Mr. Lawrenz

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

John Lawrenz - School Social Worker

john.lawrenz@ssdtigers.org (533-1618) Room 440


About Myself!

I have been working in the Stewartville School District since January 15, 1990. I am licensed as both a School Social Worker (MN Board of Education) and a Social Worker (MN Board of Social Work) in the State of Minnesota. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Black Hills State College (Spearfish, SD) on December 21, 1984. Prior to this educational setting, I was employed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.



School Social Worker Schedule:

I work with any student needing my help in grades 6-12. I also spend time collaborating with the Special Education, Problem Solving, Fernbrook, and REACH teams at SMS/SHS. My office hours are 7:30-3:30pm each day.

School - Linked Mental Health Services:


Individual, family, peer and sometimes mental health issues can interfere with the school performance of our students. Early identification and intervention can help improve a student's school adjustment and increase his or her ability to succeed. Mental health services co-located in the school setting have shown to improve academic, social and home functioning. Stewartville Public Schools have joined with Fernbrook Family Center to provide mental health services in our school setting effective on April 15, 2014. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is also supporting this endeavor aimed at improving academic success and overall student functioning. If this is something that you have interest in and would support, contact a school social worker or counselor for referral information.


Helpful Links/Resources/Information

Homeschool:

Each school year parents can choose to homeschool their children by simply registering with the local school district by doing one of two things: (1) Complete a Full Report/Initial Report to the Superintendent; or, (2) Complete a Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling. The date to submit this paperwork is October 1st. If you are transferring from another school/state, you have 15 days to register with the new school district after withdrawing from your previous school. All children (ages 7-17) who are being homeschooled should be declared by their parents to the local school district.


Mandatory Reporting:

Did you know that any professional who works with children is considered a "Mandatory Reporter?" The Minnesota Maltreatment of Minors Law - 626.556 requires all professionals to report (to Social Services or Law Enforcement) when "you know OR have reason to believe" that a single child has been abused/neglected within the past three years, or multiple children going back 10 years. An oral report must be made within 24 hours, and then followed up with a written report within 72 hours. The name of the reporter is "confidential" and may be disclosed by court order only. All reporters are granted immunity from civil or criminal liability when acting in good faith.


Data Privacy:

According to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Section 13.02), data that is collected, created, received, maintained, and disseminated is categorized into one of three areas: (1) Public Data which is accessible to anyone, including "Directory Data" in a school setting; (2) Private Data which is accessible to a student/parent, or any school employee who has a "Educational Need" to know; and (3) Confidential Data which is NOT accessible unless there is a court order!


Bridget Hale Sharing Project:

The Guidance Staff of Stewartville Schools has helped “families in need” in our community since the 2003-2004 school year. At that time, this endeavor was initially called the "Holiday Sharing Project." Throughout the years, we saw a growing need to help students and families all year long rather than just at Christmas time. Thus, the name changed to "Sharing Project" to reflect this. In August 2016, Bridget Hale died unexpectedly. Bridget Hale was a loved teacher in our Middle School who had a heart for providing for the many needs of our students and families. Upon her death, her family had asked if our school district would name something in her memory. Administrators granted this request, and our Sharing Project was then renamed the "Bridget Hale Sharing Project." Thus, any monies given to the school for this project are used to help all students and families in need. Families feel cared for by the school and community, and this helps us as we continue to work with them as their children progress (Pre K-12) through school. Some children and parents would go without if this project didn’t exist. Not all the money given is distributed during the Holidays. Some money is kept for needs that arise throughout the whole school year. However, all money contributed is given back to families in need. There are no administrative costs for doing this program! The Guidance Team does this out of the goodness of our hearts because we care about others and want to make a difference for them. Food, shoes/clothes, school supplies, haircuts, gas, presents, pictures, alarm clocks, school trips, class fees, computer covers or insurance/chargers, Christmas trees, etc. are only some of the identified needs that we have helped with. This project helps students and families learn that we care about more than just reading and writing, even though we want all students to succeed academically in our district!


*{This site is current through 11/15/18!}*