Extended Family's 2020-21 Plan for EFK

September 15, 2020

Extended Family Staff and Board have developed a Plan to continue Extended Family for Kids (EFK) and Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) Programs for Cherokee County students, whether in person or virtual. 

Extended Family for Kids Lessons on how to handle stress, anger, and fear are needed now more than ever. Extended Leadership Academy students get personal leadership lessons they can use in today’s challenging world. All of Our Kids learn how to be successful in spite of their circumstances. 

Our Kids need us now more than ever. In any crisis it is the margins of our community who are affected the most. This is not the time to reduce services. It is the time to provide services no matter what. This is the guiding principle of Extended Family’s 2020-21 EFK and ELA Plan.

The 2020-21 EFK and ELA Plan is divided into two parts: In-Person and Virtual Programs. Each Plan has accommodations to meet the needs of students today – “what will be different.”

GOALS

  1. Lead Cherokee Co. Schools EFK and ELA Groups in person at the earliest possible date.
  2. Develop virtual EFK and ELA Program Lessons
  3. Lead ELA Virtual Groups by Oct. 2020-April 2021
  4. Lead EFK Virtual Lessons by February 2021
 
 
IN PERSON 2020-21 EXTENDED FAMILY FOR KIDS
Extended Family for Kids (EFK) – what will be the same
  • Extended Family staff contact school counselor to set EFK Program Schedule
  • EFK Groups put together by school counselor, who obtains parent permissions
  • EFK student names given to Extended Family by counselor prior to first EFK Group
  • Schools provide a private room for EFK Group to meet in during the school day, 45 minutes per EFK Lesson.
  • Extended Family provides the EFK Program Leader and all EFK Program supplies, including EFK student T-shirt and certificate
  • EFK Program Leader meets with EFK Group for 9 Lessons, completing one group in fall semester, one group in spring semester. Some schools have more than one group to accommodate different ages.
  • Children of the incarcerated receive 9 lessons they can’t get anywhere else, giving them tools to be successful in every area of their lives.
Extended Family for Kids (EFK) – what will be different
  • EFK Program Groups will be limited to 7 students per group.
  • Schools provide a room large enough to have students spaced apart appropriately.
  • EFK Leader wears a mask.
  • EFK Program Leaders will have temperature checks before leading EFK Programs.
  • EFK students may be required to wear masks, dependent on school policies and guardian wishes. Extended Family will provide student masks as needed.
  • EFK student supplies will be distributed in individual packs (i.e. markers, pens, nametags, all in zippered pencil pouch with student’s name on it), limiting number of items touched during EFK Program.
  • Schools may not allow EFK Groups to meet in person during the Fall 2020 semester. If this is the case, we will check back with the schools in Jan. 2021 to see if we can be in school during Spring Semester.

VIRTUAL  2020-21 EXTENDED FAMILY FOR KIDS
Extended Family for Kids (EFK) – what will be different
Virtual content for Extended Family for Kids is in development.
  • Extended Family staff work with each school counselor to determine if virtual EFK Groups are possible within the school setting for 2020-21. This would require a private room with computers for student use and a school-supplied adult to be in the room during virtual EFK Lesson.
  • If in-school virtual EFK Lessons are possible, EFK Groups put together by school counselor, who obtains parent permissions
  • For students who are not in the classroom, Extended Family will contact parents and guardians directly to enroll their student in virtual After School EFK Groups, meeting weekly for 9 Lessons. The EFK Program Leader is supplied by Extended Family. These EFK Group Lessons may be via Zoom or other virtual platform.
  • For EFK Students enrolled in an After School EFK Group, we would drop a supply bag at their home with all EFK Program supplies and handouts to be used during the Zoom EFK Group Lessons. Includes EFK student T-shirt and certificate.
  • EFK Program Leader meets virtually with EFK Group for 9 Lessons.
  • Virtual content in development could include:
    • EFK Program Leader leading a virtual Lesson live via Zoom
    • Recorded virtual Zoom Lessons, replayed at a time convenient for student
    • Interactive videos on Extended Family Web site or YouTube Channel
    • Interactive virtual games related to EFK Lessons
    • Downloadable forms to go with EFK Lessons

IN PERSON  2020-21 EXTENDED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) – what will be the same
  • Extended Family staff contact school counselor to set ELA Program Schedule. An ELA Group meets for 18 Lessons, from Sept. 2020-April 2021.
  • ELA Groups put together by Extended Family, inviting students who have previously graduated EFK Programs. Students typically grades 8-12.
  • School counselor obtains parent permissions for ELA enrollment.
  • Schools provide a private room for ELA Group to meet in during the school day, 45 minutes per ELA Lesson.
  • Extended Family provides the ELA Program Leaders and presenters, all ELA Program supplies, including ELA student T-shirt and certificate
  • ELA Program Leader meets with ELA Group for 18 Lessons.
  • Children of the incarcerated (graduates of EFK) receive 18 lessons in personal leadership in Job Readiness, Health, and Communication.
Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) – what will be different
  • ELA Program will limit the number of presenters in the 2020-21 year. Instead of having a presenter in person each lesson, we may have virtual presenters, or limit ELA Presenters to three ELA Program Leaders.
  • Schools provide a room large enough to have students spaced apart appropriately.
  • ELA Leader wears a mask.
  • ELA Program Leaders will have temperature checks before leading ELA Programs.
  • ELA students may be required to wear masks, dependent on school policies and guardian wishes. Extended Family will provide student masks as needed.
  • ELA student supplies will be distributed in individual packs (i.e. markers, pens, nametags, all in zippered pencil pouch with student’s name on it), limiting number of items touched during ELA Program.
  • Schools may not allow ELA Groups to meet in person during the Fall 2020 semester. If this is the case, we will check back with the schools in Jan. 2021 to see if we can be in school during Spring Semester for 9 ELA Lessons instead of 18 ELA Lessons.
VIRTUAL  2020-21 EXTENDED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) – what will be different
ELA began in 2018-19 at Sand Rock High School and Centre Middle School. In 2019-20, ELA expanded to Spring Garden and Cedar Bluff Schools. In 2020-21 we plan to continue ELA Lessons for three ELA Groups, providing personal leadership lessons and mentoring opportunities. Virtual content for Extended Leadership Academy is in development to provide ELA Groups by Oct. 2020.
  • Extended Family staff work with Sand Rock, Cedar Bluff, and Spring Garden school counselors to determine if virtual ELA Groups are possible within the school setting for 2020-21. This would require a private room with computers for student use and a school-supplied adult to be in the room during virtual ELA Lesson.
  • If in-school virtual ELA Lessons are possible, ELA Groups put together by school counselor, who obtains parent permissions
  • For students who are not in the classroom, Extended Family will contact parents and guardians directly to enroll their student in virtual After School ELA Groups, meeting weekly for 18 Lessons (Oct. 2020-April 2021). The ELA Program Leader and ELA Presenters supplied by Extended Family. These ELA Group Lessons may be via Zoom or other virtual platform.
  • For ELA Students enrolled in an After School ELA Group, we would drop a supply bag at their home with all ELA Program supplies and handouts to be used during the Zoom ELA Group Lessons. Includes ELA student T-shirt and certificate.
  • Additional Presenter Handouts will be available for download, or mailed to students
  • ELA Program Leader meets virtually with ELA Group for18 Lessons.
  • Virtual content in development could include:
    • ELA Program Leader leading a virtual Lesson live via Zoom, with weekly presenters from community. Past (in person) presenters have included Judge Shaunathan Bell, Counselor Karon Sullivan, County Commissioner Randy Jones, PPG Industries Manager Jennifer Ridgeway, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Sergeant Tony Monroy, Representative Ginny Shaver, NAMI Representative Sue Guffey. The virtual opportunity would let us schedule presenters from around the State.
    • Virtual breakout sessions, where groups of ELA Students could collaborate on problem solving related to leadership roles
    • Recorded virtual Zoom Lessons, replayed at a time convenient for student
    • Downloadable forms to go with ELA Lessons