June 13, 2019, Washington, VA, Rappahannock News: RCPS hire long-sought social worker https://rappnews.com/2019/06/13/rcps-hire-long-sought-social-worker/ In a closed session of the School Board meeting Tuesday, the RCPS School Board approved the hiring of Kathy Sickler, MSW, LCSW for the position of school social worker. This marks the first time Rappahannock County Public Schools has employed a full-time social worker. … Her nearly two decades of experience revolve mainly around working with at risk youth, and she has particular specialization in adolescents in crisis and substance abuse intervention. She is also working toward becoming trauma-certified as well…. …Secondly, the social worker will be on-site to provide immediate assistance, intervention, and treatment for students in crisis situations. And thirdly, the social worker will develop and manage an anonymous hotline to report incidences of bullying, threats, suicide-risk, and request for family services. According to Grimsley, “This is an enormous step toward becoming a more trauma-informed school and community. Ms. Sickler will be an amazing resource for our children and families.”
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.