Arkansas - Family Engagement Plans: Policy or Plan Requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

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

Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.22.18-001 Rules Governing Parental Involvement Plans

3.00 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PLANS

  • 3.01 Each public school district, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a parental involvement plan that establishes the district's expectations for parental involvement, and that includes programs and practices that enhance parental involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.

    • 3.01.1 Collaboration with parents may be accomplished through the coalition of parents and representatives of agencies, institutions, business and industry required for development and implementation of the district-level annual comprehensive school improvement plan (ACSIP) required by the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts.
    • 3.01.2 The parental involvement plan shall be incorporated into the public school district's annual comprehensive school improvement plan (ACSIP).
    • 3.01.3 Annually by October 1, the public school district's parental involvement plan shall be:
      • 3.01.3.1 Developed, or reviewed and updated by the public school district;
      • 3.01.3.2 Posted to the website of the public school district; and
      • 3.01.3.3 Filed with the Department's Division of Learning Services.
      • 3.01.3.4 All public school district parental involvement plans filed with the Department shall be filed in electronic format, specifically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), or Rich Text (.rtf) format.
      • 3.01.3.5 Provided in a parent-friendly summary as a supplement to the student handbook.
      • 3.01.3.5.1 The parent shall sign a form acknowledging receipt of the summary and return the signed form to the school where the student is enrolled.
  • 3.02 Each public school, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a parental involvement plan that reflects the specific academic improvement needs of the school, and that includes programs and practices that enhance parental involvement and address the specific parent involvement needs of students and their families.
    • 3.02.1 Collaboration with parents may be accomplished through the coalition of parents and representatives of agencies, institutions, business and industry required for development and implementation of the school-level annual comprehensive school improvement plan (ACSIP) required by the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts.
    • 3.02.2 The parental involvement plan shall be incorporated into the public school's annual comprehensive school improvement plan (ACSIP).
    • 3.02.3 Annually by October 1, the public school's parental involvement plan shall be developed, or reviewed and updated by the public school.
    • 3.02.4 Annually by October 1, the public school shall post to the website of the public school or public school district:
      • 3.02.4.1 The public school's parental involvement plan;
      • 3.02.4.2 A parent-friendly explanation of the public school's and public school district's parental involvement plans;
      • 3.02.4.3 The informational packet required by Section 5.01.1; and
      • 3.02.4.4 Contact information for the parent facilitator designated by the public school under Section 5.08 of these Rules.
  • 3.03 A public school's parental involvement plan shall:
    • 3.03.1 Involve parents of students at all grade levels in a variety of roles, including without limitation:
      • 3.03.1.1 Involvement in the education of their children;
      • 3.03.1.2. Volunteer activities;
      • 3.03.1.3 Learning activities that support classroom instruction;
      • 3.03.1.4 Participation in school decisions;
      • 3.03.1.5 Collaboration with the community;
      • 3.03.1.6 Development of school goals and priorities; and
      • 3.03.1.7 Evaluating the effectiveness of the comprehensive school improvement plan (ACSIP);
    • 3.03.2 Be comprehensive and coordinated in nature;
    • 3.03.3 Recognize that communication between home and school should be regular, two-way, and meaningful;
    • 3.03.4 Promote and support responsible parenting;
    • 3.03.5 Acknowledge that parents play an integral role in assisting student learning;
    • 3.03.6 Welcome parents into the school and seek parental support and assistance;
    • 3.03.7 Recognize that a parent is a full partner in the decisions that affect his or her child and family;
    • 3.03.8 Recognize that community resources strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning; and
    • 3.03.9 Support the development, implementation, and regular evaluation of the program to involve parents in the decisions and practices of the school district, using, to the degree possible, the components listed in the section.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-15-1701. Parental Involvement Plan Findings

The General Assembly recognizes that:

  • (1) A child's education is a responsibility shared by the school and family during the entire time the child spends in school;
  • (2) To support the goal of the schools to educate all students effectively, the schools and parents must work as knowledgeable partners;
  • (3) Although parents are diverse in culture, language, and needs, they are an integral component of a school's ability to provide for the educational success of their children;
  • (4) Engaging parents is essential to improve student achievement; and
  • (5) Schools should foster and support active parental involvement.
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2017 Arkansas Code 6-15-1702. Parental Involvement Plan

(a) Each public school district and each public school within its boundaries, in collaboration with parents, shall establish a parental involvement plan, including programs and practices that enhance parental involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.

(b) The parental involvement program in each school shall:

  • (1) Involve parents of students at all grade levels in a variety of roles;
  • (2) Be comprehensive and coordinated in nature;
  • (3)
    • (A) Recognize that communication between home and school should be regular, two-way, and meaningful.
    • (B) To encourage communication with parents, the school shall:
      • (i) Prepare an informational packet to be distributed annually to the parent of each child in the school, appropriate for the age and grade of the child, describing:
        • (a) The school's parental involvement program;
        • (b) The recommended role of the parent, student, teacher, and school;
        • (c) Ways for the parent to become involved in the school and his or her child's education;
        • (d) A survey for the parent regarding his or her interests concerning volunteering at the school;
        • (e) Activities planned throughout the school year to encourage parental involvement; and
        • (f) A system to allow the parents and teachers to communicate in a regular, two-way, and meaningful manner with the child's teacher and the school principal; and
      • (ii) Schedule no fewer than two (2) parent-teacher conferences per school year.
    • (C) The school may plan and engage in other activities determined by the school to be beneficial to encourage communication with parents;
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2017 Arkansas Code 6-15-1005. Safe, equitable, and accountable public schools

(f)

  • (1) All public schools will have a program of parental involvement.
  • (2)
    • (A) Every school will have a plan for allowing parents to be involved in the education of their children.
    • (B) These plans will address communication with parents, volunteering, learning activities that support classroom instruction, participation in school decisions, and collaboration with the community.
  • (3) Every school will involve parents in developing school goals and priorities and evaluating the effectiveness of the school-level improvement plan.
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