• School Social Workers: Making A Difference!

    Pflugerville ISD has Licensed Social Workers employed by the district. We are available to assist families of students enrolled in our district.

    Mission:

    School Social Workers provide families and students with support by mobilizing available resources, fostering positive relationships between family, school and community and developing opportunities for students to prosper in their educational experiences and beyond.

    Services provided:

    • Provides home visits to students and parent/guardian to assess and address their needs
    • Provides programs and services to parents that include education and referral to appropriate community agencies
    • Facilitates parental involvement
    • Provides short-term individual and structured group counseling services
    • Provides prevention and crisis intervention services
    • Encourages supportive peer relationships and positive attitudes
    • Provides guidance to student to make healthy choices
    • Provides advocacy services for students and families
    • Provides case management services to students with severe and chronic problem
    • Coordinates referrals for social services in the community
    • Collaborates with campus-based and district support services professionals
    • Provides information, training, education and consultation services to the campus and communities concerning social service issues

    What is a School Social Worker?

    • A licensed, specially trained, caring person
    • A listener
    • A resource person
    • A counselor and a consultant
    • A group leader
    • A person who assists students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators

    What are the Qualifications of a School Social Worker?

    • Master's Degree in Social Work
    • State Licensure and/or other specialized certification
    • Continuing education through in-service training sessions, workshops, and seminars

    For more information about Social Workers, go to http://www.naswtx.org

    Social Work Team

    Vicky Esparza-Gregory, LCSW   Lead Social Worker and District Homeless Liaison
    Office Phone: (512) 594-1953 Fax: (512) 594-1951

    Ana Bowie, LMSW - Serving Pflugerville High School
    Office Phone: (512) 594-0539 Fax: (512) 594-0505 

    Lori Carl, LBSW - Serving Hendrickson High School
    Office Phone: (512) 594-1176 Fax: (512) 594-1105

    Leo Tousant, LMSW - Serving Connally High School
    Office Phone: (512) 594-0823 Fax: (512) 594-0806

    Janett Rodriguez , LMSW - Project HOPE - Serving Families in displaced situations and Title 1 Elementary schools
    Office Phone: (512) 594-1960 Fax: (512) 594-1951

    Alex Anderson, LMSW-Serving Westview and Pflugerville Middle Schools
    Office Phone:  (512) 594-2289 
     
    Karina Cantu, LMSW- Serving Dessau and Park Crest Middles Schools 
    Office Phone: 512-594-2632 
     
    Shawn Winkelman, LMSW- Serving Cele and Kelly Lane Middles Schools
    Office phone: 512-594-3154 
     
    Erin Billie, LCSW - Care Coordination for Special Ed students
    Office Phone: 512-594-1962
     
     

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    The education provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act, which are now incorporated within No Child Left Behind, ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. In addition, the law directly applies to homeless unaccompanied youth who also receive some special attention within the Act.

    Who are Homeless Children and Youth?

     

    Before schools can be certain they are complying with legislation related to educating students experiencing homelessness, they must understand who can be considered homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) defines "homeless children and youth" (school-aged and younger) as:

    • Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
      • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
      • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
      • Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
      • Abandoned in hospitals.
      • Awaiting foster care placement.
    • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations.
    • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
    • The term unaccompanied youth includes a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. This would include runaways living in runaway shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets, or in other inadequate housing; children and youth denied housing by their families

    Unaccompanied Youth

    Unaccompanied youth include young people who have run away from home, been thrown out of their homes, or have been abandoned by parents. These young people are separated from their parents for a variety of reasons. Over half reported being physically abused at home, and over one-third reported sexual abuse. Over two-thirds reported that at least one of their parents abused drugs or alcohol. For many of these young people, leaving home is a survival issue.

    Unaccompanied youth have the same rights as other students experiencing homelessness to enroll in, attend, and succeed in public school.

    If you feel you qualify to receive services through the Provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act based on the information above fill out a Student Residency Questionnaire (form 5) found under the enrollment section of the PISD web site or at a PfISD campus.

    Submit completed form to your school or contact the District Homeless Liaison at (512) 594-1953 or the Project HOPE Social worker at 512-594-1960 to begin the qualification process. Homeless students may be enrolled provisionally for 30 days without documentation.  The school district will assist in obtaining required documentation for enrollment.

     

    Helpful Numbers and Resources

    Alcohol & Drug Assistance

    • Alcoholics Anonymous…….. (512) 444-0071
    • Narcotics Anonymous……… (512) 480-0004
    • Nicotine Anonymous…….….. (512) 467-2795

    Counseling & Crisis Assistance

    • AIDS Services of Austin....... (512) 458-2437
    • APD Victim Services…....…........ (512) 974-5037
    • Capital Area Mental Health..….(512) 302-1000
    • Debtors Anonymous….................(512) 320-7678
    • Hospice Austin ……...........………..…(512) 342-4700
    • LifeWorks (North Austin)…..…(512) 735-2400
    • Pflugerville Police Dept….…..... (512) 251-4004
    • STARRY (Counseling)……........…..(512) 388-8290
    • SafePlace (Counseling).….....…..(512) 267-SAFE

    Hotlines and Other Help-Lines

    • Child Abuse Hotline ..............1-800-252-5400 (Dept of Family and Protective Services)
    • MHMR Hotline/Suicide……......(512) 472-HELP
    • Youth Crisis Hotline .……........(512) 441-TEEN
    • Domestic Violence Hotline... 1-800-799-7233
    • Runaway Switchboard..............1-800-621-4000 (Youth Get a Ride Home FREE Program)
    • STD/AIDS Hotline ……….........1-800-227-8922
    • Travis Co. Districts Attorney’s Office ..............(512) 854-9415 (Victims Services)
    • TX Youth Hotline………......….….1-800-210-2278
    • TX Runaway Hotline…….....……1-888- 580-HELP

    Financial/Legal Assistance

    • Texas Health & Human Services - Medicaid, CHIP, Food Stamps, and Medicare Programs
      Austin Residents...……...…............... (512) 339-8868
      Pflugerville Residents………............ (512) 244-1592
    • Pflugerville Community Ctr.…...... (512) 972-4278
    • Texas Legal Aid…………….............…....1-800-369-9270
    • TX Legal Services Center…......... (512) 477-3950
    • Volunteer Legal Services ….....…... (512) 476-5550
    • Women’s Advocacy Project (services below)
    • Disaster Relief Legal Hotline.. 1-800-622-2520
    • Family Law Hotline….………..............1-800-777-FAIR
    • Family Violence Legal Line…...... 1-800-374-HOPE
    • Sexual Assault Hotline….............1-888-296-SAFE

    There is no charge when you call a 1-800 or 1-888 phone numbers.