School staff make home visits to support student success

August 14, 2017

Knock, knock.

Don’t be surprised if your family gets a home visit from Greater Amsterdam School District employees this summer, in preparation for the start of the new school year.

Community Schools Coordinator Nancy Rad and Parent Liaison Fabrizia Rodriguez are visiting families to help strengthen parent relations and ensure students have the tools necessary to be successful.

Their goal? Rad and Rodriguez are working toward a new district-wide initiative of reaching across-the-board 95 percent attendance in each school each day – and they need student and family support to make it happen.

“Sometimes, physically getting to a school or meeting with a teacher can be overwhelming,” Rodriguez said. “We get it. So we’re here to help make it easier. Home visits have been a great way for us to connect with families on a more personal level and remind them our schools really care about their families. We want to make sure their children have the best educational experience they can. My hopes are that all parents utilize our services and partner with us to foster an amazing learning environment.”

Already this summer, the pair has helped provide public bus tickets to students and families who need transportation help in order to attend school appointments. They have also guided families to outside services for help with mental health, anxiety and behavioral issues, and also with obtaining food and clothing. They even mailed postcards home.

Rad said one of her favorite parts about being a Community Schools Coordinator is building those relationships.

“This summer’s addition of conducting home visits has been productive and fun,” Rad said. “Families have been genuinely surprised to see us and to learn we are there to talk about ways we can support the family. The visits have been relaxed and definitely the first step in fostering trusting school/home relationships.”

Since July 31, Rad and Rodriguez have met with 40 families and at least 70 students to discuss the following:

  • The district’s attendance policy;
  • Busing;
  • After-school opportunities;
  • The district’s dress code;
  • Student health and wellbeing; and
  • Community services.

Rad and Rodriguez always wear their school district IDs so families can recognize them as members of the GASD. They’ll have activities and snacks for students.

If you would like to request a home visit, please call (518) 843-3180 ext. 1015.