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Meet Our School Social Worker
 
Mr. Brian Rice serves as the District's School Social Worker.  A retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer of 25 years, Brian has worked in various capacities within the District for over six years.  He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Geneva College and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Youngstown State University.
 
 
The Role of the School Social Worker
 
The School Social Worker is  available in each school to address the various needs of our students.  Mr. Rice works closely with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies to promote and ensure students' academic and social success at school.  Whether a student simply needs help navigating through a difficult or stressful situation or in circumstances where more specialized services are required, the following are some of the ways Mr. Rice can provide support:
  • Home visits
  • Parent education and training
  • Collaboration with community agencies to assist families to obtain help or services needs.
  • Referrals for services , both inside and outside the District
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Collaboration with school professionals 

As a member of the education team in each school, Mr. Rice can help students to:

  • improve attendance
  • cope with crisis situations
  • develop self-discipline
  • build self-esteem
  • enhance problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • take advantage of educational opportunities
  • learn to resolve conflicts without violence
  • assist students with transitioning from school to school
  • remain in school and graduate
  • work to ensure the educational process continues as uninterrupted as possible while the student is in a homeless situation. 
Early Intervention Indicators & Reasons for Referral
 
A student may be referred to the School Counselor and/or Social Worker when the student shows signs of social and/or emotional difficulties which are interfering with the student's success at school and after all appropriate interventions available have been exhausted by the on-site staff.  Such indicators may include:
  • Frequent absences/tardies
  • Failure to complete school work
  • Poor hygiene/appearance
  • Excessively quiet/withdrawn
  • Frequent illness
  • Appearances of neglect or abuse
  • Constantly disruptive
  • Extremely aggressive

The School Counselor/Social Worker will then assess the problem and may do one or more of the following:

  • Contact the family by letter, telephone, and/or home visit
  • Attempt to visit the student at school (with permission)
  • Advocate for appropriate change
  • Update the contact person from school  
Contact Information
Mr. Brian Rice
School Social Worker
Phone:  724-6564735  Ext. 127 
New Castle Area School District
420 Fern Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Phone: 724-656-4756 | Fax: 724-656-4767
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