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School Based Staff
 
School-based social workers or counselors have been part of the PACT for Families team since 1996. We employ 11 full-time staff working in 10 school districts across the five counties. The school districts include ACGC, BOLD, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, Canby, Cedar Mountain, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Renville County West, New London-Spicer, and Willmar. Each person’s position is unique to the building and district in which they work. Three of the positions serve students in grades K-12 (BOLD, Cedar Mountain, and Canby); the other positions have various assignments covering one or more of the elementary, middle school, and high school sections as assigned by the district.
 
PACT for Families school social workers/counselors work ten months that covers the school year plus additional time for student and family contact at the start and end of the year. Some staff help with targeted services or special programming after the school year ends and into June; others work with a “jumpstart” program in late summer to help kids get re-engaged with school. During the school year, staff provide a critical link between school and students and their families. They are involved with special education programming and provide a combination of classroom presentations, small group sessions, and individual meetings with students. The social workers provide something unique to each building and the children in their care.

For a complete list of school staff, please see the Staff Directory page under the "About" tab.