School Social Work News

Melissa Steadman, MSW

What does a school social worker do?

My main job is to remove barriers to children's education. This means that I help to ensure that children are attending school regularly and for full days and I work with parents and outside agencies to help families with other struggles such as basic needs and getting connected to Mental and Physical Health providers. I also work closely with the school counselor to help children work through behavior and interpersonal issues they may be experiencing here at school.

My Schedule

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday- Salem Elementary

Wednesday- Alston Ridge Elementary

Friday- Truancy Court

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Reminder from the Attendance Committee

It is widely understood that one of the most important factors leading to student success is attending school on a regular basis.

North Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law requires all enrolled students to attend school regularly. There are certainly situations over which we have no control. These excused absences would include absence due to:

  • Illness or Injury
  • Doctor’s appointment
  • Death in the Family
  • Religious Observance
  • Court

The absence will be excused if a note from a parent or doctor is brought to school when the student returns.

We respectfully request that families refrain from taking their children out of school for additional vacation time. Such absences are unexcused and place an unnecessary burden on both students and teachers. Your support in ensuring our students' regular, on time attendance at school is greatly appreciated.


The Attendance Committee

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The Importance of School Attendance - School Absence Prevention - Ad Council

Checking in and Out

Students who check in at least 30 minutes late or

check out 30 minutes early are missing

valuable instructional time.

Once a week= 1110 minutes a school year

(over 3 full school days)

Twice a week= 2220 minutes in a school year

(over 6 full school days)

Three times a week= 3330 minutes a school year

(over 9 full school days)


"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

How to contact me:

work cell and confidential voicemail box-919-818-9210