State law requires districts to implement parent education or support programs to address family needs.
Code of Alabama 16-28-2.2 Establishment of program by local boards to inform parents of educational responsibilities.
(a) Local boards of education, pursuant to guidelines established by the State Board of Education, shall establish educational programs to inform parents of school children of their education-related responsibilities to their children. The programs shall include, but shall not be limited to, coverage of each of the following topics:
- (1) The criminal liability and criminal sanctions parents may be subject to under Section 16-28-12, for failing to compel their child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil, or for failing to ensure that their child attends school or enrolls in school.
- (2) The necessity for a parent to monitor and supervise the school work and educational activities of the child.
- (3) An explanation of the responsibilities of teachers and the school system to a child, and an enumeration of those matters that are strictly the responsibility of the parent.
- (4) Techniques and suggestions to enable a parent to best supervise the school work and educational activities of the child.
- (5) An explanation of the interrelationship of the family life of a child and the educational achievement of the child.
(b) The State Board of Education and local boards of education shall develop strategies to ensure that parents of school children receive this information. These strategies may include provisions for weekend meetings, one-to-one conferences, telephone communications, and neighborhood meetings.
(c) Local district attorneys and law enforcement officials shall, at the request of the local board of education, assist in the implementation and operation of this section.
Code of Alabama 16-6B-3. Students, schools, and school systems needing assistance; strategies.
(a) Student strategy. — The superintendent of the local board of education along with the staff of each school shall develop an assistance program at each school for at-risk students performing below the Standard set by the State Board of Education. The Standard shall include the results of the required assessment program adopted by the State Board of Education with emphasis on students who are found to be at one or more grade levels below the prescribed norm. The local board of education shall budget at least one hundred dollars ($100) per student so identified to be expended on tutorial assistance programs including, but not limited to, after-school, Saturday school, or summer school, or any combination of these programs. These funds may be budgeted from state or federal funds. However, federal funds already budgeted for at-risk students may not be counted toward the minimum one hundred dollars ($100) requirement set aside to be expended for at-risk students as defined in this chapter. In addition, these funds may be expended for any of the following purposes: (1) Programs to encourage at-risk five-year olds to attend an approved preschool program. (2) Programs to identify at-risk students in the first grade. (3) Programs to ensure strict enforcement of truancy laws. (4) Programs to create alternative or disciplinary schools in which children who consistently exhibit behaviors or patterns of behaviors that interfere with the learning environment of other students would be placed and would be provided counseling and instruction in basic skills. (5) Programs to encourage parental involvement of parents of at-risk children. (6) Programs to encourage literacy of parents of at-risk children.