Each family of a child or children enrolled in SDCCS is encouraged to make a deep commitment to the school that directly supports students and the mission of the school. As a parent cooperative we are often asked how parents volunteer and to what extent. We encourage parents to log hours so we can quantitatively reflect our volunteer efforts as we describe how our community works. Volunteer opportunities may take place during school hours or on evenings or weekends. Some school volunteer opportunities will take place at the school site, some will occur on field trips, some at home.
Volunteering in the classroom during the school day requires a recent negative TB test on file.
Our cooperative is built around parent engagement. Being an active community member means staying informed. Parents can get involved and learn about their child’s school experience by attending school meetings and participating in school events. Taking advantage of these opportunities allows parents to partake in one of the great benefit of a parent cooperative: meeting likeminded parents who desire a higher standard of education for their children. At picnics and class meetings, workshops and Parent Staff Association meetings, parents are able to network with a ready-made pool of people with whom they share a devotion to their children and a commitment to developing them into well-rounded human beings. Parents who support each other and learn from each other are able to be better parents, which in turn helps children thrive and succeed in school and out.
The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools (SDCCS) strongly believe that parent involvement is key to student’s success, and parents are welcomed partners in the learning environment. However, no parent involvement plan or policy shall require mandatory service from parents, and under no circumstances shall any student suffer any adverse consequences, including without limitation, denial of admission or readmission based upon a parent’s level of service to or other contribution to the school.
Parent Involvement Policy
The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools (SDCCS) strongly believe that parent involvement is key to student’s success, and parents are welcomed partners in the learning environment However, no parent involvement plan or policy shall require mandatory service from parents, and under no circumstances shall any student suffer any adverse consequences, including without limitation, denial of admission or readmission based upon a parent’s level of service to or other contribution to the school.
The SDCCS Board of Directors recognizes that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. Sustained parent involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment.
The site Principal or designee shall work with staff and parents to develop meaningful opportunities at all grade-levels for parents to be involved in school activities; advisory, decision-making and advocacy roles; and activities to support learning at home.
Parents shall be notified of their rights to be informed about and to participate in their children’s education and of the opportunities available to do so.
The Superintendent shall regularly evaluate and report to the Board on the effectiveness of the district’s parent involvement efforts including, but not limited to, input from parents and school staff on the adequacy of parent involvement opportunities and barriers that may inhibit parent participation.
We recognize that every parent is able to be involved at different levels due to such circumstances as family, work, health, and even cultural reasons. The definition of parent involvement that SDCCS values above all else is parental engagement with their student’s learning and growth. Therefore, two levels of parent involvement both formal and informal will be made available to parents.
Level I. Required:
- Commitment and willingness to adhere and support all SDCCS policies
- Two-way communication between the school and home regarding the education and well-being of the student
Level II. Encouraged:
- Volunteering in at least one of the many opportunities across the campuses
- Participating in parent-teacher meetings
- Attending school curriculum events, such as Project Nights
- Attending parent information workshops
- Joining the Parent Staff Association (PSA)
Every attempt will be made to accommodate parents to allow them to participate in some capacity at the school according to their schedules and interests. Parents will be surveyed annually as to what volunteer areas are of interest to them and for which they are best suited.
The Superintendent shall work with site Principals to ensure that the SDCCS parent involvement strategies are jointly developed with and agreed upon by parents of students. The site Principal or designee shall also consult with parents in the planning and implementation of parent involvement programs, activities, and policies.
Teachers, room parents and our volunteer coordinator can help guide parents toward a rewarding and impactful volunteer effort that is right for you. See the Help Wanted board for details.