ERLACS Social Services
ERLACS Social Services is instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. Services help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning and work with students to get the services they need. We work with general and special education students and their families to resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems. We do this through assessment, consultation with school staff and community providers, through development and implementation of behavior management plans, and providing indirect and direct services. We help to bridge school, home and community to help students be as successful as possible.
Special Education and Behavorial Management
Social Services are part of the special education team and discipline. We facilitate meetings, participate in assessments, communicate with parents/guardians, and serve as a resource to students, families and other school staff.
Social Services work with individual students and families to support good attendance. Our goal is for every student to have 95%+ attendance for the school year.
Individual and Groups
Social Services staff meet one-on-one with individual students to work on any problems students may be having including peer relationships, behavior problems, problems in the community, at home or in school. Social Workers help students to develop social skills, coping strategies and to find positive solutions. Various groups are facilitated to address student needs. These include social skills, friendship skills, girls and boys groups.
Social Services staff assist students and their families to find the resources they need including food, housing, medical, clothing, tutoring, substance abuse resources, counseling, domestic abuse support, and others. If your family needs something please feel free to call a Social Services at 520-6468
HHM (Homeless and Highly Mobile)
Due to these difficult economic times, many of our students and families have become homeless or are highly mobile. If your student is HHM they are entitled to certain rights and we may have resources to help you through this challenging time. You may be HHM if you are in a shelter, living in a hotel or motel, moving frequently or are living doubled up due to a lack of affordable housing. Please contact any of our Social Services Staff to determine if you meet the HHM criteria or assist you in accessing resources.
Links to community partners and services
Sarah Reed Partial Program – http://www.sarahreed.org/index.html
Rainbow Connection – http://www.euma-erie.org/mission-programs/rainbow-connection/
Salvation Army – http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
Family Center – http://www.eriefamilycenter.org/