Family Support

HENRY SIBLEY COMMUNITY LIAISON
Marlon Batres
651-403-7211 | marlon.batres@isd197.org

The Henry Sibley community liaison will provide students, families and staff with advocacy services that enable them to be successful at Henry Sibley. The community liaison will also work to increase and sustain diverse learning opportunities for students. Other duties of the community liaison include:

  • Assisting in phone calls received for Spanish speaking families regarding attendance, grades, athletics, etc.
  • Working in coordination with counselors, mental health and other support staff and/or administration to get students/families needed services or answers.
  • Aiding in establishing after-school academic intervention support for students.
  • Working with teaching staff to help build family connections regarding rewarding and challenging behaviors, academic accolades and concerns.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of support and outreach strategies for families.

HENRY SIBLEY FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER
Morgann McCarthy
651-403-7104 | morgann.mccarthy@isd197.org

Thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit organization 360 Communities, Family Support Workers are based in each school in District 197. The Family Support Workers help parents create a home environment that encourages learning, values high achievement and prepares students for post-secondary education or a successful career. Learn more about Family Support Workers in School District 197.

Family Support Workers:

  • Collaborate with school staff to identify students not meeting proficiency in reading
  • Develop a plan to engage parents with effective strategies for families to implement at home
  • Educate parents on what is needed to help their child at home in order to meet proficiency in reading in early years and what is needed to graduate from high school in later years
  • Communicate information and strategies to parents for use at home which support the methods being used in the classroom
  • Provide regular communication with classroom teachers 
  • Help to meet basic needs that may distract them from focusing on their child’s academic achievement 
  • Provide ongoing support and follow up to ensure that parents have success with the strategies recommended by the school

Students and families with issues that may be preventing them from having a successful experience at school may contact their Family Support Worker and receive support.

  • Abuse and neglect
  • Academic issues
  • Attendance concerns
  • Basic needs like housing, food and clothing
  • Behavioral or developmental issues
  • Child care
  • Transportation issues
  • Financial problems
  • Health issues
  • Legal issues
  • Family stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Support groups
  • Language barriers
  • Home visiting
  • Relationship concerns