Communities In Schools – Bay Area, a Dropout Prevention Organization
Communities In Schools – Bay Area’s success is based on building trusting relationships and being present for at-risk students who rely on having a safe place where they can share their struggles. Working directly inside schools, Communities In Schools – Bay Area’s is connecting the most vulnerable students to a caring adult, supportive services, and resources to help them stay in school.
This email was sent from a senior student to Connie, his Communities In Schools – Bay Area Student Support Specialist. She had been trying to connect with him after schools had closed because of COVID-19, and was surprised he had not returned her emails or phone calls. And then she received this email.
*Please note that sometimes case managed students refer to Student Support Specialists as “teacher.”
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 5:14 PM
I'm sorry for not responding and making you worried, it's kind of chaotic right now, you know why. I was kind of heartbroken when I found out that school was closed for the rest of the year. I'm upset that I never got to have a proper goodbye to you. I never thought in a million years that there would be a teacher who would constantly support, and motivate, and drive students to be at their best. You've made my years of high school some of the most comfortable and happy years of my life. I know this sounds crazy but I was never able to afford Christmas gifts, and you made us have the most memorable and enjoyable Christmas of our lives. You've also allowed us to have nice clothing, and free lunches, and help and a shoulder to lean on when I needed it. You truly are one of the most kind teachers and people I've ever met, thank you so much for everything you've done for us. Thank you for being there.
With great love and farewell,
Founded in 1989, Communities In Schools – Bay Area is a dropout prevention organization that provides individualized case management services, targeted group activities, and campus-wide programming for students on 23 Clear Creek and Dickinson ISD campuses. School-based services include basic needs assistance, academic interventions, resource connection, social emotional learning, and mental health support.