Article Submitted by APS Learning Community P Family Liaisons
Aurora Public Schools includes five learning communities. Community P is comprised of 10 schools including Laredo Child Development Center, Clyde Miller P-8, Altura, Elkhart, Laredo, Sable, Sixth Avenue and Vaughn elementary schools, East Middle School and Hinkley High School.
Community P has nine family liaisons committed to informing and empowering parents so they are prepared and knowledgeable of how to support their children academically, socially and emotionally.
We determined that one great way to do so is to offer parent meetings that address various topics parents request or seem to have many questions about. We networked within each feeder school to help parents realize there are family liaisons at every school level. We then held meetings at each level so parents had a chance to visit an elementary, middle or high school if they had not done so before.
At each event, we provided childcare, food, interpretation and school-based giveaways.
At Altura Elementary School, we invited parents whose students struggle with tardiness and/or absenteeism to hear district personnel discuss the importance of daily on-time attendance. Parents had an opportunity to share thoughts and strategies amongst themselves. Many supports and incentives were set in place for parents during and after the meeting.
At Hinkley High School, we invited parents to attend a marijuana prevention night. They learned about state marijuana laws and policies and how to prevent children from using. Parents listened and engaged in dialogue, which provided them answers to many questions.
Overall, parents expressed deep appreciation for each opportunity and provided overwhelming feedback requesting that we continue organizing parent meetings. They felt that the topics were thoughtfully selected and are of high interest.
Community P's family liaisons are excited to continue engaging parents in this way to help them navigate the P-12 public school system and support them in helping their children shape successful futures.