Phase One: School Based Services and Practices

During Phase One, the School Leadership Team or Community School Team convene and assess the broad range of services and practices that are in place in your school and the extent to which these services are supporting students and families. Understanding what is in place already and what critical gaps remain is key to creating a strong school that leverages assets strategically to meet the needs of students and families.

During this phase, you will print a copy of the A&N tool and use it as a team to ascertain the extent to which and how well you are implementing the core services that are features of the Community Schools strategy in NYC.

By providing a welcoming, supportive and safe environment that promotes respect and diversity throughout the building – the school is a place where all students can grow and thrive academically and socially.

Roughly one in five students in New York City is chronically absent each year, which is defined as having missed 10% or more days in a single school year.

Research has shown that when used well, more learning time can lead to higher achievement, better attendance, and healthier attitudes and habits that put students on the path for success.

When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children do better in school, and stay in school longer.

Students who are physically active and learn how to take care of themselves have greater readiness to learn and engage fully in the school community.

School and CBO leadership strategically organize resources and share leadership so that services are integrated into the fabric of the schools.

Many students are at high risk of chronic absence and may need additional supports to ensure success. These students include students in temporary housing or foster care, students who have experienced domestic violence or trauma, English language learners, newly immigrated families, students with disabilities, LGBTQ and court involved youth.