Fri, March 6, 2015

 Welcome to your guide for social work services at Mora High School!

Sara Rossow, School Social Worker


What does a school social worker do?

School social workers are the link between home, school, and community for students.  The mission of school social work is to promote academic success by reducing social, emotional, economic, and environmental barriers to learning. 


Services Offered:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Group Support
  • Family Consultations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Chemical Violation Screening
  • Service Coordination for Highly Mobile Students
  • Information and Referral
  • Support Service Coordination
  • Staff Consultation and Support

Attendance Information:

One of the key ingredients to academic success is consisent attendance.  Mora High School is obligated to follow Minnesota State laws in addressing attendance.  More importantly, we strive to support positive attendance habits to provide all students opportunities to improve their learning.  The process for addressing truancy is explained in the brochure below:

Support for Students

If you suspect that your student might have a learning disability or that they may need additional support at school, we can work together to identify areas of concern and to develop a plan to support your student.  The first step to getting this help is to contact your school social worker for a referral to the Student Assistance Team (SAT).

Student Assistance Team (SAT)

SAT is a committe comprised of adminstrators, teachers, support staff, and is facilitated by the school social worker.  The team reviews student data and works with students, parents, and teachers to develop effective, individualized plans to support academic success.

504 Accommodation Plans

When students have documented disabilities, we are obligated to provide accomodations to support students in accessing educational opportunities.  If you believe your child could qualify for a section 504 accommodation plan and could benefit from that support, please contact your school social worker to initiate the assessment process. 

Small Group Counseling:

The proposed small groups for the 2011-2012 school year include:

  • 7th Grade Boys' Group
  • 7th Grade Girls' Group
  • 8th Grade Boys' Group
  • 8th Grade Boys' Group
  • 9th Grade Girls' Group
  • Change/Transition Group (grief & loss, family change, etc.)
  • Anger Management Group (by office referral only)

Support for Students In Transition

Homelessness exists in our community.  A combination of high housing costs and poverty causes many families to lose their housing.  Many young people leave their homes due to abuse, neglect, and family conflict.  Children and youth who have lost their housing live in a variety of places, including motels, shelters, shared residences, transitional housing programs, cars, campgrounds and others.  Despite these challenges, Mora Public Schools will ensure that all children and youth receive a free and appropriate public education and are given meaningful opportunities to succeed in our schools. 

This district follows the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act.  Under this federal law, children and youth in transition must have access to appropriate public education and be given a full opportunity to meet state and local academic achievement standards.  Some of these supports include:

  • Access to free lunch
  • Access to academic support
  • Transportation to their home district

Families experiencing transition are encouraged to contact the school social worker to develop a plan of support for their students. 

Resource for Teachers - McKinney Vento Act Powerpoint

Resource for Teachers - Homeless and Highly Mobile Identification Form