Support plan for Homeless or Highly Mobile Students During Distance Learning
Community of Peace Academy will support homeless or highly mobile students throughout the duration of the distance learning period in the following ways:
- Each family that has been identified as homeless and/or highly mobile (HHM), will be contacted by a member of the Social Work team. The family’s needs will be assessed and a plan will be put in place to help the family access needed services.
- The school will work to make sure that our HHM students have access to technology in order to receive distant learning. If the ability to access distance learning through technology is too difficult or not possible the social work team will work with administrative and teaching staff to come up with alternate ways of providing learning opportunities for these students.
- CPA social workers will continue to check in with those families and support them throughout the distance learning period.
In order for CPA to monitor the participation and engagement of homeless or highly mobile students in distance learning, the school staff will:
- Follow the attendance of homeless and highly mobile youth. At CPA “attendance” is recorded for students during distance learning. It is based on each student logging in each day and completing assignments. If students don’t log in for more than 2 days, the school contacts the family and inquires about the student. Families may be contacted in a variety of ways, including but not limited to phone calls, emails and text messages.
- Identify barriers to learning with any of our students, and particularly our HHM students, and create individualized plans with families through the support of school social workers, teachers, and administration to remove those barriers and make learning possible.
The school will monitor the efficacy of distance learning plans for all students including homeless or highly mobile students. CPA is prepared to consider alternatives or additional support needs for all of its families by:
- Having teaching and support staff pay particular attention to the work that students are completing as part of the distance learning plan. A variety of approaches will be used to engage students, including but not limited to: SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Google Hangouts (Meets), phone calls both to students and parents, emails to students and parents and text messages to students and parents.
- Identifying all students struggling with the distance learning model, and convening a team of teachers and support staff to create an intervention plan in collaboration with the student’s family and with all the community resources available.
CPA will maintain regular contact with local public health departments, county and tribal human services departments, and Continuum of Care planning bodies on ongoing or emerging needs, specifically to connect to resources that can assist students and families experiencing homelessness. CPA will do this by:
- Supporting our Homeless and Highly Mobile Liaison to build relationships with these organizations. The Community of Peace Academy Homeless and Highly Mobile Liaison is a member of the Minnesota Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth (MAEHCY). Through this organization, the liaison is able to keep up with information from local public health departments, county and or tribal human services departments as well as Continuum of Care planning bodies.
- Tasking our social work team to support our Homeless or Highly Mobile Liaison in keeping abreast of the ongoing and emerging needs of the school communities and the specific HHM families who they are in regular contact with.
- Connecting homeless and highly mobile students and families to these community resources as soon as they are identified.