Arizona - Family Engagement Plans: Policy or Plan Requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt plans, policies, or strategies to engage parents and families in the educational process.

Arizona Revised Statutes 15-102. Parental involvement in the school; definition

A. The governing board, in consultation with parents, teachers and administrators, shall develop and adopt a policy to promote the involvement of parents and guardians of children enrolled in the schools within the school district, including:

    1. A plan for parent participation in the schools that is designed to improve parent and teacher cooperation in such areas as homework, attendance and discipline. The plan shall provide for the administration of a parent-teacher satisfaction survey.
    1. Procedures by which parents may learn about the course of study for their children and review learning materials, including the source of any supplemental educational materials.
    1. Procedures by which parents who object to any learning material or activity on the basis that it is harmful may withdraw their children from the activity or from the class or program in which the material is used. Objection to a learning material or activity on the basis that it is harmful includes objection to a material or activity because it questions beliefs or practices in sex, morality or religion.
    1. If a school district offers any sex education curricula pursuant to section 15-711 or 15-716 or pursuant to any rules adopted by the state board of education, procedures to prohibit a school district from providing sex education instruction to a pupil unless the pupil’s parent provides written permission for the child to participate in the sex education curricula.
    1. Procedures by which parents will be notified in advance of and given the opportunity to withdraw their children from any instruction or presentations regarding sexuality in courses other than formal sex education curricula.
    1. Procedures by which parents may learn about the nature and purpose of clubs and activities that are part of the school curriculum, extracurricular clubs and activities that have been approved by the school.
    1. Procedures by which parents may learn about parental rights and responsibilities under the laws of this state, including the following:
      • (a) The right to opt in to a sex education curriculum if one is provided by the school district.
      • (b) Open enrollment rights pursuant to section 15-816.01.
      • (c) The right to opt out of assignments pursuant to this section.
      • (d) The right to opt out of immunizations pursuant to section 15-873.
      • (e) The promotion requirements prescribed in section 15-701.
      • (f) The minimum course of study and competency requirements for graduation from high school prescribed in section 15-701.01.
      • (g) The right to opt out of instruction on the acquired immune deficiency syndrome pursuant to section 15-716.
      • (h) The right to review test results pursuant to section 15-743.
      • (i) The right to participate in gifted programs pursuant to section 15-779.01.
      • (j) The right to access instructional materials pursuant to section 15-730.
      • (k) The right to receive a school report card pursuant to section 15-746.
      • (l) The attendance requirements prescribed in sections 15-802, 15-803 and 15-821.
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