District of Columbia - School-Community and Interagency Partnerships: Partnerships

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statute; regulation

State laws encourages districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.

D.C. Code 38–754.02. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:
(1) “Community partner” means a provider of one or more eligible services.
(2) “Community school” means a public and private partnership to coordinate educational, developmental, family, health, and after-school-care programs during school and non-school hours for students, families, and local communities at a public school or public charter school with the objectives of improving academic achievement, reducing absenteeism, building stronger relationships between students, parents, and communities, and improving the skills, capacity, and well-being of the surrounding community residents.
(3) “Eligible consortium” means a partnership established between a local education agency and one or more community partners for purposes of establishing, operating, and sustaining a community school.
(4) “Eligible services” means:

  • (A) Primary medical and dental care that will be available to students and community residents;
  • (B) Mental health prevention and treatment services that will be available to students and community residents;
  • (C) Academic-enrichment activities designed to promote a student’s cognitive development and provide opportunities to practice and apply academic skills;
  • (D) Programs designed to increase attendance, including reducing early chronic absenteeism rates;
  • (E) Youth development programs designed to promote young people’s social, emotional, physical, and moral development, including arts, sports, physical fitness, youth leadership, community service, and service-learning opportunities;
  • (F) Early childhood education, including Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • (G) Programs designed to:
    • (i) Facilitate parental involvement in, and engagement with, their children’s education, including parental activities that involve supporting, monitoring, and advocating for their children’s education;
    • (ii) Promote parental leadership in the life of the school; and
    • (iii) Build parenting skills;
  • (H) School-age child-care services, including before-school and after-school services and full-day programming that operates during school holidays, summers, vacations, and weekends;
  • (I) Programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended, or expelled and that offer multiple pathways to high school graduation or General Educational Development completion;
  • (J) Youth and adult job-training services and career-counseling services;
  • (K) Nutrition-education services;
  • (L) Adult education, including instruction in English as a second language, adult literacy, computer literacy, financial literacy, and hard-skills training; or
  • (M) Programs that provide remedial education and enrichment activities.

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2413 SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS

2413.1 The Chancellor may accept health services, including primary health, behavioral health, and oral health, from the Director of the Department of Health, the Director of the Department of Mental Health, or from a public or non-profit healthcare organization. The health services shall be provided to D.C. Public Schools students in a school setting in accordance with the provisions of this section, standards as established by the Department of Health, and an agreement concerning school-based health centers (SHCs) executed by the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the healthcare organization.

2413.2 Health services provided to D.C. Public Schools pursuant to this section shall be provided to students in accordance with:

D.C. Code 38–1801.01. Long-term reform plan.

(b) Contents. —

  • (1) Areas to be addressed. — The long-term reform plan shall describe how the District of Columbia public schools will become a world-class education system that prepares students for lifetime learning in the 21st century and which is on a par with the best education systems of other cities, States, and nations. The long-term reform plan shall include a description of how the District of Columbia public schools will accomplish the following:
    • (M) The development of community schools that enable District of Columbia public schools to collaborate with other public and nonprofit agencies and organizations, local businesses, recreational, cultural, and other community and human service entities, for the purpose of meeting the needs and expanding the opportunities available to residents of the communities served by such schools;
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