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Parental Involvement

The Governing Board of West Covina Unified School District recognizes that parents/guardians are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that continued parental involvement in the education of children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment.

In order to engage parents/guardians positively in their children’s education, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff members at each school:

  1. help parents/guardians develop parenting skills and provide home environments that support their children’s academic efforts and their development as responsible members of society; 
  2. inform parents/guardians that they can directly affect the success of their children’s learning and provide them techniques and strategies that they may use to improve their children’s academic success and help their children in learning at home;
  3. initiate consistent and effective communication between the home and school. Parents/guardians shall be informed when and how to help their children to support classroom learning activities. The school shall learn from the parents/guardians how to provide the most conducive educational environment for the student; 
  4. promote training that fosters effective and culturally sensitive communication with the home, including training on how to communicate with non-English speakers and how to give parents/guardians opportunities to assist in the instructional process both at school and at home;
  5. encourage parents/guardians to serve as volunteers in the schools, attend school performances and school meetings, and participate in site councils, advisory councils, and other activities in which they may undertake governance, advisory, and advocacy roles. Procedures for joining or being appointed to those organizations shall be clearly communicated to the parents/ guardians.

School Site Councils shall develop and review annually a parent involvement policy to increase involvement with their children’s education, including measures designed to assists parents/guardians with cultural, language or other barriers inhibiting participation.

The parent/guardians of children enrolled in Title I programs shall be involved in the planning, designing, and implementing these programs in a systematic and informed fashion. They shall have regular opportunities to make recommendations on the educational needs of their children and on ways in which they can help their children benefit from the programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures that help participating school plan, implement, and expand effective parental involvement. At each of these schools, a written policy shall be developed with the participation of parents/guardians and distributed to them, describing how program requirements specified in law will be carried out. The policy shall be updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents/guardians and the school.

Through consultation with parents/guardians, the Superintendent or designee shall annually assess the effectiveness of the district’s parental involvement policy and programs and revise them if necessary. He/She shall identify barriers to greater involvement and determine what action, if any needs to be taken to increase parental involvement.

 

Parent Organizations

  • Parent Organizations: Parent Teacher Associations and other parent organizations are active at schools across the District. These groups work to help enhance the educational opportunities and experiences of students. Booster Clubs are adult organizations formed by parents to support a particular educational program at a school.
  • School Site Council(SSC)/Single Plan For Student Achievement: School Site Councils are comprised of parents, community members, teachers, the principal, and other school personnel. This Council develops, implements, and continually monitors and evaluates the Single Plan for Student Achievement, a documented plan of action to raise the academic performance of students and improve the school’s education program. The SSC is directly involved with staff development planning. The principal can provide information about your School Site Council and Single Plan for Student Achievement.
  • District Advisory Council (DAC): The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items.
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC): The DELAC is comprised of parents, teachers, principals, and instructional assistants representing English Learners. This Committee meets regularly to share information as well as to study issues and concerns related to the instruction provided to English Learners and parents of English Learners play a strong role in these meetings.
  • Volunteers: Parents and community members are encouraged to participate in schools to serve on the School Site Council, District Advisory Council, District and site level English Learner Advisory Committees, and to assist in classrooms, library, or school office. All volunteers at a school site who are in contact with students must have a tuberculin (TB) test prior to their starting date and every four years thereafter. Check with your school as to the location and dates of free TB skin test clinics. TB test results are kept on file at the school site. California Education Code also requires volunteers to affirm that they are not a registered sex offender per Penal Code §290.

    
       

School Success

From The Parent Institute's "School Success Web Content," the following link provides daily-updated parent involvement information.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are an essential part of your child’s education. Just looking at a report card may not give you the full picture of how well your child is doing in school. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled, so that you and the teacher can discuss your child’s progress in the classroom on a private, one-on-one basis. It’s your chance to ask questions about subjects being taught and to understand our expectations. Conferences also give you the opportunity to exchange information about your child that might assist the teacher. Finally, the conference is the place to express any concerns you might have regarding your child’s progress.

During the conferences, the teacher will provide information about your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and social, physical, and emotional behaviors at school. Use these conferences as a way to get to know your child’s teacher, your child’s classroom, and to help your child progress. Here are some tips:

  1. Be on time.  Teachers are on a tight schedule so they can see every parent.
  2. Be prepared.  Organize a list of questions you might want to ask.
  3. Come to the conference with an open mind.  Open communication facilitates solutions.
  4. Be willing to discuss your concerns.
  5. Be open to suggestions of things you and your child can do at home.
  6. If you don’t understand a teacher’s comment, ask for clarification.
  7. Feel free to take notes.  By working together, your child’s performance at school will improve.
  8. Deal with the facts.  This is a good time to validate rumors by asking the teacher about what you have heard.
  9. Plan to meet again during the school year to discuss your child’s progress.
  10. Remember, the goal of a parent/teacher conference is to communicate about your child’s success.