WHAT IS A PARENT LIAISON?
A Parent Liaison is a LCPS staff member, not a volunteer, who works to bridge the communication between school and home by helping parents get the information, help and support they need to ensure their child's academic and social success in school. A Parent Liaison is to empower parents to become active participants in the education of their children. Confidentiality is always upheld!
ROLE AND MISSION OF THE PARENT LIAISON
Current research emphasizes the importance of parent involvement in promoting school success. At the same time, lack of participation among parents of socially and culturally diverse students is also well-documented. Today’s families constantly deal with stress that impacts students’ abilities to participate in academic and extra-curricular school activities. If schools are to do an effective job of educating their increasingly diverse populations of students, they must find ways to communicate and build more cooperative working relationships with parents.
- Facilitate parent-school communication
- Facilitate community agency referrals
- Encourage parent involvement in the school
- Foster trust between parents and the educational community
- Foster higher academic achievement through collaboration with school personnel
The primary role of the Parent Liaison is to empower parents to become active participants in the education of their children. Targeted are those parents who:
- Need help in determining how best to help their children
- Are infrequent participants in school activities
- May need clarification of their role in the educational process
- Need assistance in making connections and accessing services
- Associate schools with past negative experiences
How can the Parent Liaison help me?
Often, parents feel uncomfortable about sharing their questions or concerns with the teachers or school administration. Because good communication between home and school is such a vital part of your child's academic success, the Parent Liaison will listen to your concerns and then work with you to make sure that your situation, question or point of view is expressed and understood. They will help and support you if you need to find ways to resolve any issues that may be hindering your child's success in school. Parent Liaisons want to be sure that you understand what you can do to get involved, keep informed, share information, and help your child do his or her best.
Meet our Parent Liaison
My name is Joan Dutchess Freidson and I am the Parent Liaison at Academies of Loudoun. My role is to bridge the communication between school and home by helping parents get the information and support they need to ensure their child’s academic and social success in school. I am a LCPS parent of three children with a degree in Public Relations. My career has been focused on working with various non-profit organizations; including a shelter for runaway and homeless youth, a coalition to end homelessness and a conservation organization for the Blue Ridge Mountains.
I’m happy to be working for Loudoun County Public Schools, and especially thrilled to be at the Academies of Loudoun; the energy within the school is contagious.
Please let me know how I can help. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-252-1980. I am in the front office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
ResourcesIf you are experiencing financial hardships, the below resources may be beneficial:Food Pantry Area Information -Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program AKA "Food Stamps" -Loudoun County Assistance for children thru age 24 -Loudoun County Alert Information -Medical & Dental Assistance -Homeless and Needy Assistance -Family Services -Virginia's Common Help Resource -