Montana - Family Engagement Plans: Policy or Plan Requirement

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

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

Administrative Rules of Montana, Department of Education, Chapter Standards of accreditation , Subchapter Educational opportunity, 10.55.801 School climate

(1) The local board of trustees shall:

  • (a) develop policies, procedures, and rules that respect the rights of all learners, and promote an awareness of and concern for the well-being of others, and address bullying, intimidation, and harassment of students and school personnel;
  • (b) create teaching and learning conditions that meet the district's educational goals and recruit and maintain a quality staff;
  • (c) offer programs and services which, in content and presentation, endeavor to be free of stereotyping in terms of age, sex, religion, race, national origin, or handicapping condition;
  • (d) provide programs and services that meet the needs of students which the school has identified as at-risk;
  • (e) inform students, parents, families, and guardians of the school's expectations and of students' rights and responsibilities;
  • (f) encourage students to take responsibility for their education, including preparing for and participating in class and school activities, taking full advantage of learning services provided, helping design their educational goals, and conducting themselves respectfully and appropriately;
  • (g) encourage the active involvement of parents, families, and guardians in their children's education and in their school; and
  • (h) provide opportunities for parents, families, guardians, educators, and members of the community to take active roles in developing and reviewing district and school educational goals.

Administrative Rules of Montana, Department of Education, Chapter Standards of accreditation , Subchapter School leadership, 10.55.701 Board of trustees

(1) The local board of trustees shall ensure that the school district complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
(2) Each school district shall make available to the staff and public:

  • (a) goals that reflect the district's strategic plan of education;
  • (b) sequential curriculum for each program area that aligns to the content standards, specific grade-level learning progressions, and program area standards;
  • (c) policies establishing student assessment procedures that ensure evaluation of the district's curriculum and student learning. These procedures shall specify how and when data are to be collected, analyzed, and reported;
  • (d) policies that delineate the responsibilities of the local board of trustees, superintendent, and personnel employed by the school district. The local board of trustees shall review these policies on a regular basis;
  • (f) policies addressing bullying, hazing, intimidation, and harassment of students and meeting the requirements in ARM 10.55.719;
  • (g) an equity policy;
  • (h) a transfer policy for determining the appropriate placement of incoming students;
  • (i) an academic freedom policy;
  • (j) a materials selection policy, including a challenge procedure, for all curricular and support materials;
  • (k) a copyright policy;
  • (l) a policy that defines the use of school facilities and resources;
  • (m) a comprehensive family engagement policy aligned to meet the following goals:
    • (i) families actively participate in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class;
    • (ii) families and school staff engage in regular, two-way meaningful communication about student learning;
    • (iii) families and school staff continuously collaborate to support student learning and healthy development both at home and at school and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively;
    • (iv) families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated equitably and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success;
    • (v) families and school staff partner in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs; and
    • (vi) families and school staff collaborate with members of the community to connect students, families, and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation;
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