Sweetwater Un HSD | BP 6020 Instruction
Parent And Family Engagement
The Board of Trustees recognizes that parents/guardians are their children's first and most influential teachers and that sustained parent involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall work with staff and parents/guardians to develop meaningful opportunities at all grade levels for parents/guardians to be involved in district and school activities; advisory, decision-making, and advocacy roles; and activities to support learning at home.
(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)
(cf. 0420.1 - School-Based Program Coordination)
(cf. 0420.5 - School-Based Decision Making)
(cf. 0520.1 - High Priority Schools Grant Program)
(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)
(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)
(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)
(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)
(cf. 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders)
Parents/guardians shall be notified 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)
The district's local control and accountability plan shall include goals and strategies for parent/guardian involvement, including district efforts to seek parent/guardian input in district and school site decision making and to promote parent/guardian participation in programs for English learners, foster youth, students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and students with disabilities. (Education Code 42238.02, 52060)
(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall regularly evaluate and report to the Board on the effectiveness of the district's parent involvement efforts, including, but not limited to, input from parents/guardians and school staff on the adequacy of parent involvement opportunities and barriers that may inhibit parent/guardian participation.
(cf. 0500 - Accountability)
Title I Schools
The Superintendent or designee shall involve parents/guardians and family members in establishing district expectations and objectives for meaningful parent/guardian and family engagement in schools supported by Title I funding, developing strategies that describe how the district will carry out each activity listed in 20 USC 6318, as contained in the accompanying administrative regulation, and implementing and evaluating such programs, activities, and procedures. As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall conduct outreach to all parents/guardians and family members. (Education Code 11503; 20 USC 6318)
(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)
When the district's Title I, Part A allocation exceeds the amount specified in 20 USC 6318, the Board shall reserve at least one percent of the funding to implement parent/guardian and family engagement activities. The Superintendent or designee shall involve parents/guardians and family members of participating students in decisions regarding how the district's Title I funds will be allotted for parent/guardian and family engagement activities and shall ensure that priority is given to schools in high poverty areas in accordance with law. (20 USC 6318, 6631)
(cf. 3100 - Budget)
Expenditures of such funds shall be consistent with the activities specified in this policy and shall include at least one of the following: (20 USC 6318)
1. Support for schools and nonprofit organizations in providing professional development for district and school staff regarding parent/guardian and family engagement strategies, which may be provided jointly to teachers, principals, other school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, paraprofessionals, early childhood educators, and parents/guardians and family members.
2. Support for programs that reach parents/guardians and family members at home, in the community, and at school.
3. Dissemination of information on best practices focused on parent/guardian and family engagement, especially best practices for increasing the engagement of economically disadvantaged parents/guardians and family members.
4. Collaboration with community-based or other organizations or employers with a record of success in improving and increasing parent and family engagement.
5. Any other activities and strategies that the district determines are appropriate and consistent with this policy.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall ensure that each school receiving Title I funds develops a school-level parent involvement policy in accordance with 20 USC 6318.
Non-Title I Schools
The Superintendent or his/her 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)
11500-11506 Programs to encourage parent involvement
48985 Notices in languages other than English
51101 Parent rights and responsibilities
52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan
54444.1-54444.2 Parent advisory councils, services to migrant children
56190-56194 Community advisory committee, special education
64001 Single plan for student achievement
230.8 Time off to visit child's school
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
18275 Child care and development programs, parent involvement and education
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6311 State plan
6312 Local educational agency plan
6311 Parental notice of teacher qualifications and student achievement
6312 Local educational agency plan
6314 School wide programs
6316 School improvement
6318 Parent involvement
6318 Parent and family engagement
6631 Teacher and school leader incentive program, purposes and definitions
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 28
35.104 Definitions, auxiliary aids and services
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Title I School-Level Parental Involvement Policy
Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts, 2014
Parent Involvement: Development of Effective and Legally Compliant Policies, Governance and Policy Services Policy Briefs, August 2006
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICIES
89-01 Parent Involvement in the Education of Their Children, rev. 1994
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NON-REGULATORY GUIDANCE
Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A, April 23, 2004
California Department of Education, Family, School, Community Partnerships: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf
California Parent Center: http://parent.sdsu.edu
California State PTA: http://www.capta.org
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education:
No Child Left Behind: http://www.ed.gov/nclb
U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov
Policy SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California
revised: December 10, 2018