Social Work Is Front and Center as Schools Fully Reopen

Aug 31, 2021


Social Work is Front and Center as Schools Fully Reopen

By Laetitia Clayton, Editor

I remember the excitement I felt as a kid when summer was coming to an end and school was about to start back. I loved the summers off, too, but there was a certain anticipation about returning to school to see all of my classmates and teachers and to learn new things. I can’t imagine how I would feel today if I were a student.

COVID has changed so much for all of us over the past year and a half, and schools are no exception. In this issue’s cover story, social workers weigh in on the best ways to help children, families and teachers adjust as schools fully reopen. One message is that there is an opportunity to make school environments more welcoming and less punitive.

We also examine social work’s involvement in reimagining law enforcement. The issue is complex, but it’s important for social work to have a voice and be part of the change. Social workers already are involved in various ways—by supporting legislation and community engagement when it comes to reimagining the U.S. policing system.

In Association News, learn about the recently released NASW report on addressing systemic racism. Also read about an NASW Texas Chapter program that focuses on post-pandemic re-openings, and how the Illinois, North Dakota and Wyoming chapters coordinated a multistate conference.

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