Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
AND
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND
CHILDREN SERVICES
This agreement entered into on this June 19, 2014, by and between
The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board”
And
The Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services, hereinafter referred
to as “DFCS.”
WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become
contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make
responsible decisions and utilize technology effectively and adapt to the challenges of the
future; and,
WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase
parental and community involvement through public engagement policies and practices
that treat parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local
institutions of higher learning and other public entities as true partners in the educational
process, and,
WHEREAS, DFCS’ mission is to strengthen Georgia’s families – supporting their
self-sufficiency and helping them protect their vulnerable children and adults by being a
resource to the families, not a substitute. Cherokee County DFCS is committed to
treating others with dignity, respect, and in a professional manner; and,
WHEREAS, one of the DFCS’s priorities is to serve people as close to home,
family and community as possible to deliver services to their customers as if they were
their own family, with dignity and respect, and to build relationships through interactions
with clients and colleagues with loyalty, integrity and maturity; and,
THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth herein
the parties agree as follows:
ARTICLE I
The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated
herein by reference.
ARTICLE II
The School District will:
1. Review existing and emerging protocols and practices to ensure continued
compliance with Georgia Statute as it relates to the “mandated reporter” status of
identified School District employees.
2. Utilize appropriate School District staff to deal with juvenile cases screened out
by DFCS as they relate specifically to school attendance and truancy.
3. When appropriate, involve school staff in Family Team Meetings sponsored by
DFCS for families currently under that agency’s supervision.
4. Maintain open communication channels, provide necessary school/School District
contact information, and commit to meeting regularly with DFCS leadership in
order to enhance inter-agency cooperation and collaboration.
5. Pursue potential joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interests.
ARTICLE III
DFCS will:
1. Review existing and emerging protocols and practices to ensure timely,
appropriate investigations are conducted regarding child abuse referrals generated
by schools/School District.
2. Identify appropriate staff to serve with the School District and other agencies on
the Cherokee County Truancy Panels.
3. When appropriate, involve departmental staff in school/School District-based
training and/or informational sessions.
4. Maintain open communication channels, provide necessary departmental contact
information, and commit to meeting annually with School District leadership in
order to enhance inter-agency cooperation and collaboration.
5. Pursue joint grant opportunities in both parties’ best interests.
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6. Accept all children/interested participants for participation within its programs
without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or
handicapping condition or any other discrimination recognized and prohibited by
State or Federal Law. Children/participants with handicaps must be provided all
necessary levels of supervision and must be included within the activities of the
partnering organization. As a result of this partnership agreement, DFCS must
adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education.
ARTICLE IV
The term of this contract is June 19, 2014
through June 19, 2015. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to
exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal
date.
ARTICLE V
This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days written
notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract shall be given to
the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton,
Georgia, 30114, and to the Director of the Cherokee County Department of Family and
Children Services at 105 Lamar Haley Parkway, Canton, Georgia, 30114.