Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
A MESSAGE FROM THE SSWAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rebecca K. Oliver
Last spring, SSWAA chose a theme for the 2019-2020 school year which was tied to School Social Work Week in early March and the 23rd National Conference originally scheduled for mid-March. Our national theme: “BEACON OF HOPE: School Social Workers – Lighting the Way” has certainly been applicable in recent days. The last few weeks have been evolving quickly around the COVID-19 health crisis. We have all been in uncharted waters! Things have been stormy, rough, and uncertain. Now, more than ever, School Social Workers have the opportunity to be “Beacons of Hope” to students, families, and their school communities. #BeaconofHope
The COVID-19 health crisis has consumed much space on social media and in newscasts. Many of us have developed a new set of terms and vocabulary as the situation has evolved. We have learned terms like Epidemic/Pandemic, Self-Quarantine, Social Distancing, Shelter-in-Place/Stay-at-Home/Healthy at Home orders, and Flattening the Curve.
As School Social Workers always do, we come at this situation with resilience, positivity, and from a strengths perspective. While individuals are called to practice social distancing, increasing their distance from other humans, we can cling to our humanity caring for others and caring for ourselves. While we are cooperative with efforts to flatten the curve, we do not need to flatten our smiles and our optimism. And, while an epidemic is a widespread infectious disease, School Social Workers can spread widely resources and hope. #SpreadHope #KeepingourHumanity
SSWAA is committed to continue to support our members by curating resources, offering trainings, and encouraging our members and fellow professionals as we press on during the upcoming weeks and months. #TeamSSWAA
SSWAA will be sending weekly update emails to members with our efforts and updated resources. If you are not a member of SSWAA we invite you to join! Also, feel free to check back frequently to see what resources and tools have been added.
We stand with you! SSWAA believes that School Social Workers will continue to shine their light through these challenging and unknown times, and we look to come out of this situation stronger and more committed to our vital work. #SSWCommunity
#BeaconofHope #SpreadHope #KeepingourHumanity #TeamSSWAA #SSWCommunity
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