556 Custody and Parental Rights

Disagreements between family members are not the responsibility of the school District. The school District will not take the “side” of one family member over another in a disagreement about custody or parental rights.  Court orders that have been issued are followed by the school District. It is the responsibility of the person requesting an action by the school District to inform and provide the school District the court order allowing such action.

This policy does not prohibit an employee from listening to a student’s problems and concerns.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure employees remain neutral in a disagreement about custody and parental rights.

556.1 Parent and Family Engagement Title I

Parent and family engagement is an important component in a student’s success in school. The board encourages parents and families to become involved in their child’s education to ensure the child’s academic success. The board will:

  1. Involve parents and families in the development of the Title I plan, the process for school review of the plan and the process for improvement;
  2. Provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist and build the capacity of all participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance;
  3. To the extent feasible, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies under Title I with parent and family engagement strategies outlined in other relevant Federal, State, and local laws and programs;
  4. Conduct with the involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of the school served including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I activities (with particular attention to low-income parents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents, parents of any racial or ethnic minority, parents with disabilities and parents with limited literacy);
  5. Use the findings of the annual evaluation to design strategies for more effective parent and family involvement and to revise, as necessary, the parent and family involvement policies; and;
  6. Involve parents and families in Title I activities.

The board will review this policy annually.  The superintendent is responsible for notifying parents and families of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year. The superintendent may develop an administrative process or procedures to implement this policy.