Cell phone: 919-356-3671 (call or text)
JGE (Mon-Thurs) 919-774-3733, ext 3550
TWAY (Fri) 919-718-0170, ext 4147
Hi! I’m Valerie Davenport, the school social worker for J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School and Tramway Elementary School. My role as a school social worker is to identify barriers that may interfere with a student’s ability to reach their full personal potential and academic success. I also provide a link between school and home, which means I make a lot of phone calls, send a lot of text messages, Dojo messages and emails, as well as making a lot of home visits. This is all in an effort to help improve the communication between schools and home. Another important service that I provide is to help families connect with community agencies that may be able to help them in a time of need. I also provide assistance for student enrollment and provide McKinney Vento services for families that may be displaced from their permanent residence.
One issue that I frequently talk with parents about is attendance, specifically focusing on unexcused absences and chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism is when a student has missed 10% or more of time enrolled, during any part of the school year. This is a leading cause of poor school performance and a potential drop out indicator. Remember a note from a parent/guardian is required in order for us to excuse any absence and only specific reasons are lawfully allowed for a student to be absent from school. In the links below, you can access more information about school attendance requirements according to the NC Compulsory School Attendance Law, as well as atttendance information pertaining to your child's school in their parent/student handbooks.
Please never hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about your child.