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Parent Involvement   

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The County Board recognizes that parents/guardians and families are their children's first and most influential teachers and that sustained and meaningful parent/guardian involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment. The County Superintendent or designee will work with parents/guardians and family members to jointly develop and agree upon policy and strategy to meaningfully involve them in LACOE and school activities at all grade levels; advisory, decision-making, and advocacy roles; and activities to support learning at home.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(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.

Refer to Board Policy 5148.4, Governance in the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, for parent involvement of Head Start/Early Head Start students.

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

LACOE's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) shall include goals and strategies for meaningful parent/guardian involvement and family engagement, including LACOE efforts to seek parent/guardian input in its central office 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 County Superintendent or designee shall regularly evaluate and report to the County Board on the effectiveness of LACOE's parent/guardian and family engagement efforts, including, but not limited to, input from parents/guardians, family members, and school staff on the adequacy of involvement opportunities and on barriers that may inhibit participation.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Title I Schools

The County Superintendent or designee shall involve parents/guardians and family members in establishing LACOE expectations and objectives for meaningful parent/guardian and family engagement in schools supported by Title I funding, developing strategies that describe how LACOE 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 County 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 LACOE's Title I, Part A allocation exceeds the amount specified in 20 USC 6318, the County Board shall reserve at least one percent of the funding to implement parent/guardian and family engagement activities and shall distribute at least 90 percent of those reserved funds to eligible schools, with priority given to high-need schools as defined in 20 USC 6631. The County Superintendent or designee will involve parents/guardians and family members of participating students in decisions regarding how LACOE's Title I funds will be allotted for parent/guardian and family engagement activities. (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 LACOE 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, or the provision of subgrants to schools to enable collaboration, with community-based or other organizations or employers with a record of success in improving and increasing parent/guardian and family engagement

5. Any other activities and strategies that LACOE determines are appropriate and consistent with this policy

The County Board policy and administrative regulation containing parent/guardian and family engagement strategies shall be incorporated into LACOE's LCAP in accordance with 20 USC 6312. (20 USC 6318)

The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school receiving Title I funds develops a school-level parent/guardian and family engagement involvement policy in accordance with 20 USC 6318.

District and school-level parent/guardian and family engagement policies and administrative regulations shall be distributed to parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs and shall be available to the local community. Parents/guardians shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents/guardians can understand. (20 USC 6318)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Non-Title I Schools

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

Parent Involvement for Title I and Non-Title I Schools: Wellness Strategies

The County Board recognizes the importance of meaningful parent/guardian, family, and community involvement in promoting wellness and educational achievement, and shall:

1. Promote parent/guardian outreach efforts that emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance and address the need for consistent health messages between the home and the school environments

2. Encourage consistent health messages between home and school by disseminating health information to parents/guardians through LACOE or school newsletters, handouts, parent/guardian meetings, the LACOE website, and other communications. Outreach to parents/guardians shall emphasize the relationship between student health and academic performance

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

11500-11505 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

LABOR CODE

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

6314 Schoolwide programs

6318 Parent and family engagement

6631 Teacher and school leader incentive program, purposes and definitions

7241-7246 Family engagement in education programs

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 28

35.104 Definitions, auxiliary aids and services

35.160 Communications

Management Resources:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Title I School-Level Parental Involvement Policy

Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts, 2014

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance, April 23, 2004

WEBSITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

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: http://www.ncpie.org

National PTA: http://www.pta.org

Parent Information and Resource Centers: http://www.pirc-info.net

Parents as Teachers National Center: http://www.parentsasteachers.org

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: June 16, 2020 Downey, California