Parent And Family Engagement

Parent and family engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities including ensuring that:
• Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
• Parents are encouraged to be actively engaged in their child’s education at school.
• Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
• The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in ESSA. 

Some opportunities for parent and family engagement include parent workshops, parent advisory committees, school council, PTO, parent volunteers, school planning meetings and parentteacher conferences. 

Each school has a Parent and Community Engagement Liaison(s) that coordinates parent activities. For more information, contact your child’s school. If you have any comments or suggestions, always feel free to contact your parent liaison. Your liaison will take your feedback to the leadership team of the school and will provide helpful tips to school staff.

The purpose of the school parent and family engagement policy is to ensure that strong strategies are in place to build the capacity of parents, to engage parents in an effective partnership with the school and to share and support high student academic achievement. The school and parents must jointly develop and agree on the policy. It is revised every year to meet the changing needs of parents. Finally, the policy is distributed to parents in multiple ways.

The school district also has a district parent and family engagement policy. It is revised every year and a copy of this document is also distributed to parents in multiple ways.

Every year students, parents and school staff sign a compact or agreement. This compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards. This compact is revised with parent input at the end of each school year and then is distributed to all parents to be signed at the beginning of the next school year.

At the beginning and end of the school year, schools distribute a parent questionnaire. The results of this survey are used to review the effectiveness of parent activities. Feedback from these surveys is very important. The school parent and family engagement policy and school activities are developed from feedback parents give on these surveys.

There are two parent resource centers available for your use to support you and the education of your children. The goal of all of the parent resource centers is to share the benefits of parent and family engagement and provide services that lead to the academic success of children.

• School Parent Resource Centers
Each Title I school has a parent resource room or area where you can obtain valuable resources on how to support your child’s academic efforts in math, science, social studies and English language arts.
- Contact: Your school or Parent and Community Engagement Liaison
- Hours: School hours

• District Parent Resource Center
The district family resource center has DVDs, books and audio CDs available for parent checkout. You will also find valuable information on supporting your student academically. 

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