West Virginia - School-Community and Interagency Partnerships: Partnerships

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

West Virginia Administrative Code 126-52-2. Purpose - Community Schools Framework.

  • 2.1. A community school is any public school which services PreK-12 students that participate in a community-based effort to coordinate and integrate services through partnerships with community-based organizations.  It is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.  Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.  Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone - all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
  • 2.2. A community schools coordinator is the key to a community school.  The local board of education should hire or identify a community school coordinator or work with a lead partner agency to  identify or provide the coordinator.  The coordinator works to create and strengthen the relationships between the school and community to develop a continuum of community-based and integrated services.
  • 2.3. The framework of a fully developed community school concept is needs driven and strives to include the following:  Engaging Instruction, Expanded Learning Opportunities, College, Career, Citizenship, Health and Social Support, Community Engagement, Early Childhood Development, Family Engagement and Youth Development Activities.  All community schools services provided in the school setting should be regular, ongoing and evidence-based or promising practices.

West Virginia Administrative Code 126-52-2. Purpose - Community Schools Framework.

2.4. Memoranda of Agreement:  Community schools consist of many partners.  A Memorandum of Agreement between all partners should be in place to assist with describing the roles of each partner and how the services will be coordinated.

West Virginia Administrative Code 126-99. EXPECTED BEHAVIOR IN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS (4373)


Section 3. Responsibilities of County Boards of Education

Partnership Development: County boards of education are encouraged to establish county agency and organization partnerships with the purpose of providing the county's schools with additional supports and resources to shape behaviors in safe and supportive schools. These partnerships may be both formal and informal as described under Section 2.

At the county board of education level, formal partnerships with community service agencies (i.e., law enforcement, behavioral healthcare providers) are essential to successful implementation of this policy. Specific attention should be given to the development of formal agreements and protocols that ensure coordination between agencies and high quality service delivery to students and their families. At the county board of education level, memoranda of understanding and/or contracts are necessary whenever partner organization representatives interact with students on school property, during the school day or on behalf of the school system. These formal agreements should clearly articulate the types of student interaction that may occur, the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, procedural operations and resource sharing (i.e., funding, space, staff, data).

At the county board of education level, informal partnerships may be short or long-term commitments that may or may not require written agreements. These partnerships usually involve collaborative groups that form around common mission and goals (i.e., anti-drug coalitions, tobacco control coalitions) to coordinate events, initiatives, resource development/dissemination, service delivery, local partnership development and/or professional development. They do not require formal agency agreements.

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