CRCSD launches new RFP process for community partnerships

A graphic of the different levels of district partnerships.
Different levels of district partnerships

As a means of addressing the ever-evolving needs of Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) students and to stay focused on equity and safety, our process for working with community partners is changing.

 

CRCSD seeks opportunities to partner with community organizations for the purpose of supporting student social, emotional and academic growth and achieving our mission of Every Learner, Future Ready. All organizations with an interest in being identified as a district partner should complete a Partnership Application - this information will also be shared publicly to allow families easier access to programs and services that meet the unique needs of each student. Partner organizations may range from those that collect and donate supplies and materials to those who provide onsite consultation or direct student support. CRCSD has a limited amount of funding to help offset the cost of priority services for at-risk students, which requires submission of a proposal that demonstrates strong outcomes and alignment with the district strategic plan. The Request for Proposals for programs and services in the 2019-2020 school year is posted on the district website as of May 1, 2019. 

 

Submission deadline is May 31, 2019, with selections and decisions made by July 1, 2019, and Board approval on July 15, 2019.

 

For the upcoming year and beyond, CRCSD has created a more consistent process for partnering with community organizations who provide services to our students. The process was developed with the following considerations: 

 

  • Student safety 
  • Equitable opportunities for community organizations to partner with CRCSD 
  • Increased family engagement in identifying and coordinating student supports Improved accountability for intended organizational outcomes 
  • Greater opportunities to celebrate and recognize community-school collaborations 

The process requires all organizations supporting district buildings to complete a Community Partnership Application. Organizations will then be listed as a district partner with a brief description of their program/service/contribution. Community organizations interested in partnering with CRCSD to provide services to students should visit the Partnership webpage available HERE. The application will be reviewed by a CRCSD team and approved or denied based on a number of criteria.

 

Organizations with staff who have direct student contact on a regular basis will be required to have a Board-approved agreement in place. Questions about the partnership process can be directed to partnerships@cr.k12.ia.us. This process does not change the use of Raptor for individual building volunteers.

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