Social Workers

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Boise Schools Social Workers bring unique knowledge and skills to our school system.  Social Workers are instrumental in furthering our District's academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving our mission.  

Services provided by our Social Workers include:
  • Collaborating with school and community resources to assist students in maintaining enrollment and achieving academic success.

  • Acting as a liaison between home, school and community to enhance communication and relationships, and to assist in identifying factors that influence student performance.

  • Supporting and collaborating with parents, administrators, guidance counselors, mental health professionals and other special services to improve student success.

  • Assisting families in understanding and accessing resources available within the school and community.

  • Providing short-term crisis intervention, counseling and student support groups.

  • Secondary Level Services:
    All District high schools and some junior high schools are served by Social Workers.  They provide short-term casework with parents, crisis intervention, parent education and skill development, consultation with teachers and other staff members, provide liaison referral services to community agencies, and conduct home visits.

    Elementary Level Services:
    In partnership with the Department of Health and Welfare, many of our elementary schools are served by Community Resource Workers. They develop a family-centered plan that assists families with housing, food, utilities, child care, clothing, school performance, counseling, behavior problems, medical care, parenting and liaison referral services to community agencies.


Tamra Vanegas

Supervisor, Counseling and Social Work

Shelley Rhinehart
Administrative Assistant