How to Improve School Attendance

A Practical Guide for Schools and School Districts
A Project of the Los Angeles County Education Coordinating Council


Module 3: Parent Involvement—1

Parent Involvement Checklist (Project Appleseed)

Project Appleseed, a national project for public school improvement, has developed a parental involvement checklist (Table 8) that may be a good place to start.

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Table 8

Parents' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (Los Angeles)80

Parents Bill of Rights

 

On December 14, 2010, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education adopted the Parents As Equal Partners in the Edu­cation of Their Children reso­lution, which sought to ex­pand and deepen parent engage­ment through­out the district. The reso­lution specific­ally called for the creation of the first ever parents' bill of rights and re­sponsi­bilities to assist parents and schools in form­ing stronger partner­ships to support student  achieve­ment.

Drafted by the Parents As Equal Partners Task Force in March 2011 and tested by over 250 parents district­wide, the LAUSD Parents' Bill of Rights and Responsi­bilities (its text is repro­duced in Table 9) was adopt­ed by the Board of Education on October 11, 2011.

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ISIS Family Module (Los Angeles) 81

To provide a window into the daily lives of their children, the Los Angeles Unified School Districts offers parents an online tool called the ISIS (Integrated Student Information System) Family Module. Using a computer connected to the Internet, parents can log on at any time of the day to monitor their child's progress in school, accessing information that can help them quickly identify and solve problems that might hinder their child's chances of success.

First piloted in February 2009 at 11 secondary schools, the ISIS Family Module is now available on a voluntary basis to all district elementary, middle, and senior high schools. Parents may view module headings for attendance information and grades (report cards and progress reports) in Armenian, Chinese, English, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, while data is presented in English only.

Square bullet  Monitoring allows parents to:

Square bullet  Talk with their child about attendance or grade issues

Square bullet  Praise efforts and accomplishments

Square bullet  Discuss areas of successful or improvement

Square bullet  Communicate concerns early with teachers or counselors

Square bullet  Actively participate in intervention strategies

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80 Adapted from the Los Angeles Unified School District's Parents' Bill of Rights
81 Adapted from the Los Angeles Unified School District's Family Module