• Policy 1215 Parent Involvement Policy

    1. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education recognizes a child's education is a responsibility shared by the school and family during the entire period the child spends in school. To support the goal of this school district to educate all students effectively, schools and parents must work as knowledgeable partners. The WS/FCS and each school supports the active and on-going involvement of parents in the planning, review and improvement of instructional programs, as well as the planning, review and improvement of the LEA and school level parental involvement policies.


    2. Although parents are diverse in culture, language and needs, they share the commitment of the WS/FCS to the educational success of their children. The WS/FCS and its schools, in collaboration with parents, shall establish programs and practices to enhance parent involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.


    3. The Board of Education promotes and supports parental involvement in student learning, achievement at school and at home, and encouragement of students toward graduation. The Board of Education will implement policies to communicate with parents regarding expectations for students and student progress, graduation requirements and available course offerings, to provide increased opportunities for parental involvement in schools, and to create an environment in the schools conducive for parental involvement.


    4. The Board of Education supports the development, implementation and regular evaluation of a parent involvement program in each school to involve parents at all grade levels in a variety of roles. The parent involvement programs will be comprehensive and coordinated in nature. They will include, but not be limited to, the following components of successful parent involvement programs:

      1. Regular and meaningful communication between homes and school;

      2. Responsible parenting is promoted and supported;

      3. Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning;

      4. Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought;

      5. Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families; and community resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning.


    5. The Board of Education supports professional development opportunities for staff members to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies. This Board also recognizes the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation.


    6. In addition to programs at the school level, the Board of Education supports the development, implementation and annual evaluation of a program to involve parents in WS/FCS decisions and practices, using to the degree possible, the components listed above.


    7. Engaging parents is essential to improved student achievement. The Board of Education shall foster and support active parent involvement. Parent participation in the education of their children will be supported at various levels of involvement. School parent involvement activities may include annual meetings, regular meetings, training opportunities, coordination with other programs, opportunities for involvement of limited English proficient parents and parents with disabilities, evaluation of parent involvement programs, opportunities to volunteer, participate and observe in class activities, school/parent Title I compact, and school policies.


    8. The Board of Education encourages local businesses to adopt and include as part of their personnel and leave/vacation policies and procedures time for employees who are parents or guardians to attend conferences with their children’s teachers, to attend their children’s school performances and school activities, and to volunteer at WS/FCS schools.


    Adopted: January 1998 Revised: November 2002 & October 2009

    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System

Last Modified on September 26, 2019