(SWIS) Saskatchewan Settlement Workers in Schools
The SWIS (Settlement Workers in Schools) program is a partnership between service provider organizations, local school divisions and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Key Roles of SWIS:
SWIS seek to:
- Support successful school integration by assisting in school registration, school orientation, parent/teacher interviews and meetings, home visits and follow-up meetings.
- Provide information and guidance on educaional issues to students and parents.
- Collaborate with the school counsellors and the community to provide practical, culturally sensitive guidance, referrals and intervention during crisis situations.
- Advocate for the rights and responsibilities of all students and their families.
SWIS seek to:
- Refer families to affordable community programs (sports, children's dental clinic, libraries, summer and school break camps, teen and youth programs).
- Encourage new families to become involved in school events and community recreational activities.
- Promote respect for cultural diversity by providing multi-cultural training to school personnel, parents, students, and the community regarding newcomer issues.
The SWIS website is continually updated with information and links that are of value to newcomer families, and those dealing with newcomers.