Social Services

The OCPS Social Services team is committed to promoting the educational success and mental health development of Orange County Public School’s students through collaboration with families and school personnel. We are dedicated to advocating on behalf of all children and youth by implementing effective programs that improve outcomes for all students.

School Social Work

School social workers are professionals who meet the state requirements to practice social work in the school setting. They help students address barriers to learning through an ecological perspective that the student is viewed within the context of the classroom, the family, the community and culture. School social workers are prepared to understand and assess the functioning of an individual student in the context of multiple environments. They provide services to all students related to the student’s social and emotional adjustment to school, family, community and society. School social workers are the link between the home, school and community. They provide direct and indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success. School social workers are prepared to provide a breadth of services as members of multidisciplinary school teams. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment and screening
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Crisis intervention
  • Collaboration between home and school
  • Advocacy
  • Services to families
  • Services to school staff
  • Coordination of community agency services
  • Classroom observations of students and teacher support

Student Services Assignments 2023 - 24

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OCPS Supports

Families in need of social services, mental health services, or support for homelessness can complete a request for an OCPS staff member to reach out to them and provide assistance.

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Department Contacts

Lisa Coffey
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2022639

Juliane Cross
Senior Administrator
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2002682

Tammy Speed-Hefner
Senior Administrator
Phone 407.317.3908 Ext. 6282744

Michele Walker
Program Specialist
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2007103

Susana Morales-Bailey
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.317.3274

Social Services

445 W. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32801 407.317.3394