Empowering families around attendance
Engaging and partnering with families is a crucial part of increasing students' attendance. Below are an array of ways to collaborate with families and welcome partnership within Community Schools.
- Communicate with Families regularly about the importance of attending school. Check out these informative fliers by age group and share them with families at school events. (Many languages available!)
- Family Outreach - Trust Building relationships with families requires trust. Trust includes:
- Building community and community connections
- Working together and collaboratively
- Being warm, welcoming, friendly
- Being transparent and communicating openly
- Partnership Fairs are great ways to engage families and connect families to community resources, information, and services. Find tips and information about Partnership Fairs at Back-to-School Nights below:
- Have a school-wide Partnership fair at the first Parents’ Association meeting, Back-to-School Night, or another school function that parents traditionally attend in the first eight weeks of the school year.
- Include activities geared toward families and grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
- Invite partners from the partnership list available through the Office of Community Schools.
- Create a personalized folder for each family, with their child’s attendance data (i.e. include the student profile from the New Visions Data Portal) and a list of community resources.
- Host student performances! Encourage students' leadership and support their talents. Or hold an awards ceremony and celebrate all improvements--no matter how small.
- Connect Families with Resources throughout the year. Connect families with Community Partnership Program liaison, located throughout the City, who connects local organizations with schools. Check it out here!
- Host a Community Forum Find a planning toolkit at this link.
- Learn more about chronic absence and family engagement here:
Single Stop supports families who are applying for public benefits by providing a single point of access for applying and subsequent case management.
The Human Resources Administration provides essential emergency services dealing with cash, housing, and food for families in need of immediate assistance.
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs provides free legal services and workshops for students and families whose immigration status is in question.