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Parent Center And Parent Engagement Trainings

All LAUSD schools are encouraged to operate a parent center or provide a location where parent support services and trainings will occur. The School Goals for Parent Engagement set standards for effective parental engagement and guide school efforts to effectively engage parents at all grade levels in a board range of roles and activities. These goals are the following:

1.)  Ensure parents are welcomed as equal partners.

2.) Provide parents opportunities to strengthen their capacity to support learning.

3.) Operate an effective volunteer program.

4.) Respond effectively to parent concerns and complaints.

5.) Maintain compliance regarding all parent involvement mandates.

 

Parent engagement programs at schools are developed at the school level, and school and parent center staff receive guidance and support through staff from the Parent Community Services Branch and through each Educational Service Center Parent and Community Engagement Unit. All parents, including parents of English learners, migrant students, and students with disabilities are guaranteed access to school based activities and programs. Upon request, schools may make special accommodation for parents who are disabled or who require other special consideration.

In addition, the Division of Special Education sponsors free resources for parents of students with disabilities to provide them information about their child's education, and ways to be involved. For more information, contact (213) 241-6701. Direct-paid transportation is provided for parents of traveling students including those parents of students with disabilities to attend parent activities. Ask your local school for information.

The School Volunteer Program

School volunteers assist schools by providing support to teachers and other staff through a variety of activities. The Parent Community Services Branch and the PACE teams at each ESC facilitate the processing of school volunteers, maintain a database of school volunteers and offer training classes for volunteers through parent center staff. School volunteers must apply at the school and meet basic health and safety requirements to ensure the well-being of all students and staff.

 

Parent Involvement

State Board of Education Policy #89-01

A critical dimension of effective schooling is parent involvement. Research has shown conclusively that parent involvement in their children's education improves student achievement. Furthermore, when parents are involved at school, their children achieve at higher levels, and schools are more successful.

Important Facts:

1.) Families provide the primary education environment.

2.) Parent involvement improves student achievement.

3.) Parent involvement is most effective when it is comprehensive, supportive, long-lasting, and well-planned.

4.) The benefits of parent involvement are evident at every level of schooling, from early childhood, at the elementary level, and there are continuing positive effects through high school.

5.) Involving parents in supporting their children's education at home is not enough. To ensure the quality of schools as institutions serving the community, parents must be involved at all levels in the schools.

6.) The extent of parent involvement in a child's education is more important to student success than family income or education.

7.) The school and home must be partners and cannot be in isolation from one another, families and schools need to collaborate to ensure student success in school and in life.

 

 

 

Parent Involvement Policy

The Los Angeles Unified School District recognizes that, when schools and parents form strong partnerships, our children's potential for educational success improves significantly. The Parents As Equal Partners policy guides all school and district practices regarding the engagement of parents in their children's education. In addition, every school receiving federal and/or state funds must establish advisory committees d School Site Council (SSC) and parents must be involved in advising or, as members of the SSC, in making decisions about the school's educational program, the use of categorical funds to support these programs, and the school plan to involve parents in their children's education. The District also has established a Title I Parent Involvement Policy and directs all schools to annually review and revise as necessary their school Title I Parent Involvement Policy. Parents may visit http://families.lausd.net/ to view the LAUSD Parent Involvement Policy for Title and non-Title I schools or receive more information about parent involvement policies.

Through the School Experience Survey, parents are surveyed annually to provide LAUSD their perception on a variety of matters, including how well their schools welcome them as partners. Parents are encouraged to participate in this survey annually.

Parental Rights

Education Code Section 51101 provides that parents/guardians of pupils enrolled in public schools have the right and should have the opportunity to work together in a mutually supportive and respectful partnership with schools to help their children succeed, to be informed in advance about schools rules, and to be informed of the procedures for visiting the schools to help their children succeed, to be informed in advance about school rules, and to be informed of the procedures for visiting the schools and observing the classroom.

The LAUSD Parent Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is an integral component of the Parents as Equal Partners Resolution which communicates the partnership role of families and schools in order to achieve student success. It also affirms the rights and responsibilities that parents have in advocating for their children's academic success.

Parent's Rights and Responsibilities

To Ensure Their Child's Success

Parent as Equal Partners in the Education of Their Children, a resolution adopted by the Board of Education in December 2010, embraces family strengths and assets as essential to the academic success of students and recognizes parents as the first and most important lifelong teachers of their children. To that end, families and schools assume their responsibility for students success and commit to a partnership that:

  • Maintains high expectations for student achievements
  • Ensures all children are college and career ready
  • Promotes productive conversation and collaboration
  • Reflects mutual respect and support

Parents Have the Right To:

  • A free education that honors their child's learning and prepares them for college and careers
  • A welcoming environment that values family assets and contributions to learning
  • Information about the school's expectations, educational programs, policies and procedures
  • The School Report Card to assess the quality of their child's school
  • Visit their child's classroom and develop partnerships with teachers and staff
  • Opportunities to learn how best to support education at home and at school
  • Tutoring services and other learning supports for their child
  • Choose the best school/programs available for their child
  • File a formal complaint without fear of reprisal
  • Translation/interpretation services to communicate effectively with school staff

Parents Have the Responsibility to:

  • Promote literacy, high achievement, and a love for learning
  • Ensure their child attends school every day, on time, and ready to learn
  • Monitor and guide their child's academic progress to ensure success
  • Confer with teachers and other school staff about their child's education
  • Attend meetings and learning activities to be informed and support their child's education
  • Express their level of satisfaction through the annual School Experience Survey
  • Provide all information about their child as needed by the school

Advocate for their child's education

 

Parents' Right To Know

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires that, upon request, parents be notified of the professional qualification of their child's teacher in core academic subjects. The information includes:

  •  the type of credential the teacher holds
  • the teacher's college degree(s) and major(s)

A parent may also request information regarding the professional qualifications of a teacher assistant who provides services to his/her child.

Additionally, schools must provide timely notice to the parents of a child who has been assigned to, or has been taught in, a core academic subject for four or more consecutive weeks  by a teacher who does not meet the NCLB teacher requirements.