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Family Engagement Policy

The family engagement policy for the current year, followed by link to the downloadable document, below.

Title I, Part A School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

All Title I schools will jointly develop a written parent and family engagement policy with input from and distribution to all parents and family members. This policy describes the means for carrying out designated Title I, Part A parent and family engagement requirements.

Emerson Elementary School

agrees to implement the following engagement practices in keeping with Oakland Unified School District’s Standards for Meaningful Family Engagement:

OUSD Family Engagement Standard 1: Parent/Caregiver Education Program

Families are supported with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level.

The school provides parents with assistance in understanding the state’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve their children's achievement by:

  • Holding Back to School Night and explaining standards/curriculum and achievement.
  • Hosting Parent Teacher Conferences 3x/Year to discuss student achievement.
  • Encouraging all families to attend School Site Council to participate in the goal development and growth of the school.

The school supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement and engage parents in meaningful interactions with the school by:

  • Hosting Teacher-Led Parent Engagement nights.
  • Hosting community building and educational events, like Back to School Night, Family
    Literacy Night, Coffee Chat with the Principal, Black History Celebration

OUSD Family Engagement Standard 2: Communication with Parents and Caregivers

Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.

The school communicates to families about the School Parent and Family Engagement Policy by:

  • Convening an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title I, Part A and to explain the program requirements and the right of parents to be involved.

The school communicates to families about the school’s Title I, Part A programs by

  • Hosting Title 1 Annual Meeting and Sub-Committee for English Language Learners.

The school communicates to families about the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet by:

  • Hosting School Site Council meetings monthly to discuss goals, progress, and academic programs.
  • Hosting Parent Teacher Conferences 3x/Year to discuss student achievement.

The school distributes information related to school and parent programs, meetings, school reports, and other activities to parents in a format and language that the parents understand by:

  • Distributing Family Newsletter regularly, with translation integrated via text, email, and social media. Includes information about upcoming events, programmatic opportunities, and updates on school performance.

OUSD Family Engagement Standard 3: Parent Volunteering Program

Families are actively involved as regular volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs once cleared by The Oakland Ed Fund School Volunteer process.

The school provides opportunities for families to volunteer in classrooms and other school activities by:

  • Encouraging volunteering at Back to School Night, via Newsletter in classrooms, on school committees, field trips, and other community events once cleared through The Oakland Education Fund School Volunteer process.

OUSD Family Engagement Standard 4: Learning at Home

Families are involved with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-linked activities and decisions.

The school provides parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement by:

  • Hosting Parent Teacher Conferences 3x/Year to discuss student achievement.
  • Teachers send regular communication to parents, with guidance on supporting at-home

OUSD Family Engagement Standard 5: Shared Power and Decision Making

Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.

With the assistance of parents, the school educates staff members on the value of parent contributions and how to work with parents as equal partners by:

  • Discussing and integrating family engagement strategies in Professional Learning.
  • Partnering with families regularly and in parent conferences to support the child.

The school provides opportunities for regular meetings with a flexible schedule that allows parents to participate in decisions relating to their children's education by:

  • Multiple options for participating: volunteering, School Site Council, parent conferences, Parent Teacher Association, etc.

The school involves parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I, Part A programs and the School Parent and Family Engagement Policy by:

  • Discussing Title 1 Annual plan early in the year, and revisiting Title 1 programs and impact throughout the year.

The school provides opportunities for the participation of all parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students, by:

  • Providing translation whenever available at School Site Council Meetings.
  • Convening Sub-Committee for English Language Learners.

The school provides support for parent and family engagement activities requested by parents by:

  • Bringing these suggestions to the School Site Council or Parent Teacher Association to integrate ideas and activities accordingly.

OUSD Family Engagement Standard 6: Community Collaboration and Resources

Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups and provide services to the community.

The school coordinates and integrates the Title I, Part A parent and family engagement program with other programs and activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children by:

  • Encouraging families to participate in the School Site Council regularly, in multiple ways.

If a Title I Schoolwide Plan is not satisfactory to parents, a parent can submit any comments on
the plan (SPSA) to the Strategic Resource Planning Office


This policy was adopted by Emerson Elementary on September 7, 2022, and will be in effect for the period August 8, 2022 through May 27, 2023.

The school will distribute this policy to all parents on or before September 30th of the current school year.

Name of Principal

Shawn Stibbins

Download the document