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Escondido Union ESD |  BP  6020  Instruction

Parent Involvement   

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The Board of Education recognizes that parents/guardians are their children's first and most influential teachers and that continual parental involvement in the education of children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment.

In order to engage parents/guardians positively in their children's education, the superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff members at each school:

1. Help parents/guardians develop parenting skills to provide home environments that support their children's academic efforts and their development as responsible members of society

2. Inform parents/guardians that they can directly affect the success of their children's learning and provide them techniques and strategies to improve their children's academic success and assist in learning at home

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Make-Up Work)

3. Initiate consistent and effective two-way communication between the home and school so that parents/guardians may know when and how to help their children in support of classroom learning activities

(cf. 5124 - Communication with Parents/Guardians)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

4. Receive training that fosters effective and culturally sensitive communication with the home, including training on how to communicate with non-English speakers and how to give parents/guardians opportunities to assist in the instructional process both at school and at home

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

5. Encourage parents/guardians to serve as volunteers in the schools, attend student performances and school meetings, and participate in site councils, advisory councils, and other activities in which they may undertake governance, advisory, and advocacy roles

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0420.1 - School-Based Program Coordination)

(cf. 0420.3 - School-Based Pupil Motivation and Maintenance Program)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

6. Notify parents of their rights to be informed about and to participate in their children's education and of the opportunities available to them to do so.

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

School plans shall delineate specific measures that shall be taken to increase parental involvement with their children's education, including measures designed to involve parents/guardians with cultural, language, or other barriers, which may inhibit such participation.

Through consultation with parents/guardians, the district shall annually assess the effectiveness of parental involvement programs and determine what action, if any, needs to be taken to increase parental participation. Also through this consultation and annual assessment, the district shall determine what barriers, if any, are present which might inhibit parent/guardian participation.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Title I Schools

Each year the superintendent or designee shall identify specific objectives of the district's parent involvement program for schools that receive Title I funding. He/she shall ensure that parents/guardians are consulted and participate in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the parent involvement program. (Education Code 11503)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

The superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district's parent involvement strategies are jointly developed with and agreed upon by parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs. Those strategies shall establish expectations for parent involvement and describe how the district will carry out each activity listed in 20 USC 6318. (20 USC 6318)

The superintendent or designee shall consult with parents/guardians of participating students in the planning and implementation of parent involvement programs, activities, and regulations. He/she also shall involve parents/guardians of participating students in decisions regarding how the district's Title I funds will be allotted for parent involvement activities. (20 USC 6318)

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

The superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school receiving Title I funding develops a school-level parent involvement policy in accordance with 20 USC 6318.

Non-Title I Schools

The superintendent or designee shall develop and implement strategies applicable to each school that does not receive federal Title I funds to encourage the involvement and support of parents/guardians in the education of their children, including, but not limited to, strategies describing how the district and schools will address the purposes and goals described in Education Code 11502. (Education Code 11504)

Legal Reference:


11500-11506 Programs to encourage parent involvement

48985 Notices in languages other than English

51101 Parent rights and responsibilities

64001 Single plan for student achievement


230.8 Time off to visit child's school


6311 Parental notice of teacher qualifications and student achievement

6312 Local educational agency plan

6314 Schoolwide programs

6316 School improvement

6318 Parent involvement


35.104 Definitions, auxiliary aids and services

35.160 Communications

Management Resources:


Parent Involvement: Development of Effective and Legally Compliant Policies, Governance and Policy Services Policy Briefs, August 2006


89-01 Parent Involvement in the Education of Their Children, rev. 1994


Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A, April 23, 2004



California Department of Education, Family, School, Community Partnerships:

California Parent Center:

California State PTA:

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education:

National PTA:

No Child Left Behind:

Parent Information and Resource Centers:

Parents as Teachers National Center:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: October 23, 2007 Escondido, California

revised: July 26, 2007