On June 7th, 2018, The ACPS School Board accepted into policy updated Parent/Guardian and Family Engagement Regulations.
"The Alexandria City School Board believes that the education of Alexandria’s young people is a shared responsibility of families and schools. When families are involved in their children’s education, the attitudes, behaviors, and achievement of students are positively enhanced. Consequently, families are vital and necessary partners with the educational community throughout their children’s school career. By recognizing the important role that they play, and by assisting families to understand curricula and ways they can support children, students benefit."
In addition to the information regarding the Regulation below, soon you will be able to access additional School and Family Engagement Best Practices, including the U.S. Department of Education's Dual Capacity Framework information.
The ACPS Policy Regulation IGBC also notes the expectation that ACPS:
1. Provides activities that will educate and connect parents/guardians and families to learning opportunities to support their children’s academic and social-emotional development. These activities will promote cooperation between the Division and other agencies or school/community groups and disseminate information regarding parenting skills and child/adolescent development;
2. Implements strategies to involve parents/guardians and families in the educational process, including:
a) Keeping families informed of opportunities for involvement and encouraging participation in various programs;
b) Providing access to educational resources for parents/guardians and families to use with their children; and
c) Keeping parents/guardians informed of the objectives of the Division’s educational programs as well as of their child’s participation and progress with these programs;
3. Enables families to participate in the education of their children through a variety of roles. For example, family members are encouraged to:
a) Provide input into Division policies; and
b) Volunteer time within the classroom and school programs.
4. Provides professional development opportunities for new hires during their first year and continued learning opportunities for all staff to enhance their understanding and ability to implement effective family engagement strategies.
5. Performs regular evaluations of parent/guardian and family engagement at each school and at the Division level;
6. Provides access, upon request, to any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum;
7. Ensures meaningful communication with limited English proficient (LEP) parents/guardians in a language they can understand. In addition, for parents/guardians of students eligible for English Learner programs, ACPS informs them of how they can be active participants in assisting their children
a) To learn English;
b) To achieve at high levels in core academic subjects; and
c) To meet the same challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.
8. Provides supplementary aides and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when needed to communicate effectively with parents/guardians who have communication disabilities. Such services will be provided unless doing so would result in an undue burden to ACPS. Staff will submit requests using the online system (https://www.acps.k12.va.us/translation) following Division procedures.