Union School District stands behind the belief that parents/guardians are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that sustained parent involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment. The mission of the Union School District is to enrich the community through learning by encouraging and facilitating the active participation of parents and community in the conduct of our mission.
What is parental involvement under No Child Left Behind?
Parental involvement always has been a centerpiece of Title I. The statute defines parental involvement as the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring that:
- Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
- Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
- Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child; and
- Other activities are carried out, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA (Parental Involvement) [Section 9101(32), ESEA]
Home and School Club
Each Union School District school is supported by dedicated parent volunteers and very active Home and School Clubs. These groups organize fundraising events, support teachers, administrators, the office staff, and students in numerous ways. Visit your school's web site or office to see how you can get involved.
School Site Council
School Site Councils are active in each of our schools and is an elected decision-making group comprised of parents and staff who represent our schools and community in an advisory postion. The Council annually reviews the Comprehensive Safe School Plan (CSSP) and Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), as well as achievement data and parent survey. It provides a venue for parents to learn more about the programs at Alta Vista and serve in an advisory capacity to the principal and school.
District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)
The District English Language Advisory Council (DELAC) is a group of representative parents from our elementary and middle schools whose children are English Learners. The DELAC's purpose is to advise the district governing board on programs and services available for their students in order to achieve academic success. We also provide topics of interest for EL parents to further our parent educational outreach. All EL parents are welcome to attend these informational meetings held three time during the school year. Meeting dates and topics are posted on our English Learner webpage.
School Specific Volunteer and Involvement:
Check with your home school to find out more about the volunteer opportunities and other ways you can be involved in your child's education.