Family Partnerships and Support

 

General Recommendations for all populations

  1. Provide families with resources they need to meet basic needs so that they can support their student(s).
  2. Provide families with the resources they need to meet their students’ academic needs so that they can support their student(s).
  3. Provide options and variety so that families can participate to the level they are capable.
  4. Cross curricula work benefits students and staff as well as parents by streamlining continuous learning.


Essential Tasks

  1. All families should be provided with a list of resources they can utilize to receive the things they need during this time. It is important to look at this through the lens of providing families with the resources they would be getting through the schools if they were in the building.
    1. If students receive F/R Lunch and/or Breakfast, the district should provide them with food resources.
    2. If students utilize a clothing bank, the district should provide them with other options.
  2. A list of specific resources/agencies will need to be created by the individual districts (utilize district social workers and counselors as well as home visiting programs to not reinvent the wheel). 

    Need: Food

    Need: Clothing

    Need: Childcare

    Need: WiFi/Tech

    Need: __________

    Food Bank

    List Local Resources

    List Local Resources

    List Local Resources

    List Local Resources

  3. Establish a resource (phone number to call or text, e-mail, website, etc.) for parents to contact with questions.
  4. Create a plan for continuous guidance for families because even though it might make sense during the first day and first conversation, families will need support to continue learning and recognizing success.


How much time can your students’ developmental age handle for continuous learning? And, how much time and ability can your families handle for continuous learning? 

  • Depending on the age and developmental stage of the children, they may require hands-on involvement by parents, caregivers, siblings, or others. Consider what you are asking families to complete as it may be a family who lacks time and ability to engage in continuous learning, or it may be a sibling or neighbor that is responsible for the child’s supervision and continuous learning.
    • What is one small thing each family might be able to commit to? How can teachers help families identify one small goal for each week? (Remember the goal is for learning to occur, which won’t happen under stress and fear, so engaging families in a conversation about what they can manage will help uncover ways to successfully engage in continuous learning.)


How can we support our students and families during this process?

  • Provide families with a point person to reach out to if they have questions about the continuous learning process or the latest district information and impact on schools.
  • Send guidance out to the community as a whole to ensure all community members may best support students and families. For example: what about observing OTHER people/families who think they might need help.
  • Connect families with a list of resources/ groups that can help support families and their needs (Reach out to district social workers and counselors for further support and information here.).
  • Note: It is recommended that resources and information be mailed out to ALL families to ensure that resources are received when families do not have access to internet/devices.

Needs

Resources

Childcare

Clothing

Food

Instructional Support

Mental Health Services

Transportation

4-H

American Legion

Boys & Girls Club

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts

Chamber of Commerce

Childcare (Child Care Aware of Kansas)

Churches

Community Mental Health Centers

Early Intervention and Special Education contacts

Food Banks

Homeless & Precariously Housed Services

Library

Lions Club

Local Restaurants

Parents as Teachers

PTOs

Rotary

United way


How might we provide support for each other during this process?

  • Provide families with community resources (food, childcare, county health department, parent resources, academic resources, resource helplines, etc.)
  • Reach out to family engagement programs such as Parents as Teachers and Early Intervention - they are experts in parent coaching and engaging families within the home environment and routines!


How can you virtually create a professional learning community for your content area for the rest of the year? (Facebook group just for KS teachers in this area?)

  • Websites and phone numbers to agencies listed above
  • What are local resources/groups districts can connect families to? (See above.)
  • Use your district social workers, counselors, and home visiting programs for their expertise in how to engage families in continuous learning


Recommendations for voice and choice for students and families?

  • Consider ways to gather family input before making district decisions that rely on family involvement (survey, virtual meeting, letter, email, etc.)
  • Helping parents understand (guidance in how to follow their child’s lead and what success with continuous learning looks like)


What 2-3 online resources/platforms would you recommend to teachers in this area across the state?