Program to aid at-risk students

Published Jul 27, 2018 at 4:00pm

A new collaborative agreement between the Central New York Health Home Network (CNYHHN) and Rome Alliance for Education will help address needs of elementary students at risk due to medical, behavioral or academic challenges, CNYHHN announced.

CNYHHN beginning in September will employ two full-time site coordinator/intake worker positions using blended funding between the network and the alliance.

The site coordinators’ role will be to work closely with school district staff to assess school building needs as well as needs of students and families. CNYHHN said “it is anticipated that a comprehensive needs assessment will be conducted and a community school services committee will be developed comprised of school administrators, guidance, teaching staff, parents and other community agencies who partner with the school district to implement universal and targeted interventions for students.”

The Rome Alliance for Education, a non-profit organization, is helping to coordinate the community schools program for the Rome school district. The concept includes having schools act as “hubs” providing on-site links for local agencies to help meet various student and family needs.

The alliance is “proud of the partnership it has established” with CNYHHN and the school district “to strengthen the community school initiative in Rome,” said alliance Executive Director Melissa Roys. Through the partnership, two site coordinators will work full-time at Bellamy and Staley elementary schools “to provide additional opportunities for all students and families,” she remarked.

The mission of the alliance has been to “work collaboratively with a multitude of community partners to meet the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of families in Rome,” Roys noted. “We look forward to growing our partnership” with CNYHHN and the district.

CNYHHN is “fortunate to partner with Rome Alliance for Education, the school district and its array of community providers to help create a system of care coordination within the district,” network Executive Director Jane Vail added “This system of care will fulfill the mission of a community schools model which is to blend community resources and school district resources to improve student learning and to create healthier communities.”