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Greenwich, CT: 'Growing caseload'; need for more social services

Sept 29, 2018, Norwalk, CT, Greenwich Times: Educators: Greenwich schools need more social workers https://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Educators-Greenwich-schools-need-more-social-13268373.php The need for social services in Greenwich Public Schools is increasing, but the presence of social workers at schools across the district remains uneven. “We’re having a growing caseload of students,” said Sandra Saavedra, a social worker who joined the district this spring and splits her time between Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon schools…. …By contrast, Eastern Middle School has two workers, because it has a high number of students using special education services, … … Parents and teachers are concerned that students do not have adequate access to mental health resources, she said. … Earlier this month, Forde proposed that the school board add $350,000 to future school budgets to pay for three additional social workers, which would cover salary and benefits. … Each elementary school has a staff psychologist. …