Back To School: Getting Involved

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Last Updated: Monday, July 26, 2010

Being involved in your children's education helps them do well in school and improves the quality of your school. Here are some suggestions on how to get started. Find the time to get involved—it makes a difference!

1. Take your child to school on the first day.
2. Let your child know that school is important. Be sure to ask questions about homework and set up a quiet place for your child to work.
3. Read everything that is sent home from school: report cards, homework assignments, school lunch plans, and vacation and bus schedules. Show your child that you are well informed.
4. Get to know your child's teachers and school principal by attending school meetings and parent-teacher conferences.
5. Ask for copies of school policies (e.g., attendance and discipline). If there is something you do not understand, ask questions.
6. Volunteer to help with school activities. Attend sports events, assist with fundraisers, or volunteer to work in the school office.
7. Visit your child's classroom when class is in session, not just at parent-teacher conferences. Set this up in advance with the school office and the teacher.
8. Talk to other parents. If there is a parent organization, join it. If there is no parent organization at your school, think about starting one. Finding two or three other interested parents is a good start.
9. Encourage your child to read at home. Visit local libraries or used book mobiles, school libraries, or book fairs to pick out books together. Pick out books for each other to read.
10. Being involved in a child's education is just as important for stepparents, grandparents, and other adults who care for a child.
11. Invite stepparents, grandparents, and other adults who care for your child to participate in school activities.
12. Your actions, not just your words, make an impression that will last a lifetime.

Source: Florida Department of Education