School Social Workers

Who are School Social Workers?


School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. 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 success.


For more information on specific ways that our school social workers can assist students, families, staff, and the community, please check out this document from the SSWA

Meet the District Social Workers

Bess Gates, LSW HSV

K-4 School Social Worker

O'Block Elementary

Pivik Elementary

gatesb@pbsd.net

(412) 798- 6304

Cassidy Pytash, LSW HSV

5-8 School Social Worker

Holiday Park Intermediate

Plum Middle School

pytashc@pbsd.net

(412) 798-6365

Eliana Jorgenson, LSW HSV

9-12 School Social Worker

Plum Senior High

jorgensone@pbsd.net

(412) 798-6397

As trained mental health professionals, our District social workers provide the following services:


  • Liaison between the students, the school system, the family, and the community as a whole

  • Intervention (individual, small group, classroom lessons, peer mediation)

  • Referrals/ Connection to resources

  • Crisis response

  • Collaboration with community agencies to provide basic needs, housing assistance, clothing, food, insurance, furniture, etc.

  • Home visits

  • Truancy intervention

  • Homelessness prevention and intervention

  • Emotional/behavioral consultation

  • Advocacy


If you ever find yourself needing assistance and don't know where to go, please reach out to your school social worker and we will help however we can!


Plum Borough School District Services

PBSD offers many in-service programming to support our students and families. Below you will find information that is offered district-wide (K-12).

Local Assistance and Resource Information

Allegheny County has a vast network of agencies and organizations that specialize in providing helpful information and services to those in need. We have also included information for out-of-county resources that are also in close proximity to Plum Borough. Resources have been organized based on topic/services provided. Click here for a Directory of Local Resources.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your school social worker.