New Mexico - School-Community and Interagency Partnerships: Partnerships

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

New Mexico Statutes 22-2D-3. Programs; purpose; functions.

A.  A “family and youth resources program” may be created in any public school in the state. Except as provided in Subsection D of this section, the department shall accept applications for grants from public schools in which eighty percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-fee lunch program to fund their program.

B.  The purpose of the program is to provide an intermediary for students and their families at public schools to access social and health care services. The goal of the program is to forge mutual long-term relationships with public and private agencies and community-based, civic and corporate organizations to help students attain high academic achievement by meeting certain nonacademic needs of students and their families.

New Mexico Statutes 22-32-3. Community schools initiatives; school improvement functions; requirements.

A.  A community schools initiative may be created in any public school in the state.

B.  A community schools initiative shall include the following core set of strategies and opportunities to strengthen behavior for all students:

  • (1)  extended learning programs, including after-school programs and summer programs;
  • (2)  school-based or school-linked health care;
  • (3)  opportunities for families to acquire skills to promote early learning and childhood development;
  • (4)  school and community-resource partnerships with an integrated focus on academics and other social, health and familial support;
  • (5)  social, health, nutrition and mental health services and support for children, family members and community members; and
  • (6)  case management for students in need of comprehensive support in academics, attendance and behavior.

C.  A community schools initiative shall include the following:

  • (1)  a lead partner agency, including a public or private agency or community-based organization, to help coordinate programs and services;
  • (2)  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
  • (3)  the implementation of an independently evaluated, evidence-based or results-based model of integrated student services and comprehensive supports that is proven to increase student achievement.
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