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Social Work at CHS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cortland High School will be closed through April 29th. Social Workers will be available via voice messages and emails Monday - Friday from 8 am - 3 pm each week. 

  • In the event you need to talk to someone after hours or on weekends, please leave a voice message or email and your counselor will contact you ASAP; or call the Cortland County crisis line at (607) 756-3771 they are available 24/7.  

  • In the event of a mental health emergency please contact 911 or go to the nearest ER immediately. 

  • In the event your family is in need of any community support/resources please see below for a list of community agency supports and referrals.

We care very much about the overall well-being of our students and families. If your family is in need of anything, please do not hesitate to call and we will work together to try and find a solution. 

Please take the necessary precautions provided to us by the CDC and Cortland County Health Dept. and follow the
NYS PAUSE plan to do your part in decreasing the spread of this disease.


Jennifer Whelan, LMSW
High School (9-12) Social Worker
(607) 758-4100 ext. 1128

Kimberly Catalano, LMSW
High School (9-12) Social Worker
(607) 758-4100 ext. 1500



School Social Workers are instructional employees with the pupil and personnel services (PPS) department and are housed in each building. Duties include supporting instruction through counseling services to students, facilitation of instructional support teams, conduct social histories for committee on Special Education referrals, and serve as liaisons for parents, the school and the community. They also provide prevention and intervention activities within classrooms and are critical members of individual building and district crisis management teams.

Role of the Social Worker

  • Peer conflict resolution
  • Socio-emotional support
  • Counseling and crisis intervention
  • Liaison between families, school and community resources
  • Offer information and referrals for community based resources and services

Community Resources and Services 

Emergency Resources Mental Health & Substance Use Juvenile Services
Parent Partner Resources Health & Wellness Resources Assistance Programs



Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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