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Why does the Randolph County School System have School Social Workers?

School Social Workers help students succeed by supporting the school staff, families and students in identifying barriers to academic success. It is through this effort to work collaboratively with the school, family, and student to reduce and eliminate these obstacles. These obstacles may be truancy, financial concerns, lack of basic needs, drug abuse, divorce, transportation, and mental health.

School Social Workers are mandated by law to address issues concerning the North Carolina School Attendance Law § 115C-378. School Social Workers work with families whose children are missing days from school and days tardy to school.  School Social Workers meet with these families and offer resources and recommendations to resolve the problem(s) prior to charges being filed.  Should the attendance not improve, the School Social Worker will represent the school in court regarding the student’s truancy.

School Social Workers assist in times of crisis. These individuals are specifically trained to help schools, families and students during traumatic events (abuse, death, rape, serious injuries, suicide, school violence, natural disasters, etc.)  Schools are equipped to send out teams of support for many of the events identified, with School Social Workers being vital to crisis teams.

School Social Workers make referrals. Social Workers can help provide referrals and resources in helping meet the needs of both schools and families. These needs include, but are not limited to:   
Mental Health Counseling, Healthcare, Substance Abuse Prevention/Counseling, Tutoring/Mentoring, Legal Aid, Food/ Clothing/Shelter/Clothes/Transportation, Abuse or Neglect, Chronic Attendance or Tardy Issues.

Overall, the Randolph County School System Social Workers promote and enhance the overall academic mission by providing services that strengthen home/school/community connections. School Social Workers significantly contribute to the development of a healthy, safe and caring environment by advancing the understanding of the emotional and social development of children, while recognizing the influences of family, community and cultural differences on students' success. The principle role of the School Social Worker is to empower students, families and school personnel to access available opportunities and resources in order to fully reach their greatest potential.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

What is the difference between a School Social Worker and a social worker from the Department of Social Services (esp. Child Protective Service)?

School Social Workers are employed through Randolph County School System, not the Department of Social Services.  While all Social Workers work to assist families in meeting needs, School Social Workers work with families to break down barriers that interfere with academic progress and success in a student.  DSS-CPS Social Workers resolve issues of possible neglect or abuse of a child.  School Social Workers, like all Randolph County School Employees, are mandated to make a referral to DSS-CPS should they suspect neglect or abuse.

Who can make a referral to the School Social Worker?

Anyone can make a referral...Students, parents, school staff, and community agencies.

How do I contact a School Social Worker?

School Social Workers in Randolph County serve multiple schools. If you need to contact your school's social worker, please contact the school at which your child is registered, or click on the "Meet Our School Social Workers" link under "Additional Pages" on the right for contact information and schools served.

Vita Broadnex

Eastern Randolph High
Franklinville Elementary
Grays Chapel Elementary
SE Randolph Middle

vbroadnex@randolph.k12.nc.us  
Work cell 336-338-8473

Kendra Cranford

Hopewell Elementary
Level Cross Elementary
Trindale Elementary
Wheatmore High

kcranford@randolph.k12.nc.us
Work cell: 336-365-8065

Michele Futrell

Farmer Elementary
Liberty Elementary
Ramseur Elementary

mfutrell@randolph.k12.nc.us
Work cell: 336-338-8270

Tanya Little

John Lawrence Elementary
Randleman Elementary 
Randleman High
Randleman Middle

tlittle@randolph.k12.nc.us
Work cell: 336-355-8471

Susan Robbins

New Market Elementary

s3robbins@randolph.k12.nc.us
Work cell: 336-355-0876

Jessica Stevens

Archdale Elementary 
Archdale-Trinity Middle
Braxton Craven Middle
Trinity Elementary
Trinity High

j1stevens@randolph.k12.nc.us  
Work cell: 336-307-6300

Brianna Rouse

Coleridge Elementary
Northeastern Randolph Middle
Providence Grove High
Tabernacle Elementary
Uwharrie Ridge 6-12

brouse@randolph.k12.nc.us
Work cell: 336-799-0008

Emilee Hammer

Randolph Early College High
Seagrove Elementary
Southmont Elementary
Southwestern Randolph High
Southwestern Randolph Middle
Tabernacle Elementary
Uwharrie Ridge 6-12

ehammer@randolph.k12.nc.us
Work cell: 336-303-1464

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