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2017-2018 SSW Calendar

2017-18 SSW Calendar


LPS Back-to-School Event

22 SSW PD Day




Northland Grandfamilies Conference



Liberty Community Christmas Tree Applications Due!!!


Liberty Community Christmas Tree Food Drive Ends

March SSW Week

Register to attend LPS Back-to-School Event in Aug



SSW Program

School Social Workers

School Social Workers bridge the gap between home, school, and community to support and advocate for struggling students and their families. The primary goal of school social work is to address barriers to success and to provide the resources that students and families need to achieve success both in school and in life. As integral members of an interdisciplinary educational team, school social workers provide both direct and indirect services to students and their families, services that empower them to provide for their family's basic needs and to resolve any social, emotional, or behavioral issues that may be hindering their student's academic success. Just some of the many services that School Social Workers provide are:

  • Professional Case Management
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention
  • Advocacy for Students, Parents, and the School
  • Referrals to Social Service Resources available in the Community 
  • Referrals to and Facilitation of Social Service Resources provided on the School Campus
  • Home Visits
  • Attendance Monitoring and Truancy Intervention Services
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Support Groups for Students and Parents
  • Parent Education and Training
  • Safe School Climate and Prevention Programming
  • Facilitation of other Therapeutic Student Services Programs
  • Collaboration with Educational and Student Services Professionals
  • Collaboration with Community Agencies and Organizations
  • Solicitation and Facilitation of Community Involvement in the School
  • Staff Training and Development
  • Policy Advocacy and Development

If you would like to receive more information about how an LPS School Social Worker may be able to help you or your family, please feel free to complete our SSW Family Assessment Form and turn it in to your student's school. Once it is received, an LPS School Social Worker will contact you.

School Social Work News

Liberty Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of 2, new social workers to the L.P.S. social worker team for the 2017-18 school year. Please help us welcome:


Ms. Kim Downs. Kim brings school-based social worker experience from a few Kansas City area school districts, most recently Smithville Public Schools. Kim will work with the students, staff, and community of Lillian Schumacher Elementary, Liberty Oaks Elementary, and Alexander Doniphan Elementary.


Ms. Melissa Whitmore began her school-based social work experience with L.P.S. as an intern. Before coming back to LPS in her current role, she served as program manager with Synergy Services. Melissa will assume social worker duties at Manor Hill, Kellybrook, and Warren Hills elementary schools.


Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school social work program. Liberty Public Schools recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents, and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally include safety issues (harm to self and/or others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities according to the NASW School Social Worker Code of Ethics.

Mission Statement

Liberty School Social Workers are dedicated to the district’s educational mission by providing services that strengthen home, school, and community partnerships and supporting students
and their family’s emotional and physical
well being.