Family Academic Support Team
A Team Committed to Your Student’s Success
When students are in crisis or are experiencing academic, family, or social challenges, they struggle to fully engage in their education. To meet the variety of needs that can conflict with student success, Ohio Digital Learning School (ODLS) has created the Family Academic Support Team (FAST).
FAST is a school-based team that fosters caring, sustained relationships among team members, Learning Coaches, and students. FAST offers support to teachers, students, and families to improve retention, attendance, and academic outcomes. FAST provide tools and support for students and their Learning Coaches who may be struggling to remain engaged and successful in online schooling, and to give teachers more time to focus on teaching. FAST also partners with the local community to provide resources that will support student and family development.
What the Team Does
The purpose of FAST is to eliminate the barriers and risk factors that make students vulnerable to falling behind in classes, failing classes, or dropping out.
With an ongoing responsibility to build relationships outside of the school, the team advocates for local and national resources to give students access to necessary social services. The goal is to build within the school an infrastructure of support, before needs arise, for anything that may jeopardize a student’s education, such as medical challenges, domestic issues, legal trouble, or even computer and internet problems.
Connecting to the Team
In the Social and Emotional Learning program, teachers who are trained to identify student hardship refer those in need of additional assistance to FAST. The team then works with students and families, offering guidance and support as needed, and connecting them with additional support resources.