Family Engagement

Bus Parents InvolvementFamilies and school staff work together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of students. Family engagement with schools is a shared responsibility of both school staff and families. School staff are committed to making families feel welcomed, engaging families in a variety of meaningful ways, and sustaining family engagement. Families are committed to actively supporting their child’s learning and development. This relationship between school staff and families cuts across and reinforces student health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community. Family engagement should be continuous across a child’s life and requires an ongoing commitment as children mature into young adulthood.

Parent engagement in schools can promote positive health behaviors among children and adolescents. For example, students who feel supported by their parents are less likely to experience emotional distress, practice unhealthy eating behaviors, consider or attempt suicide, or disengage from school and learning. In addition, school efforts to promote health among students have been shown to be more successful when parents are involved. For instance, studies have shown that when parents volunteer at their children’s school, the likelihood of their children initiating smoking decreases, and the likelihood of their children meeting the guidelines for physical activity increases. In addition, interventions with a parent engagement component have been shown to increase positive health behaviors such as children’s school-related physical activity.

Online Resources

Action for Healthy Kid’s Parent Toolkit resources to become an effective school health champion and volunteer. Get ideas, build community support, plan a project and share your success! Resources are available in English and Spanish

The Orange County Council of PTAs & PTSAs is a dedicated volunteer team of parents/guardians, teachers, students, and community partners that unifies and strengthens local PTA & PTSA units, and creates a public opinion favorable to the interests and welfare of all children and youth.

OCPS’s Parent Accademy is a district-wide initiative designed to enhance student achievement through the support of community and family involvement. Through the Parent Academy classes, OCPS provides FREE parental development skill-building workshops, specialized parental support, educational events, and activities for families throughout the school year. The Parent Academy offers a variety of courses for parents and the community members ranging from academic support, health care, to emotional and financial management.