State law requires districts to adopt plans, policies, or strategies to engage parents and families in the educational process.
Code of the District of Columbia 38-2652. Functions of the Board.
(a) The Board shall: (8) Approve state policies for parental involvement.
Code of the District of Columbia 38-373. Duties.
(8) Recommend policy changes, staff training, and strategies on family, student, and community engagement to improve the efficient and equitable delivery of public education services
Code of the District of Columbia 38–1801.01. Long-term reform plan.
(b) Contents. — (1) Areas to be addressed. — The long-term reform plan shall describe how the District of Columbia public schools will become a world-class education system that prepares students for lifetime learning in the 21st century and which is on a par with the best education systems of other cities, States, and nations. The long-term reform plan shall include a description of how the District of Columbia public schools will accomplish the following: (J) Encourage parental involvement in all school activities, particularly parent teacher conferences.
Code of the District of Columbia 38–754.02. Definitions.
For the purposes of this subchapter, the term: (4) “Eligible services” means: (G) Programs designed to: (i) Facilitate parental involvement in, and engagement with, their children’s education, including parental activities that involve supporting, monitoring, and advocating for their children’s education; (ii) Promote parental leadership in the life of the school; and (iii) Build parenting skills.
District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 401 Neighborhood School Councils
401.1 The Superintendent shall direct the development and implementation of practices and programs that: (a) welcome parent involvement at both the system wide and local school levels, including local school governance councils; (b) establish a climate that is conducive to open communication, mutual trust, and respect between parents and school district personnel at all levels of the system; (c) enhance parent involvement at all grade levels in every local school; and (d) include parent involvement outcomes in all staff evaluations, as appropriate.
401.2 The Superintendent shall ensure that the practices and programs at the local schools meet the following Standard: (a) Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful; (b) Parenting skills are promoted and supported; (c) Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning; (d) Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought; (e) Parents are full partners in the educational decisions that affect children and families; and (f) Community resources are used to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning.