The Nye County School District Board of Trustees recognizes that greater parental involvement generally results in higher academic achievement, improved behavior, and reduced absenteeism. Therefore, parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children's education in order to enhance the attitudes, behaviors and achievement of their children.
Parents and families provide the primary educational environment for children. Consequently, parents are vital and necessary partners with the educational communities throughout their children's school career. Although parents come to the schools with diverse cultural backgrounds, primary languages and needs, it is assumed that parents share a common interest in an excellent education for their children. Nye County Schools, in collaboration with parents, teachers, students and administrators, shall develop and promote strategies that enhance parental involvement and reflect the needs of students, parents, and families.
The Nye County School District believes that staff members are willing to communicate with any parent who has a concern regarding the educational process and the educational success of his/her child. The Board of Trustees encourages parents to initiate such contacts.
The Board believes that parents can become involved through:
- Fulfilling basic parental responsibilities for their children's education and social development at home, such as:
- Ensuring that children arrive at school well rested;
- Ensuring that children are appropriately clothed;
- Ensuring that children are well fed;
- Ensuring that dedicated space and time are provided for homework; and signing, returning, complying with, and having children comply with, the Educational Involvement Accord and Code of Honor that are distributed annually
- Working with their children, such as:
- Providing home-based learning activities for their children;
- Showing their children how they, themselves, value education;
- Monitoring homework; and
- Providing tutoring to their children and others.
- Participating in and supporting school events, such as;
- Attending meetings and parent/teacher conferences;
- Attending school programs and sporting events;
- Volunteering time;
- Being a classroom aide;
- Serving as a chaperone for field trips or other school events; and
- Serving as an advisor or decision maker, such as:
- Serving on a committee (School Improvement Plan Team, District Improvement Plan Team, Parent-Teacher Organization, etc.); and
- Helping in the governance of the school as part of a planning an implementation team.
- Being an advocate for the school and its program in the community, such as:
- Vocally supporting efforts to increase school funding;
- Encouragement local businesses to form partnerships with schools, and
- Serving as part of a district-organized committee at community and legislative forums.
In order to enhance parental involvement, six essential elements shall be promoted:
- Communication between Home and School is Regular, Two-Way, and Meaningful. Effective communication requires school-initiated contact with the parent as well as parent-initiated contact with the school so that both parties provide vital information about a child's strengths, challenges, and accomplishments. To communicate effectively, both parties must be aware of and address issues such as cultural diversity, language differences, and special needs. Appropriate steps shall be taken to allow clear communication among participants.
- Responsible Parenting is Promoted and Supported. The family plays a primary role in a child's education, and schools must respect and honor traditions and activities unique to a community's cultural practices and beliefs. School staff shall support positive parenting by respecting and affirming the strengths and skills needed by parents to fulfill their role. Wherever necessary, parents shall be linked to community programs and resources that provide essential support services.
- Parents Play an Integral Role in Assisting Student Learning. Educators shall recognize and acknowledge parents as the integral and primary facilitators of their children's education. Schools shall provide opportunities for parents to learn effective ways to support their children's educational needs, including information on how parents can support student behaviors such as punctuality and regular attendance.
- Schools are Open and Inviting to Parents and Families and Actively Seek Parental Support and Assistance for School Programs. Parents are made to feel safe and welcome in their children's schools and will be invited to volunteer at all educational levels, capitalizing on their skills and interests in order to strengthen the family, school and community partnership.
- Parents are Full Partners in the Decisions that Affect Children and Families. Parents and educators have a mutual responsibility to make informed decisions related to all aspects of the education provided to District students. Schools shall actively enlist parent participation in decision-making. Efforts shall be made to recruit and support participation by parents representing diverse student groups such as Limited English proficient, special needs, gifted and talented, and homeless. The role of parents in shared decision-making shall be continually evaluated, refined, and expanded.
- Community Resources are made available to Strengthen and Promote School Programs, Family Practices and Student Achievement. Schools and parents will cultivate synergistic relationships with additional members of the community in order to identify community resources and innovative programs that increase educational opportunities for children.
A primary goal of Nye County School District is to provide all students with equal access to quality education. It is vital that all partners (parents, educators, businesses and communities) have the opportunity to provide input and offer resources to meet this goal. These partnerships are mutually beneficial. Developing cooperative efforts and linking access to resources will ensure improved academic achievement for all students, as well as quality schools.
If parents would like to see any changes in the above policy, please contact Linda Fitzgibbons, NCSD Parent Involvement Liaison, 775-727-1875