PCSD's Family and Community Connections helps families find important resources
November 2, 2020
Parma City School District’s Office of Community and Family Connections has many resources and tools to support and help students and families.
To help make those connections and find assistance, students and families are encouraged to fill out the Student and Family Wellness Form - https://forms.gle/PZaBiBkeTMRjDtKB7.
“This is the first year for this especially because we started the year in remote learning and students aren’t in the classrooms, so it’s a little more difficult to connect with those families who are in need,” shared Mikael Price, Administrative Specialist for Community and Family Connections. “The idea is to have an easy way for students and families to get help.”
The form asks basic questions about food security, mental health, medical needs and utility assistance. All submissions are secure and private. Responses are received immediately and will responded to within 24 hours. Anyone in the district can use this form.
“We just want to get a generic idea of what our students and families are in need of and then we will find the right resources for them,” Price described.
Price works closely with home liaisons and building principals to support the families who reach out for assistance to find the best way to meet their needs.
There are also several resources on the Community and Family Connections website, https://www.parmacityschools.org/page/2679, such as local food pantries, school supplies, COVID-19 support, literacy resources, United Way 211 and Southwest Community Based Services.
The district has teamed up with Recovery Resources Cleveland to offer Parent University webinar classes throughout the school year. The next virtual class will be on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. and will discuss ‘How to Talk to Your Child About Alcohol & Other Drugs’.
Community and Family Connections supports the Emergency Feeding Program held each Monday and Wednesday at Parma Senior High School through PCSD’s Nutrition Services Department. On the first two emergency meal pick-ups of the month, the office provides children’s books to all those who drive through. The next book giveaway will be November 2 and November 4.
Price also noted that he is working to start pantries at each school with hygiene products and school supplies.
“We are always here to help,” he expressed. “We want families to please reach out to us if they need assistance with anything.”