Outcome

8. All parents and families are encouraged, and have the opportunity, to be engaged in the school system (AOF3).

Planning

Schools and their councils set guidelines regarding how all parents and families are to be made welcome in the school.

System leaders discuss and develop strategies to encourage diverse parent and community involvement in the school system.

Schools consult with their school parent council to provide input and inform planning related to equity and inclusive education.

The board consults with its Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and other community committees, where relevant, to provide input into equity and inclusive education planning.

Schools and boards review and share resources to support implementation and build capacity (e.g., Parent Involvement Committee Handbook, CODE Parent Engagement Toolkit).

Effective Practice

The school improvement plan includes strategies for engaging all parents and families in the school and for making them feel welcome.

School councils reflect the diversity of the community and address matters related to equity and inclusive education in their meetings.

School councils support outreach activities to engage parents who may face barriers to engagement.

Schools have programs and resources to assist all parents to become involved in the school and in their children’s education.

Procedures for consultation with parents, families and community are followed when matters of public interest are considered by schools and the board.

Integration

All schools and departments encourage, value and support parent, family and community engagement in the school system.

All committees and forums for parent and community engagement at the school and board level reflect diversity of community participation.

All procedures for parent and community engagement in school and system activities are understood, and are regarded as friendly and welcoming by all parents, families and members of the community.

Feedback on parent and community engagement in school and system activities is regularly collected and used for future planning.

Outcome

9. Information about the board, its schools, programs and services is available in a variety of formats for all parents, families and communities (AOF3).

Planning

Plans are in place to ensure effective communication of instructional activities, school and board policies, programs, procedures and services with parents, families and communities.

Effective Practice

Information for parents, families and communities about instructional activities, school and board policies, programs, procedures and services is provided in clear language, in a timely manner, and translated where necessary into the diverse languages of the community.

Interpreters are provided for parent teacher conferences, school community meetings and board consultation forums, where needed.

Integration

Parents, families and communities have regular opportunities to provide response to the information provided to them by schools and the board.

A variety of oral, written, and electronic communication methods are used to facilitate two-way communication with parents, families and communities.

Outcome

10. Diverse communities are engaged in the school system and receive support to become engaged (AOF3).

Planning

Resources to support engagement and partnerships with diverse parents and communities are identified and made available to schools and departments.

Effective Practice

Programs and resources are provided to help diverse parents and communities become engaged in the school system.

Schools draw upon parent, family and community leadership in schools and at the board level; participation and engagement reflect the diversity of the community.

Integration

Schools and community agencies work together to establish support programs for parents, families and communities.

School and system leaders know and understand the diversity within the school and board communities, and support staff in reaching out to these communities to develop partnerships with the school that meet the needs of all students.