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IH8 - Community Schools

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board affirms the need for a strategy to identify and support the development of Community Schools. The Board of Education recognizes a Community School builds partnerships between the school and other community resources and acts as a location where those partnerships may be utilized. Community Schools shall focus on the integration of academics, health and social services, youth, family, and community engagement and development as a strategy to improve student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

Community Schools shall provide an equity strategy for which fairness is achieved through systematically assessing and addressing disparities in opportunities and outcomes so that all students experience high quality instruction and receive effective individual and family supports and services they need to succeed in school and the community.

Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education commits its and the superintendent’s participation in the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Community School Partnership.  Albuquerque Public Schools shall partner with appropriate federal, state and local entities, including community-based organizations, to improve the coordination, delivery, effectiveness and efficiency of services provided to children and families.  Albuquerque Public Schools recognizes and values that Community Schools have a collective impact on the surrounding community that improves conditions for all those living there.   Although the specific services, supports and opportunities available at individual Community Schools may vary dependent on local needs and resources, Albuquerque Public Schools shall strive to strategically identify potential Community Schools and integrate into those Community Schools the following components and strategies aligned with New Mexico's state statute:

  • extended learning programs, including before- and after-school programs as well as summer programs;
  • school-based or school-linked health care; and
  • family engagement and support services.

The superintendent, or his/her designee, shall identify Community Schools which shall integrate the following initiatives at the school:

  • a lead partner agency, including but not limited to a public or private agency or community-based organization, to help coordinate programs and services;
  • an assessment of community resources informed by students, families and community and school leaders that relates to the effective delivery of core services on site; and
  • the establishment of an evaluation process that measures both the quality and quantity of outcomes.

The superintendent shall develop a procedural directive for the creation of and implementation of the initiative at Community Schools.

Administrative Position:                  Executive Director of Student, Family and Community Supports

Department Director:                       Director of Schools and Community Partnerships

Legal Cross Ref.:                              §22-32-1 to 22-32-4 NMSA 1978
Board Policy Cross Ref.:                 A.01 Mission Statement
                                                           A.02 Vision of a Learning Community
                                                           K.01 Family and Community Engagement
                                                           K.16 Visitors to Schools
                                                          JL Student and Staff Wellness and Welfare
                                                          JL4 School-Linked and School Based Health Centers

Procedural Directive Cross Ref:     Parent Organizations and Booster Club
                                                           Visitors to Schools
                                                           School Volunteers
                                                           Family and Community Engagement
                                                           School-Linked and School-Based Health Services Clinics

 NSBA/NEPN Classification:           KA, KC, KI

Initial Draft Version: April 2015
Reviewed: May 4, 2015
Adopted: May 6, 2015

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