Family Liaison

A staff member will serve as a liaison to a family for their entire K-12 experience.

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Deborah, this is an awesome idea! When a family member of mine got diagnosed with cancer, the whole process of surgery and treatment was made SO much easier by the presence of a liaison that helped to schedule appointments, demystify experiences, define terms, etc. Obviously a different experience, but the presence of someone to trust and know that you can call on or ask advice of in times of uncertainty can make a huge huge difference. Lots of schools currently have liaisons for language barriers but for little else - it makes sense that we would carve out a role that would stay with families for the duration of their K12 experience. The closest thing I've heard of to this is keeping high school counselors in touch with students as they transition to college, but I think at every level this could be an amazing benefit, to families and to schools. There could be a sort of topic list for each year of a student's experience, like in kindergarten the liaison is there to help with topics like before & after school care, learning letters, etc; in 5th grade they could cover topics of transition to middle school, etc - and all the while we could even educate parents and families on child brain development and where their student is in that development. I know so many people who would be amazing at this job! The district where I work has 32,000 students, so we'd have to find some way to serve every family therein, but this would be a very interesting pilot to test longitudinally for maybe a school or some families who have already been through the system with other kids, and then scaled accordingly. We could even enlist retired teachers or volunteers to serve as liaisons, with periodic training for maximum quality... lots of ways to make this happen. Thank you for the idea, I'm looking forward to seeing it progress!