|The Board of Education of Baltimore
County endorses cooperation among schools, parents/guardians, families,
and community members in order to increase involvement and participation
in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of students by
utilizing the following guidelines:
1. Communicating - Open and ongoing communication is promoted
among home, school, and the community. Parents have positive
communication with their child's school by:
- Sharing their child's interests, talents, and strengths with
- Attending parent/teacher conferences to develop an action plan to
help their child be more successful in school.
- Reading the school and/or classroom newsletters.
- Attending orientation meetings such as Back-to-School Night.
- Staying in touch with teachers throughout the year.
2. Parenting - Parenting skills are fostered and supported.
Parents grow and share their parenting skills by:
- Suggesting ideas for and attending presentations/workshops on
various parenting topics.
- Discussing their family's values and goals in order to help school
personnel understand what is important to them.
- Participating in parent discussion groups to help support other
- Contacting their school counselor or PTA representative for
information on family programs and resources.
3. Student Learning - Parents/guardians, families, and
community members play an integral role in assisting student learning.
Parents assist in student learning at home by:
- Providing a regular time and place for homework and checking for
- Talking with their child about what he/she is learning and why
education is important.
- Involving their child in home activities such as following
recipes, managing money, writing letters, and playing games of skill.
- Encouraging reading by providing reading materials, modeling
reading, reading to their child, or listening to their child read.
- Building their child's vocabulary and thinking skills through
4. Volunteering - Parents/guardians, families, and community
members are welcome as volunteers in the school. Their support and
assistance are sought, encouraged, and recognized. Parents volunteer in
- Assisting their child's teacher in the classroom or on field
trips, as they are able.
- Attending volunteer training and orientation.
- Sharing information about their careers, cultures, special
interests, or travel experiences.
- Helping to develop creative ways to involve volunteers.
5. School Decision-Making and Advocacy -Parents/guardians,
families, and community members are included and supported in the
decision-making process. Their leadership in advisory and advocacy roles
is encouraged. Parents become involved in advocacy and decision-making
- Attending meetings at the school, district, and state levels and
sharing the information with other parents.
- Joining the School Improvement Team, school/PTA committees, or an
- Participating in petition drives or letter-writing campaigns to
Congress on education legislation.
- Looking for opportunities to improve education at the local,
state, and national
6. Collaborating with the Community - Community resources are
used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning. schools,
families, and student learning. Parents collaborate with the community
- Using community services to strengthen their skills and resources
as a parent and to increase the learning opportunities for their
- Encouraging and supporting their child to participate in community
- Helping to recruit community members to volunteer at school.