Illinois - Family Engagement Plans: Policy or Plan Requirement

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

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

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22-18d. Parental institutes.

A school district may utilize up to two days allowed by law for teachers’ institutes to conduct parental institutes for the parents and guardians of children attending the district. No district may utilize teachers’ institute days as parental institute days without the consent of the district’s inservice advisory committee created under Section 3-11. If a district does not have an inservice advisory committee, parental institute days must be approved by the district’s teaching staff.
Parental institutes shall be designed by the school district upon consultation with the district’s teaching staff, administrators, and parents’ organizations. The district may provide appropriate personnel, including district staff, to conduct, attend, or participate in all or any portion of the institutes.
Parental institutes shall provide information on such topics as the district shall deem necessary to achieve the following purposes:

  • (1) Enhance parental involvement in the education of the district’s students;
  • (2) Improve parental communication and involvement with the district;
  • (3) Enhance parental knowledge of child development, district programs, school conditions, and societal problems threatening students; and
  • (4) Improve parental skill development.

Districts shall use every means available to inform parents and guardians about parental institutes and to encourage attendance at and active participation in such events.
Parental institutes may be held during that period of the day which is not part of the regular school day and may be held on Saturdays. Days scheduled for parental institutes may be scheduled separately for different grade levels and different attendance centers of the district.
Districts may establish reasonable fees, not to exceed the cost of holding parental institutes, for attendance and shall waive any fees so established for any parents or guardians who may be unable to afford such fees. Nothing shall preclude districts from applying for or accepting private funds to conduct parental institutes.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 5-34-18.48. Bring Your Parents to School Day.

The board may designate the first Monday in October of each year “Bring Your Parents to School Day” to promote parental involvement and student success. On this day, the board may permit the parents or guardians of students to attend class with their children and meet with teachers and administrators during the school day.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-20.55. Bring Your Parents to School Day.

A school board may designate the first Monday in October of each year “Bring Your Parents to School Day” to promote parental involvement and student success. On this day, the school board may permit the parents or guardians of students to attend class with their children and meet with teachers and administrators during the school day.

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