Family & Community Involvement
Children thrive when families are engaged in their educational life. Research accumulated over more than three decades irrefutably demonstrates that children whose families are involved in their child’s education tend to have higher SAT scores, better grades, a higher rate of high school completion and a more positive school experience.
Being There for Your Child
Years ago the phrase “family involvement” meant school volunteering. In today's fast-paced society where often both parents hold jobs outside the home, that definition has changed. Parent participation in even one of the following facets can improve student achievement:
Communicate with the teacher about your child’s progress and school work.
- Understand child development stages and ways to support learning at each grade level and age.
- Help children with learning at home through homework, goal setting and other school-related activities
- Volunteer in your child’s class or school.
- Participate on school committees and councils to help with school decisions.
More Ways to Be Involved
FCPS offers families many additional ways to be involved and excellent resources for working with the youngest child to the high school student.
- Our Sailing through the System program introduces the school system to the family.
- The FCPS Raising the Sails program can elevate a parent/guardian’s leadership skills.
- Your local Parent Teacher Association (opens in new window) offers a variety of leadership opportunities.
- School Improvement Teams include parents, guardians and community members.
- FCPS often needs parents or guardians to serve on countywide committees.
If you wish to explore any of these options or if you have any questions or comments, please contact your child’s school or the Family & Community Involvement teacher specialist listed on the right.
Related Board Policies and Regulations
- Policy 112 - Promoting a Drug-Free, Alcohol-Free and Tobacco-Free Environment
- Policy 318 - Sexual Harassment
- Policy 413 - Family/Community Partnership
- Regulation 400-86 - Volunteers in Schools
- Regulation 200-29 - School Security and Facility Access
- Regulation 400-47 - Reporting Abuse and Neglect
- Regulation 400-05 - Field Trips and Overnight Travel Study Programs
- Regulation 300-39 - Weapon Possession on School Property
- Regulation 400-20 - Student Records
- Regulation 200-23 - Bloodborne Pathogen Control Plan
- Regulation 300-33 - Criminal Background Investigations