California - Family Engagement Plans: Policy or Plan Requirement

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

California Education Code 11503 Programs to Encourage Parental Involvement

The governing board of each school district shall establish a parent involvement program for each school in the district that receives funds under Chapter 1 of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Augustus F. Hawkins–Robert T. Stafford Elementary and Secondary School Improvement Amendments of 1988 (P.L. 100–290). That program shall contain at least the following elements:

(a)  Procedures to ensure that parents are consulted and participate in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the program.

(b)  Regular and periodic programs throughout the school year that provide for training, instruction, and information on all of the following:

  • (1)  Parental ability to directly affect the success of their children’s learning through the support they give their children at home and at school.
  • (2)  Home activities, strategies, and materials that can be used to assist and enhance the learning of children both at home and at school.
  • (3)  Parenting skills that assist parents in understanding the development needs of their children and in understanding how to provide positive discipline for, and build healthy relationships with, their children.
  • (4)  Parental ability to develop consistent and effective communications between the school and the parents concerning the progress of the children in school and concerning school programs.

(c)  An annual statement identifying specific objectives of the program.

(d)  An annual review and assessment of the program’s progress in meeting those objectives. Parents shall be made aware of the existence of this review and assessment through regular school communications mechanisms and shall be given a copy upon the parent’s request.

California Education Code 11504 Programs to Encourage Parental Involvement

The governing board of each school district shall adopt a policy on parent involvement, consistent with the purposes and goals set forth in Section 11502, for each school not governed by Section 11503.

California Education Code 11505 Programs to Encourage Parental Involvement

To the extent permitted by federal law, a school district may contract with nonprofit organizations and agencies experienced in administering parent involvement programs to design or implement, or design and implement, a school’s parent involvement program.

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