Home Visits strengthen relationships between teachers, families

Home Visits strengthen relationships between teachers, families
Posted on 08/08/2019
Beasley Home VisitsBeasley Elementary School parents and students can sign up to meet their teacher for the 2019-2020 school year through a home visit.

This is the second year of the program which sends a teacher and another school representative to the homes of any parent who requests one.

"We know that students spend a lot of time here at school, but what happens at home really matters," Principal Andrea Deane said. "We want to develop a good partnership between school and home."

James Shafer scheduled a parent meeting for his son, Joshua, before last school year because he wanted a more comfortable environment to meet his teacher.

"We wanted to have the chance to meet with the teacher on a more one-to-one basis in a more personal setting being in the house where we would be more comfortable, rather than the classroom where the teacher would be more comfortable," Shafer said. 

Cheryl Brooks scheduled a home visit with her son's teacher last year as well. 

"My work hours are pretty crazy, so it helped having them come to me instead of going to the school," Brooks said. "My son, Jarvis, also enjoyed the visit. He didn't say much while Ms. Hancock was here, but he bragged a lot about how his teacher came to his house."

In addition to allowing teachers to personally connect with their students and parents, the home visits also afford them the opportunity to provide important information.

"They brought a lot more resources," Diana Erhard said. "They had a lot more time to go through detailed resources with us to help with our daughter's needs."

The home visits program at Beasley Elementary is funded through HOME WORKS!, a group that trains, supports and pays teachers to conduct these visits.

Deane says that 97 families utilized the home visits program last year. The school will work to accommodate all families that sign up.

You can register with your child's teacher at Back-to-School Bash or Kindergarten Meet your Teacher. Families who can not attend those events can also sign up by requesting one from your child's teacher via email.

Watch the video for more testimonials about the home visits program.

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