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For parents concerned about their child’s well-being, it can be difficult to know where to turn. As a parent, you want to ensure your child has what they need to successfully navigate school. You may be thinking, “There has to be a solution, but where do I find it?”
The Provo City School District Family Liaisons are here to help. Their in-depth knowledge of systems within the district guide families to solutions.
“We’re the bridge between family and school,” said Family Liaison Mary Warner, “We meet frequently with our school social workers to discuss the current community climate. We often ask the question, ‘What are the needs of our students?’ and ‘How can we make them feel more secure?’”
When asked what type of services they provide, Warner said, “We have many support systems. We often sit and counsel with families to discuss options. Whether they need help with food stamp applications, medical suggestions or housing suggestions, we provide them access to those resources.”
“We are heavily involved in becoming part of the solution,” continues Warner, “but this year we wanted to take things one step further with prevention. Hence, we created The Parent Academy.”
The Parent Academy is an education based program for all parents. From workshops about “How to Keep Your Child Safe on the Internet” to classes on “New Approaches to Anxiety and Depression” this program gives parents the resources they need to prevent issues before they arise.
“We’re here to help,” said Warner, “But if we can prevent any struggle from happening in the first place, that is success!”
If you are a parent wanting to take part in the Parent Academy program, save the date for the next event on March 3, 2020. This workshop titled, “Everyday Strong” will give you information on the new approaches to anxiety and depression. Child Psychiatrist, Dr. Matt Swenson, will approach these topics head on by leading a presentation and discussion. The event will go from 7-8 p.m.
If you have any more questions about the services available to your student, follow @PCSDParentAcademy on Facebook and Instagram.
Co-author credit: Amandi Heperi