Michael Martin, Director of Schools
Van Buren County Schools
Family and Community Involvement Plan
The Van Buren County School District has always valued and encouraged assistance in the important endeavor of educating this community’s youth. We realize the critical role that family involvement plays in helping students achieve their greatest potential. Family and community input is invited and encouraged so that the partnership between home and school is strengthened. There are many levels of involvement in the educational process. In the Van Buren County School District, we work hard at finding ways for everyone to play a role.
Utilizing all of its resources to implement the Family-Community Involvement Plan, the Van Buren County School District will strive to develop and promote activities that enrich meaningful involvement. The cultivation of involvement will be based on the identified needs of students, families and this community. It is common knowledge that when parents and community stakeholders support education the following student results are evident:
Ø Improved attendance;
Ø Increased motivation and better self-esteem;
Ø Higher grades, test scores and graduation rates;
Ø Decreased usage of drugs and alcohol;
Ø Fewer instances of violent behavior; and
Ø Fewer suspensions from school.
Family involvement means everything from helping your child with homework on a daily basis to volunteering in your child’s school. We encourage family involvement from preschool through grade 12.
Family Input in Developing the Family Involvement Plan
The following actions will take place to ensure family and community involvement in the development and revision of this plan:
Providing Assistance to Schools and Other Support for Parents
Van Buren County Schools will coordinate technical assistance and other support to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities by:
Communication with Families
In order to improve communication between the home and school, we will attempt to inform parents about school programs and student progress by:
Family Involvement Activities
In order to build a strong relationship with families and schools, efforts will be made to recruit and organize family help and support for the school and individual classrooms by:
Development of Family and Community Capacity
The Van Buren County School District will work to broaden the support system for families and the community by:
· Providing parents with materials and training to help them work with their child
· Encouraging administrators and staff members to reach out, communicate and work with parents as equal partners
· Coordinate parent involvement activities with other community resources and programs
· Maintain our partnership with Head Start to assist in the transition process from Head Start into the mainstream school system
· Helping to educate families on the state’s achievement standards; NCLB requirements; Title I, Part A requirements; and how to monitor their child’s progress
· Involving parents and community members in school improvement planning
Collaborating with the Community
Community resources will be used to strengthen schools, families and student learning by:
Annual Evaluation of the Family Involvement Plan
The Van Buren County School District will conduct an annual evaluation of the family involvement plan at the end of each school year. The evaluation shall specifically look at barriers to parent involvement, level of parent involvement, and strategies to increase involvement of parents from all population segments. The evaluation shall comprise parent surveys and parent forum discussions. The district shall use information gathered from the evaluations to revise and update the actions and strategies to achieve a greater level of parent involvement.
Continuous Improvement Philosophy
In keeping with the Van Buren County School District’s on-going commitment to continuous improvement, this facet of the district’s endeavors will benefit from:
Formalization of what had been occurring for many years in the Van Buren County School District is important and will only heighten our efforts. This Family and Community Involvement Plan will help us to continue to make a difference in the lives of students, their families and this community.