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Baltimore County Public Schools Parent/Family Involvement Policy

The Board of Education of Baltimore County believes that schools, parents/guardians, and families have a mutual responsibility to work together in order to increase student achievement. The Board of Education of Baltimore County welcomes parent/guardian and family involvement in the educational process and believes this involvement is integral to the academic success of all students. The Board of Education of Baltimore County is committed to ensuring that schools involve parents/guardians and family members of children of all ages and grade levels regardless of the parent's/guardian's and family's educational attainment, race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, geographical location, primary language, or disability. The Board of Education of Baltimore County recognizes that the type and the degree of parent/guardian and family involvement varies among households.

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 teachers.
  • 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 parents.
  • 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 completeness.
  • 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 discussions.

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 schools by:

  • 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 by:

  • 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 advisory group.
  • 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 by:

  • Using community services to strengthen their skills and resources as a parent and to increase the learning opportunities for their child.
  • Encouraging and supporting their child to participate in community service.
  • Helping to recruit community members to volunteer at school.

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