1.063†† Family and School Partnerships.


(1)               The School Board of Leon County believes that a genuine and mutually respectful partnership among parents and guardians, schools and the district, coordinated across all programs and grade levels, supports student learning and school success.This policy provides a broad framework to help assist educators to develop comprehensive programs of family and community involvement and effective communications.


(2)               The school district is committed to meet its responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment that enables students, with the support of families and the community, to meet the highest academic achievement standards.


(3)               The School Board believes that a studentís achievement in school is enhanced by a family that:


(a)                Creates a home environment that instills the value of education.


(b)               Expresses high expectations for their childrenís achievement and future careers.


(c)                Becomes involved in their childrenís learning activities and school.


(4)               The district and schools shall identify and implement effective parent and guardian involvement and communication practices that improve student learning and meet the needs of its families.The practices shall include:


(a)                Parenting.The district and schools shall promote parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support studentsí learning.Staff members shall strive to understand families and appreciate the diversity of cultures and approaches to child rearing.Parent training shall be offered through a variety of media and at times when working parents and guardians may attend.A parent resource center shall be established at each school site with information and materials that may help parents and guardians in their role as their childís primary teacher.


(b)               Communicating.The district and schools shall communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications.These shall be clear, understandable, consistent, two-way and meaningful and shall promote mutual respect and appreciation.The communication with parents and guardians shall include a description of the curriculum in use in the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels of students as they progress, including performance on grade level standards.A variety of communication methods and opportunities shall be used and special efforts made to contact traditionally hard to reach families.Personal contact at open houses or other school events and through parent-teacher conferences, telephone or home visits, shall be used to seek parental assistance with student academic or social difficulties or to recognize achievements.


(c)                Volunteering.The district and schools shall support efforts to improve recruitment, training, activities and schedules to involve families as classroom volunteers, and participants at school sponsored or other school related events.Volunteer training shall be offered through a variety of media and at times when working parents and guardians may attend.


(d)               Learning at Home.The district and schools shall create conditions that support the involvement of families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework.


(e)                Decision Making.†† The district and schools shall include families as participants and full partners in school improvement planning, school decisions, governance, and advocacy through parent groups, school and district advisory councils, committees and other parent/guardian organizations.Information shall be given and opportunities shall be provided for parents and guardians to make suggestions and participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the academic progress of their children.


(f)                 Collaborating with the Community.The district and schools shall collaborate with businesses and other community groups to coordinate resources to strengthen schools, families and student learning.Partnerships with governmental agencies and other groups to make school programs and services available to families after regular school hours shall be developed.


(5)               Parents and guardians shall be involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of family involvement programs and the effectiveness of this policy.


(6)††††††† The district and school shall provide professional development opportunities for staff members to enhance their understanding of effective parent and community involvement strategies.


Statutory authority:††††††† 1001.42, 1001.51 and 1001.54, F.S.

Law implemented:†††††††† 1002.23 and 1012.98, F.S.

Policy Adopted:††††††††††† November 18, 2003


See Administrative Procedure A-17-Title 1 Parent Involvement