HPS Staff Lead in Home Visits Supported by State Family Engagement Program

HPS Staff Lead in Home Visits Supported by State Family Engagement Program


HPS Staff Lead in Home Visits Supported by State Family Engagement Program

In the spring, HPS was selected to participate in a new state initiative known as LEAP, or Learner Engagement and Attendance Program. The Program, launched by Governor Ned Lamont, was designed to address K-12 student absenteeism and disengagement resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a partnership between the Connecticut State Department of Education and the state Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs). LEAP is funded with $10.7 million of the state’s federal COVID-19 recovery funds.

HPS was one of 15 school districts selected for the initiative. LEAP goals include:

  • bridging students back to their school communities
  • supporting student enrollment in summer camps and learning programs, and
  • facilitating the transition back to school in the fall

The state’s RESCs have coordinated with school district officials, local community organizations, and state service providers to facilitate the home visits. HPS staff have received training to develop a robust home visit protocol that includes how to initiate and conduct a visit, as well as follow-up visits and calls to support student attendance and engagement.

This month, our team learned that HPS was leading the state in these family engagement efforts. Specifically, 30 staff members were trained – more than in other participating districts. A total of 210 home visits were completed, which is more than the other 14 school districts and half of the visits documented statewide.

This family engagement strategy is one of many efforts HPS staff have made during the pandemic to address chronic absenteeism and lack of student engagement. The state recognition is evidence that our staff continue to go the extra mile to ensure student and family recovery from the pandemic, and to provide the supports all our learners need to succeed in school and in life.

Congratulations to our Student Engagement Specialists (SES), Family and Community Support Service Providers (FCSSPs), Behavioral Technicians, and all support staff for their hard work and efforts to build strong family-school partnerships that make a difference for our students.

To learn more about LEAP, visit CT.gov.