Frederick County Public Schools is partnering with the Children of Incarcerated Parents Program (COIPP) to provide support for students and for staff responding to students whose parents are incarcerated. The partnership supports FCPS goals to equip each and every student to be an empowered learner, to nurture relationships with families and the community, and to promote a culture fostering wellness.
COIPP will provide lists of children’s books related to the topic of incarceration and a list of recommended books on social and emotional issues for FCPS staff use. The partnership will also provide FCPS staff professional development opportunities and information on programs, workshops, free activities for children of families dealing with incarceration, and other resources. Finally, COIPP will help connect incarcerated parents with the school system regarding parent-teacher conferences, report cards, and other topics of importance.
FCPS will convene a working group of school counselors and administrators to determine best practices for sharing information regarding children whose parents are incarcerated.
On hand to sign the partnership agreement yesterday were COIPP representatives Founder and Executive Director Shari Ostrow Scher, Co-Presidents Cindi Diamondstone and Sally Smith, and Corresponding Secretary Shirley White, along with FCPS representatives Student Services Director Dana Falls, Media Services Supervisor Mary Jo Richmond, and Counseling and Student Support Coordinator Janet Shipman. Also signing the agreement were FCPS representatives Psychological Services Supervisor Ann McGreevy, Mental Health Services Coordinator Lynn Davis, and Family Involvement Teacher Specialist Donna Quatman-Wilder.
Left to right, in the photo:
COIPP Co-President Cindi Diamondstone
COIPP Corresponding Secretary Shirley White
FCPS Media Services Supervisor Mary Jo Richmond
COIPP Founder/Executive Director Shari Ostrow Scher
FCPS Counseling and Student Support Coordinator Janet Shipman
FCPS Student Services Director Dana Falls
COIPP Co-President Sally Smith