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March is National Social Work Month

Did you know? Published Friday, March 12, 2021

Did you know that this week was National School Social Work Week?

Did you know that March is National Social Work Month?

BCSD currently employs 10 social workers that serve a student body population of approximately 37,000 students.

This year BCSD social workers provided more than 10,000 forms of interventions to students – including but not limited to home visits, student/family assessments, basic resources, counseling and crisis intervention.

The work done by our social workers is invaluable. During the Coronavirus pandemic, social workers have been on the frontlines – helping students and their families – serving needs in the school environment and elsewhere.

If you missed the opportunity to thank a BCSD social worker this week, please consider doing so before National Social Work Month ends on March 31. There is a nationwide shortage of social workers, and in Berkeley County School District, we are blessed to have such a team that helps young people cope with complicated issues.

If you or your child believe you may need the assistance of a BCSD social worker, please contact our Coordinator of Programs for Children At-Risk, Elaine Swain, at 843-899-8514 or swaine@bcsdschools.net.

 

Community Resources

  • Trident United Way Online Support Trident United Way provides the most up to date library of community agencies available to help.  It is categorized by what you need and your neighborhood. If you do not have internet, you may call Trident United Way. Dial 211 on your phone to get help 24 hours a day.
  • Food pantries in the Berkeley County area - Linked here is a robust list of food pantries in our area compiled by Trident United Way. VIEW LIST
  • Berkeley Community Mental Health – This service focuses on teens, adolescents and children. Individual, family and group therapy services are available. VISIT SITE
  • Suicide Prevention and Resources – This link to the website of the South Carolina Department of Education contains many resources for suicide prevention. VISIT SITE

 

DSS, SCDE Pandemic EBT Information

The Department of Social Services (DSS) and the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) are working to provide Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to qualifying children across South Carolina.

All households with potentially eligible students are strongly encouraged to validate their address in the DSS P-EBT Address Portal on or before March 19, 2021.

The P-EBT Address Portal is located on the DSS website at, https://benefitsportal.dss.sc.gov/#/pebt/addressverification.

To locate a child in the Address Portal the parent must have: Student Last Name, Date of Birth, Student ID, School District, and School Name.

If a parent or guardian does not know the Student ID, they can obtain this information from the child's school.

Additional Information

» P-EBT School Eligibility - Attachment
» P-EBT FAQs - Attachment