Communication with parents is an essential part of the Clearway School program. There are many opportunities for parents to work with our staff. Each student’s educational counselor has weekly contact with parents to discuss any insights and/or issues that develop over the week. In addition to the yearly IEP meetings, parents may request additional conferences when needed.
Scheduled parent evenings include a Back to School Night (which was September 27, 2017), held at the beginning of the school year; evening theater performances in January and May; and in June, an evening graduation and awards ceremony. In addition, families are readily invited to other events throughout the school year such as athletic contests and art openings. We are fortunate to have an extremely active and engaged group of families who attend many events listed on the Calendar. Staff are actively planning for Family Game Night, which will take place on November 17, 2017 at 7pm.
All parents/guardians are invited to join the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). This group will give the administration of Clearway School feedback, support, and ideas on policies and programming. The PAC is also used as a clearinghouse for sharing any information concerning the special education field. The PAC has a parent leader and a representative from the school’s administration. Parents/guardians are encouraged to join at the Back to School Night held in the beginning of the school year. The PAC has thus far been instrumental in facilitating social activities for students and supporting families new to our program. During the 2016-7 school year, the PAC also focused on sharing information related to transition. The next PAC meeting which is a Transition Meeting with a panel of former students will take place on January 4, 2018 at 6:30.
All of our families are surveyed at the end of each year to assess their satisfaction with our program and to solicit feedback as to how to improve the quality of our programming. This feedback has led to the development of after-school programming including sports, new elective ideas, and increased use of technology.