Kent School Services Network
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY SCHOOL?
A community school is a public school that combines the best educational practices with a wide range of vital in-house health and social services to ensure that children are physically, emotionally and socially prepared to learn.
Open early mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and summers, the community school serves as a true center of neighborhood life. It is more than simply a place where children attend classes. In this familiar environment, they can also receive medical and dental care, speak to a counselor about a problem, stay after school to build reading skills, play chess, work on a computer, take art and music lessons, get help with homework, practice sports and attend summer camp.
OUR VISION: BRINGING SCHOOL & COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN
- Students learning, growing and achieving
- Students and families getting the services they need, when they need them - at school
- Help develop the whole child and ensure that all children are physically, emotionally, socially and academically ready to learn
GOALS OF KSSN
- Increase student achievement
- Lower student absences
- Improve coordination of services
- Deliver services as they are needed
Each KSSN community school has several full-time staff on site to serve families. These professionals may include:
- a Community School Coordinator who helps connect families with needed services
- a Clinician who provides counseling, crisis response, workshops, group services and other direct help to families
- Success Coaches from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) who help families gain self-sufficiency and get needed services
- Nurses or health aides who provide medical services to help families stay healthy
- Other services, depending on the needs of the families.