Schools do well involving parents

May 13, 1997

Washington County is already doing a lot of the things recommended in new National PTA standards, County PTA President Teri Williamson told school officials Tuesday.

It's just not measuring them, she said.

Williamson made a presentation on the new standards for family involvement programs to the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night.

The six standards and their "quality indicators" are voluntary guidelines designed to strengthen involvement on behalf of children in schools and other programs, Williamson said.

The standards are:

  • Making communication between home and school regular, two-way and meaningful.
  • Promoting and supporting parenting skills.
  • Emphasizing the integral role parents play in assisting student learning.
  • Making sure parents are welcome in the school and that their support and assistance are sought.
  • Making parents full partners in the decisions that affect families and children.
  • Using community resources to strengthen schools, families and student learning.
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