Welcome to CHPS School Social Work!

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals, with a master's degree in social work, who provide services related to a person's social, emotional, and life adjustment to school and community. School Social Workers are the link between the home, school, and community in providing direct, as well as indirect, services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social growth.

Julie Pond, MSW


(804)524-3445 ext 4708

Rylee White, MSW


(804)524-3445 ext 4705


School Social Workers address a variety of issues that impact a student’s ability to learn including: social/emotional stressors, mental health issues and crisis intervention, family conflict, truancy, abuse and neglect, and substance abuse. In addition, school social workers are vital in navigating the educational system for parents and accessing community resources for families. Specific duties of school social workers vary throughout the state and job responsibilities may include:

  • Conduct sociological assessments for students suspected of having a learning disability

  • Assist Eligibility Committees and Intervention Teams in multidisciplinary reviews of individual student academic needs

  • Advocacy for students and parents

  • Address barriers to the child, home, school, and community that interfere with student achievement

  • Crisis intervention and prevention

  • Assessment of student needs through observation, home visits, interviews, and assessments

  • Referrals to community agencies for students and families

  • Consultation, collaboration, and case management with community organizations and professionals

  • Individual and group social-emotional support services

  • Development and implementation of prevention programs that improve school climate