West Virginia - 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.

West Virginia Administrative Code 126-11A-5. Expectations for Local School Improvement Councils: Desired Outcomes and Results

  • 5.2. Each LSIC shall operate from a concise and targeted action agenda that guides them in accomplishing and realizing their goals. The action agenda can be used to encourage collaboration with other school and community groups (e.g., PTA, PTO, boosters, faith-based community, civic groups) to achieve measurable outcomes.
    • 5.2.a. The LSIC shall utilize data: student achievement, discipline, parent, student, staff and community surveys, the school's strategic plan, and other pertinent data to drive their action agenda.
    • 5.2.b. The action agenda shall include high yield strategies that result in measureable school growth, improved student achievement, and innovation. These strategies shall foster the following guiding principles:
      • 5.2.b.1. Providing a respectful, inclusive school community that welcomes all parents, families, community members and businesses to participate in all students' education.
      • 5.2.b.2. Using many different modes of communication, including 21st century technology tools, to interact with parents and the broader community about education issues and ensuring parents, families, business and community members are encouraged to communicate with the school.
      • 5.2.b.3. Developing more effective forms of school-to-home and home-to-school communications with all families each year about school programs and their children's progress.
      • 5.2.b.4. Working together to support families' parenting skills and activities that prepare young children for school and promote ongoing achievement.
      • 5.2.b.5. Providing information and ideas to parents and families about how to establish home environments to support children as students such as reading with children, engaging them in educational activities, helping them with homework and other curricular-related activities, decisions and planning.
      • 5.2.b.6. Providing educational opportunities for educators about current research, model programs and best practices for engaging parents, families, and community members in improving student achievement.
      • 5.2.b.7. Developing student leadership and student voice and celebrating successes of students to encourage student achievement.
      • 5.2.b.8. Having high expectations for parents, families and community members to become partners in education to support school improvement and student success.
      • 5.2.b.9. Involving businesses to enhance educational opportunities, career development, and experiential learning.
      • 5.2.b.10. Collaborating with the community to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. Ultimately strengthening school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.

West Virginia Administrative Code 126-99. EXPECTED BEHAVIOR IN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS (4373)

Chapter 3: PLANNING FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

Section 1. Conceptual Framework

Parent, family and community involvement at early childhood, middle and adolescent levels is absolutely fundamental to an effective system of public education. Strong partnerships between homes, schools and communities are needed to ensure a quality education for all children. Parents, teachers and community members, by fostering a sense of cooperative responsibility, can reinforce one another's efforts. Parents, as their children's first and most enduring teachers, can complement their children's school learning and behavior by serving as collaborators in the educational process. Community involvement, including strong business partnerships, promotes a safe and supportive school climate/culture that connects students to a broader learning community. Home-school-community partnerships are essential to the successful implementation of Policy 4373.


West Virginia Administrative Code 126-11A-7. County Board of Education Responsibilities.

  • 7.2. Each county board of education shall adopt and implement a policy that provides for parent, family, business and community involvement in the schools.
    • 7.2.a. Each county policy shall promote parents, families, community and business members, through a variety of means, to become involved in children's education.
    • 7.2.b. Each county policy shall meet the criteria for compliance with federal programs.
    • 7.2.c. Each county policy shall be developed by a committee consisting of, but not limited to, classroom teachers, parents/family members of school-age children, community members, business members, principals and other school personnel.  The committee shall be representative of a variety of schools and shall include representation from early, middle and adolescent levels.
    • 7.2.d. Each county shall provide training for teachers, parents and administrators, in cooperation with state and local agencies that would help realize the objectives set forth in the county policy.
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