. To complete student evaluations and/or observations---As members of the Interdisciplinary Team at each school, School Social Workers complete evaluations (i.e. Social and Developmental History, etc.) when students are experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties.
  4. To conduct conferences when the school is unable to reach parents/guardians due to lack of updated contact information (phone number/address, etc.) or when parents/guardians are unable to come to the school due to challenges with transportation and/or other commitments.
  5. When the student has attendance issues such as excessive excused, unexcused absences, and/or chronic tardiness.

Q: How do School Social Workers assist families with basic needs?

School Social Workers link families with community resources which can assist with basic needs such as:

         

           Financial Services

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           Clothing

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Food

School supplies

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Housing

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Medical

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Counseling services

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Parenting support

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Q: Why may School Social Workers verify a student’s home address and home numbers?

By law, parents must provide the school the most recent address and phone numbers in case of an emergency. Students must attend their districted school unless they are approved through the Office of School Choice

Q: Can a School Social Worker transport parents or students to and from school?

No, School Social Workers do not transport parents or students.


Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director
sonia.figaredo-alberts@sarasotacountyschools.net

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant
julie.zarling@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor
tammy.cassels@sarasotacountyschools.net

Ana Montero, Administrative Assistant
ana.montero@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor
debra.giacolone@sarasotacountyschools.net

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant
sally.dean@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157 

School Health Services 
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor
suzanne.dubose@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County 
Linda Glover, Supervisor
linda.glover@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101 

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Bethany King, Supervisor
bethany.king@sarasotacountyschools.net

Patty Woods, Administrative Assistant
patty.woods@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113 

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor
jamie.rodriguez@sarasotacountyschools.net

State & Federal Projects
Jane Mahler, Supervisor
jane.mahler@sarasotacountyschools.net

Betsy Hooper, Administrative Assistant
betsy.hooper@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34061 

Staff Listing

Saturday
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Tuesday
2/28/2017 - Brentwood Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday
3/1/2017 - Garden Kindergarten Roundup

Thursday
3/2/2017 - Wilkinson Kindergarten Roundup

Friday
3/3/2017 - Booker Middle Musical

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