Parents, we’re not the only ones who feel overwhelmed. Schools are trying to accomplish more with less, and the many challenges school personnel face are often daunting. Resistance is usually a symptom of exhaustion. To become a successful school health hack, you need to know something about how schools work, tips on building relationships and how to access resources.
School Board: Oversees public schools and ensures they are in compliance with constitutional responsibilities.
Superintendent: Oversees and enhances educational programs, implements rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and increases student achievement.
District Administrators: Oversee specific areas such as curriculum and instruction development, student services, special needs, English Language Learners, athletics, transportation, federal programs, testing and assessment, finances, etc.
District Advisory Teams/School Improvement Teams: Formal committees composed of community members, school leaders and parents who advise the school district or individual schools (name may vary by district) and create improvement plans.
Principals and School Leaders: Oversee school operations, provide staff with necessary skills to fulfill educational goals and ensure that rules, regulations, policies and procedures are enforced and fulfilled.
Parent Committees (PTA/PTO): Parent-Teacher committees support school/family social interaction, enhance educational efforts through classroom assistance, information sharing and fundraising.
Teachers: Interact with students daily and assist them in gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in life.
Support staff: Provides support services, e.g., counseling, scheduling, communications, nursing, cafeteria service, etc.
Students and Parents: The system exists to serve students and parents, whose needs and concerns influence a wide range of policies and practices. Research shows meaningful family engagement is important to student success. Having parents included in the decision making process will make the biggest difference.
Building administrators, especially principals, hold the greatest power to create a healthy (or unhealthy) school environment, so it’s important to get their support from the very beginning.
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