The Blaine County School District provides trained mental
health professionals (licensed social workers with Master's
degrees) to support student academic, social and emotional
success. Their goal is to minimize or alleviate barriers
that interfere with a student's education by providing a
multitude of direct and indirect services to ALL students,
families and school personnel.
School Social Workers
Listed below are links to our school social workers (email,
phone, and web sites or school pages where available).
- Bellevue Elementary -
- Carey School -
- Hailey Elementary -
School Page, 578- 5073
- Hemingway Elementary -
School Page, 578-5052
- Wood River High School -
School Page, 578-2127
- Wood River Middle School -
- Woodside Elementary - Carlos Meza,
What Social Workers Do
- Provide crisis intervention services to students and
- Provide group and individual counseling services to students
to facilitate the educational process.
- Represent the schools on numerous community boards and
committees such as the Children's Mental Health Alliance,
YAK! (Youth/Adult Konnections), Blaine County Community Drug
Coalition, the BCSD Harassment Investigation Team, and CART
(Child Abuse Response Team).
- Teach the Social Emotional Curriculum (SEL) on personal safety, harassment, bullying
problem solving, anger management, impulse control,
friendship, stress management, and feelings to all students.
- Case-manage complex families to ensure utilization of needed
services and coordination of effort.
- Serve on Building Support and Leadership Teams, act as 504
coordinators, and serve on Multidisciplinary Teams that make
decisions regarding students of concern.
- Refer families to community agencies for material needs
food, clothing and medical assistance; and consult and
coordinate community agencies also working with students to
ensure continuity in the student's overall program.
- Conduct needs assessments and obtain social and developmental
histories in order to make the necessary recommendations
concerning problem areas and interventions.
- Identify needs within the community and develop or collaborate with
resources to meet such needs (e.g., Lunch Buddies, Attendance
Court, Afterschool Clubs, Counseling, etc.).
- Conduct screenings to assess mental health needs or
interpersonal problems that interfere with academic success,
develop treatment plans/goals to address such needs, and
coordinate service delivery.
- Promote active parental/guardian participation within
the educational environment.
- Develop programs or systems of care that support and
enhance the academic success, health, and the social and
emotional well-being and safety of students.
- Respond to issues of neglect and maltreatment.
- Serve as the School Building Homeless Liaisons.
When to Seek Help
Students are referred to school social workers when they show signs of
social or emotional difficulties that interfere with their adjustment and academic achievement in school, such as:
- They appear to have no friends.
- They do not work up to their known ability.
They fail to do required school work.
They appear neglected, abused, or unhappy.
They are disruptive to the school environment.
They are frequently absent or tardy.
They do not respect the rights of others.
They regularly complain of not feeling well.
They are excessively quiet, shy or withdrawn.
They lack problem solving and decision making skills.
If problems persist over an extended period of time, and especially
if others involved in the child's life are concerned, it may be
helpful to consult with a child/adolescent specialist or other
clinician trained to work with children.
Remember: The frequency, duration and severity are
often the difference between normal and problem behaviors.