The Wentzville School District Board of Education has approved an agreement with HOME WORKS!, the St. Louis-based Teacher Home Visit Program, beginning with two schools this fall.
Teachers and counselors from Heritage Primary and Pearce Hall, which houses the District’s Alternative Program, will visit the homes of students who have been identified as performing below grade level, have attendance or behavioral issues, are new to the community, or are in kindergarten or first grade and did not attend pre-kindergarten.
The core purpose of HOME WORKS! is to make home visits to establish trust and build relationships with parents to empower them as partners in their children’s education in order to improve academic achievement, attendance, and classroom behavior.
The program calls for two home visits each year, as well as two family gatherings at school.
At the first home visit, teachers learn about the family and the home. Parents learn that teachers have the student’s best interests at heart and what they can do at home to boost their child’s learning. The second home visit is about the academic performance of the student and enables teachers to identify ways families can enhance learning at home to increase academic achievement at school.
“We are very excited to bring this program to the Wentzville School District,” shared Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Anytime we can extend the classroom and partner with parents, we have a valuable opportunity to support student growth.”
HOME WORKS! was founded in St. Louis in 2007 to assist parents of struggling students and encourage them to be actively engaged in their children’s education. It seeks to increase the capacity of parents and families to read and talk to their children daily, show they value education, and make sure their children attend school every day, all day, which is vital to student success.
Home Works! will reimburse the District for half of the cost for each home visit, the full cost of two family dinners at school, as well as transportation to the dinners.