|Question||Department / Office||Phone|
|Contact your child’s principal.||See school directory||Constituent Services|
|Contact your child’s principal or vice-principal||See school directory||Dress Code and Discipline Policies|
|Contact your child’s school.||See school directory||Dress Code and Discipline Policies|
|Transfers Office||(559) 248-7538||Enrollment, Attendance, and Transfers|
|Health Services||(559) 457-3294||Enrollment, Attendance, and Transfers|
|Early Learning||(559) 457-3416||Enrollment, Attendance, and Transfers|
|Early Learning||(559) 457-3682||Enrollment, Attendance, and Transfers|
|Contact your child’s school for volunteer opportunities. Fingerprinting is located at: Parent University 850 N. Blackstone Ave. Fresno, CA 93701||See school directory||Parent Notification and Family Engagement|
|Parent University 850 N. Blackstone Ave. Fresno, CA 93701||(559) 457-3390||Parent Notification and Family Engagement|
|Contact your child’s school or State and Federal Programs.||(559) 457-3934||Parent Notification and Family Engagement|
|Food Services||(559) 457-6250||School Meal Services|
|Contact your child's principal or vice principal.||See school directory||School Safety|
|Contact your child's school or Transportation.||See school directory or (559) 457-3138.||School Safety|
|Contact your child's principal or vice principal||See school directory||School Safety|
|Contact your child’s teacher or English Learner Services.||(559) 457-3928||Student Learning|
|Contact your child’s school.||See school directory||Student Learning|
|Contact your child’s school to speak to a counselor.||See school directory||Student Learning|
|Contact your child’s school.||See school directory||Student Learning|
|Contact your child’s teacher.|
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Rights and Responsibilities
Rights of Students
- To attend school unless removed under due process as specified in the Education Code;
- To attend school in a secure academic and social climate, free of fear and violence;
- To enjoy the full benefit of their teachers’ efforts, even in the presence of a disruptive student;
- To have ready access to a designated teacher/advisor;
- To examine personal records upon reaching age sixteen (16); and
- To be fully informed of school rules and regulations.
Responsibilities of Students
- To attend school and classes regularly and on time;
- To be prepared for class with appropriate materials and work;
- To know and obey school rules and regulations;
- To respect the rights of school personnel, fellow students, and the public in general; and
- To demonstrate pride in the appearance of school buildings and grounds.
Rights of Parents/Guardians
- To expect that their child will spend time at school in a safe, wholesome, stimulating atmosphere engaged in productive activity under the care and direction of a dedicated staff;
- To have assurance that school personnel will at no time preempt parental prerogative;
- To be informed of District policies, school rules, and regulations; and
- To review their child’s record with a certificated staff member providing assistance.
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians
- To visit school periodically to participate in conferences with teachers, counselors, or administrators regarding the academic and behavioral status of their child;
- To provide supportive action by making sure that their child has enough sleep, adequate nutrition, and appropriate clothing before coming to school;
- To maintain consistent and adequate control over their child and to approve of reasonable control measures as applied by school personnel;
To cooperate with the school in bringing about improvements designed to enhance the educational program offered to students;
To provide the school with current information regarding legal address, phone, medical data, and other facts which may help the school to serve their child; and
To become familiar with District policies and school rules and regulations.
Rights of Teachers
- To expect and receive the attention, effort, and participation of the students attending their classes;
- To have parental and administrative backing when enforcing rules designed to provide an optimum learning climate;
- To teach with interruptions held to an absolute minimum regardless of the cause or source; and
- To enjoy the same level of respect and courteous treatment accorded members of the class individually and collectively.
Responsibilities of Teachers
- To consider the personal worth of each individual student as a single, unique, important human being;
- To attempt to equip each learner with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required for successful living;
- To hold students accountable for their actions at all times;
- To assess divergent ideas, opinions, and expressions objectively, and deal with them in a balanced, unbiased manner;
- To keep parents/guardians and students informed with timely or periodic reports, including all pertinent data related to the student’s school experience;
- To consistently critique their own performance with the objective of an ever-growing professional stature; and
- To initiate and enforce individual classroom rules consistent with school and District policies.
Rights of Administrators
- To initiate such control measures as needed to establish and maintain an environment in which optimum learning and teaching conditions prevail;
- To make decisions on all issues confronting schools, primarily on the basis of what is best for the students;
- To hold students accountable for their conduct, and to take prompt and appropriate action toward those guilty of violations; and
- To expect that all school employees recognize and fulfill their roles in terms of campus control.
Responsibilities of Administrators
- To provide leadership that will establish, encourage, and promote good teaching and effective learning;
- To establish, publicize, and enforce school rules that facilitate effective learning and promote attitudes and habits of good citizenship among the students;
- To request assistance from the District’s support services, and community agencies and resources in all cases indicating such action; and
- To make a determined effort to stay attuned to expressions of student, staff, parent/guardian, community concerns and to react with sensitivity toward them.
Parent’s Right to Know
The Governing Board recognizes that notifications are essential to effective communication between the school and the home. The Superintendent or designee shall send students and parents/guardians all notifications required by law, including notifications about their legal rights, and any other notifications he/she believes will promote parental understanding and involvement.
For the most current parental notifications, please visit the district website at https://www.fresnounified.org/sites/board/policies/Documents/5145-6-E-Parental-Notifications.pdf
Time and Means of Parent/Guardian Notification
Parent & Student Notification and Information Handbook shall be sent at the time of registration for the first semester or quarter of the regular school term. The notice may be sent by regular mail or by any other method normally used to communicate with the parents/guardians in writing.
Signature; Return to School; Effect of Signature
The notice shall be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the school. Signature of the notice is an acknowledgment by the parent/guardian that he/she has been informed of his/her rights but does not indicate that consent to participate in any particular program has either been given or withheld.
U.S.C., Title 42, Chap. 21, Sub Chap. V, Sec. 2000d Parts 1-7; B.P. 0410, B.P. 5146, B.P. 6145, B.P. 6145.2
The Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, marital, pregnancy or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
“That no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, handicap, religion, or sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (U.S.C., Title 29, Sec. 794), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (U.S.C., Title 20, Sec. 1681 et seq.), Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (U.S.C., Title 42, Sec. 6101 et seq.), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (U.S.C., Title 42, Sec. 2000d et seq.)
Employment: Fresno Unified is an equal opportunity employer.
Students: Fresno Unified extra-curricular activities and interscholastic athletics are committed to equal access for all students, absolutely prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, and will enforce equal rights and opportunities for all students. C.F.R., Title 34, Sec. 106.9; U.S.C., Title 20, Chap. 38, Sec. 1681-1688
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
“No person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
“No student or applicant for enrollment will be subject to discrimination on the basis of that student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy and/or recovery there from.”
Student-Parent programs are available. For information contact: The Early Learning Office at 457-3682.
E.C. 35178.4; B.P. 6190
A School Board shall give official notice at a regularly scheduled School Board meeting if a public school within the District that has elected to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or any other chartered accrediting agency loses its accreditation status. If a school loses its accreditation status, the school district shall notify each parent/guardian of the pupils in the school that the school has lost its accreditation status, in writing, and this notice shall indicate the potential consequences of the school’s loss of accreditation status.
School Accountability Report Card
E.C. 35256; B.P. 0510
Requires notification to parents/guardians that a copy will be provided upon request. Copy of School Accountability Report Card for Fresno Unified Schools can be obtained via the Internet at:
http://www.fresnounified.org or by requesting a paper copy from any school office. E.C. 33126
Overdue, Damaged, or Lost Instructional Materials
E.C. 48904.3; B.P. 6161.2
The Governing Board recognizes that instructional materials are an expensive resource. Instructional materials provided for use by students remain the property of the district. When property of the district is lent to students, the Governing Board expects that it shall be returned in a timely manner, with no more than usual wear and tear. If the property has been willfully cut, defaced, or otherwise damaged, or if the student refuses to return it at the request of a district employee, the district shall afford the student his/her due process rights and subsequently may withhold the student’s grades, diploma, and transcripts until the student or parent/guardian has paid all damages. As provided by law, the parent/guardian of a minor shall be liable for all damages caused by the minor’s misconduct. If the parent/guardian or student is unable to pay for the damages or return the property, the district shall provide a program of voluntary work for the student to do instead. When the work is done, the student’s grades, transcripts, and diploma shall be released.
Continuous School Program
E.C. 37616; B.P. 6117
Prior to implementing a continuous school program in any school of the district, the school district governing board shall consult in good faith in an effort to reach agreement with the certificated and classified employees of the school, with the parents/guardians of pupils who would be affected by the change, and with the community at large. Such consultation shall include at least one (1) public hearing for which the board has given adequate notice to the employees and to the parents/guardians of pupils affected.
In school districts where a continuous school program is implemented in fewer than all of the schools maintained by the school district, the Governing Board of such a school district shall make every reasonable effort to assign certificated employees who prefer the regular school schedule to schools of the same level retaining the regular school schedule.
Availability of Course Prospectus
E.C. 49063, 49091.14; A.R. 5020
Each school site shall make available, upon request, a copy of the prospectus for each course, including the titles, descriptions and instructional aims of the course. You have the right as a parent to request a meeting to review instructional materials and discuss the curriculum of your student’s course. (EC 49063 and 49091.14 and No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232h (c) and (d).)
Right to Refrain From Harmful or Destructive Use of Animals
E.C. 32255-32255.6; B.P. 5145.8
Students shall have the right to refrain from participation in activities, which they feel constitute harmful and destructive use of animals. A teacher may, if the teacher believes it possible, develop an alternative educational program for helping the student obtain the knowledge, information or experience. Agricultural programs are exempt from this mandate.
Primary Prevention Program
Parents/Guardians shall be given notice of, and may refuse to have their children participate in, a primary prevention program.
Grade/Credit Cannot Be Reduced
E.C. 48205, 48980 (j); B.P. 6154
Grade/Credit cannot be reduced due to excused absence if work or test has been completed.
E.C. 48070-48070.5; A.R. 5123
Each year, students in grades K-8 are assessed to determine if they have achieved minimum levels for promotion. Failing students are classified as at-risk of retention or as candidates for retention. Parents/Guardians of these students are notified as soon as possible and parents/guardians have the right to conference with the teacher.
At-risk students and candidates for retention are entitled to attend supplemental instruction such as Summer School, but parents/guardians may refuse the service. Parents/Guardians have the right to be actively involved in the development of these supplemental instructional programs.
Students who are candidates for retention are retained at the end of the school year unless they raise their level of achievement to minimum levels or the teacher determines that retention is not appropriate. If a teacher decides to retain a candidate, the parent/guardian has the right to appeal the retention to the Assistant Superintendent. Parents/Guardians have the option to submit a letter with their objections if the retention is not overturned through the appeal process. B.P. 5123; A.R. 5123
Student in Danger of Failing a Course
E.C. 49067 (a); A.R. 5121
The Governing Board of each school district shall prescribe regulations requiring the evaluation of each student’s achievement for each marking period and requiring a conference with, or a written report to, the parent/guardian of each student whenever it becomes evident to the teacher that the student is in danger of failing a course. The refusal of the parent/guardian to attend the conference, or to respond to the written report, shall not preclude failing the student at the end of the grading period.
U.S.C., Title 20, Sec. 1232 (h); E.C. 51513; A.R. 5022
No test, questionnaire, survey, or examination containing any questions about the pupil’s personal beliefs or practices in sex, family life, morality, and religion, or any questions about the pupil’s parents’/guardians’ beliefs and practices in sex, family life, morality, and religion, shall be administered to any pupil in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, unless the parent/guardian of the pupil is notified in writing that this test, questionnaire, survey, or examination is to be administered and the parent/guardian of the pupil gives written permission for the pupil to take this test, questionnaire, survey, or examination.
Pupils: School Building
The Governing Board of each school district shall notify in writing the parent/guardian of each high school pupil who attends a special program on a University of California, or California State University campus building, prior to the pupil’s attendance on that campus. The notification is to state the student is considered a pupil of that campus, and the campus buildings are not considered to be held to the same standard as elementary or secondary schools.
Religious Expression in the Schools
Public schools may not inculcate or inhibit religion. Schools must be places where religion and religious conviction are treated with fairness and respect. The District upholds the First Amendment when it protects the religious liberty rights of students of all faiths and students who profess no faith. Schools also demonstrate fairness when they ensure that the curriculum includes study about religion, where appropriate, as an important part of a complete education.
The Governing Board recognizes that students’ education would be incomplete without an understanding of the role of religion in history. It is both proper and important for teachers to objectively discuss the influences of various religions, using religious words and symbols to illustrate their relationship with society, literature, or the arts. The Board expects that such instruction will identify principles common to many religions and foster respect for the multiple creeds practiced by the peoples of the world.
In order to respect each student’s individual right to freedom of religious practice, religious indoctrination is forbidden in public schools. Instruction about religion must not favor, promote, or demean the beliefs or customs of any particular religion or sect, or those who hold no religious beliefs. Staff should be highly sensitive to their obligation not to interfere with the religious development of any student in whatever tradition the student embraces.
Staff shall not endorse, encourage, or solicit religious or antireligious expression or activities among students. They shall not lead students in prayer or participate in student-initiated prayer. However, staff shall not prohibit or discourage any student from praying or otherwise expressing his/her religious belief as long as this does not disrupt the classroom or the educational environment; nor shall staff make any student a captive audience to prayer.
Students may express their beliefs about religion in their homework, artwork, and other written and oral reports if the expression is germane to the assignment. Such work shall be judged by ordinary academic standards, free of discrimination based on religious content.
Instruction which is contrary to a student’s religious beliefs and teaching may be optional for the student in accordance with the Education Code or at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.
Religious Training and Beliefs
(a) If any part of a school’s instruction in health conflicts with the religious training and beliefs of a parent or guardian of a pupil, the pupil, upon written request of the parent or guardian, shall be excused from the part of the instruction that conflicts with the religious training and beliefs.
(b) For purposes of this section, “religious training and beliefs” includes personal moral convictions.
Religious expression in public schools involves a careful balancing of free speech rights and the right to free exercise of religion without promoting or establishing religion. In order to provide guidance to school staff in the balancing of these competing interests, the Board directs the administration to develop a regulation that provides general guidance regarding religious expression in the schools consistent with this policy, existing law, existing District regulations, and the U.S. Secretary of Education’s General Guidance Regarding Religious Expression in Public Schools.
Staff Development/Testing/Early Dismissal
Parents will be notified in advance of the dates of any staff development, testing, and early dismissal days.
Schedule of Minimum Days
E.C. 48980 (c); B.P. 6111
Every school will provide a schedule of minimum days at the beginning of each school year. When minimum days are scheduled after the beginning of the school year, parents/guardians must be notified one (1) month before the scheduled minimum day.
Contents of Notice
If any activity covered by the sections set forth in Section 48980 will be undertaken by the school during the forthcoming school term, the notice shall state that fact, and shall also state the approximate date upon which any of such activities will occur.
Activities Prohibited Unless Notice Given
NO school district shall undertake any activity covered by the sections set forth in Section 48980 with respect to any particular pupil unless the parent/guardian has been informed of such action pursuant to this article or has received separate special notification.
To substantiate your child’s moral objection to dissecting, destroying or otherwise harming animals as part of an education project. Teachers of courses utilizing dead animals or animal parts will inform students of their right to object to participate in a particular project involving the harmful or destructive use of animals. Your written note attesting to your child’s objection may, at the teacher’s option, entitle your child to participate in an alternative education project or to be excused from the project altogether. (Ed. Code 32255-32255.6)
You have the right as a parent: To be informed, in writing, of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education and research on student health behaviors planned for the coming year. To inspect the written and audiovisual education materials used for this instruction and to request a copy of Education Code sections 51930-51939. To be informed whether this instruction will be taught by school district personnel or by outside consultants. To request in writing that your child be excused from all or part of any comprehensive sexual health education, HIV/AIDS prevention education or assessments related to that education. This notice does not apply to human reproductive organs that may appear in physiology, biology, zoology, general science, personal hygiene, or health text books, adopted pursuant to law. (Ed. Code 51937, 51938, 51939 and 48980). Additional Information, policies or notices will be provided when such activity takes place or before the particular subject is taught.
KNOW YOUR EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS
Fresno Unified promotes a safe and secure learning environment for all. Additional language that was recently added to the parent ‘Know Your Educational Rights’ includes an update regarding rights to file a complaint:
Your child has the right to report a hate crime or file a complaint to the school district if he or she is discriminated against, harassed, intimidated, or bullied on the basis of his or her actual or perceived nationality, ethnicity, or immigration status.
The Governing Board recognizes that early marriage, pregnancy or parenting may disrupt students’ education and increase the chance of a student dropping out of school. The Board therefore desires to provide a comprehensive, continuous, community-linked program for pregnant and parenting students and their children that reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of the community. The Board also desires to support married, pregnant and parenting students to continue their education, attain strong academic and parenting skills and promote the healthy development of their children.
The district shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of the student’s marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery. (Education Code 230; 34 CFR 106.40)
For school-related purposes, a student under the age of 18 years who enters into a valid marriage shall have all the rights and privileges of students who are 18 years old, even if the marriage has been dissolved. (Family Code 7002)
Education and Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Pregnant and parenting students shall retain the right to participate in any comprehensive school or educational alternative program. The classroom setting shall be the preferred instructional strategy unless an alternative is necessary to meet the needs of the student and/or his/her child.
Any education program or activity that is offered separately to pregnant students, including any class or extracurricular activity, shall be equal to that offered to other district students. A student’s participation in such programs shall be voluntary. (5 CCR 4950)
Pregnant or parenting students may be excused for absences related to confidential medical appointments in accordance with BP/AR 5113 – Absences and Excuses.
The Superintendent or designee shall grant a student a leave of absence due to pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, and related recovery for as long as it is deemed medically necessary by a physician. At the conclusion of the leave, the student shall be reinstated to the status held when the leave began. (34 CFR 106.40)
Pregnant and parenting student may request exemption from attendance because of personal services that must be rendered to a dependent.
When necessary, the district shall provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant and parenting students to enable them to access the educational program.
A pregnant student shall have access to any services available to other students with temporary disabilities or medical conditions. (34 CFR 106.40) (cf. 6183 – Home and Hospital Instruction)
The school shall provide reasonable accommodations to any lactating student to express breast milk, breastfeed an infant child, or address other needs related to breastfeeding. A student shall not incur an academic penalty for using any of these reasonable accommodations, and shall be provided the opportunity to make up any work missed due to such use. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to: (Education Code 222)
Access to a private and secure room, other than a restroom, to express breast milk or breastfeed an infant child
Permission to bring onto a school campus a breast pump and any other equipment used to express breast milk
Access to a power source for a breast pump or any other equipment used to express breast milk
Access to a place to store expressed breast milk safely
A reasonable amount of time to accommodate the student’s need to express breast milk or breastfeed an infant child
Any complaint of discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or marital or parental status shall be addressed through the district’s uniform complaint procedures in accordance with 5 CCR 4600-4687 and BP/AR 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures.
Any complaint alleging district noncompliance with the requirements to provide reasonable accommodations for lactating students also may be filed in accordance with the district’s procedures in AR 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures. A complainant who is not satisfied with the district’s decision may appeal the decision to the California Department of Education (CDE) (Education Code 222; 5 CCR 4600-4687)
The Superintendent or designee shall periodically report to the Board regarding the effectiveness of district strategies to support married, pregnant, and parenting students, which may include data on participation rates in district programs and services, academic achievement, school attendance, graduation rate, and/or student feedback on district programs and services.
The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with the County Superintendent of Schools and other community agencies and organizations to ensure that appropriate education and related support services are available to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens and their children.
Pregnant and parenting students retain the right to participate in any comprehensive school or educational alternative programs. School placement and instructional strategies for participating students shall be based on the needs and learning styles of individual students. The classroom setting shall be the preferred instructional strategy unless an alternative is necessary to meet the needs of the individual student and/or child. (Education Code 54745)
In addition to providing a quality academic program for pregnant and parenting students, the district’s program shall provide a parenting education and life skills class, special school nutrition supplements for pregnant and lactating students, and a child care and development program on or near the school site for the children of enrolled students. The district’s program may provide other support services authorized by Education Code 54746 as necessary to meet the needs of students and their children. (Education Code 54745)
As appropriate, teachers, administrators, and/or other personnel who work with pregnant and parenting students shall receive related professional development.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that age-appropriate, culturally and community sensitive instruction and services are available to assist in the prevention of pregnancy among minors. The district’s program shall be based on strategies that have proven effective in delaying the onset of sexual activity and reducing the incidence of pregnancy among school-age youth. Instruction shall include information regarding the consequences of pregnancy upon both the mother and father, including the effect upon future educational and employment opportunities; the meaning of parental responsibility and its effect upon one’s personal life; strategies for resisting peer group pressure; and abstinence as a method of pregnancy prevention. Such instruction may be incorporated into health and social science classes or other appropriate courses in accordance with the requirements for those courses.
Parent Involvement Policy
State Board of Education Policy #89-01
A critical dimension of effective schooling is parent involvement. Research has shown conclusively that parent and family involvement at home and in their children’s education, improves student achievement. Furthermore, when parents are involved at school, their children perform better academically and are better prepared for higher education and beyond.
- Families provide the primary educational environment.
- Parent involvement improves student achievement.
- Parent involvement is most effective when it is comprehensive, supportive, long-lasting, and well planned.
- The benefits of parent involvement are not limited to early childhood or the elementary level; there are continuing positive effects through high school and beyond.
- Involving parents in supporting their children’s education at home is not enough. To ensure the quality of schools as institutions serving the community, parents must be involved at all levels in the schools.
- The extent of parent involvement in a child’s education is more important to student success than family income or parent education.
- We cannot look at the school and the home in isolation from one another; families and schools need to collaborate to help children adjust to the world of school. This is particularly critical for children from families with different cultural and language backgrounds.
Fresno Unified Parent Involvement Policy
B.P. /A.R. 6020
The Governing Board recognizes that parents/guardians and family are their children’s first and most influential teachers and that sustained parent involvement in the education of their children contributes greatly to student achievement and a positive school environment. Parents/guardians and family can directly affect academic success by reinforcing their children’s motivation and commitment to education. Although parents/guardians are diverse in culture, language, and needs, they share the school’s commitment to the educational success of their children. The Superintendent or designee shall work with staff and parents/guardians to develop meaningful opportunities for parents/guardians to be involved in district and school activities that support student achievement at home and in the school community by:
- Providing parents and family with techniques and strategies that they may utilize to improve their children’s academic success
- Building effective communication between home and the school, so parents and family are encouraged to support their children’s learning including participation in parent learning opportunities
- Encouraging and supporting effective communication between parents/family and school personnel
Parents/guardians shall be notified of their parental rights and opportunities to be involved in their children’s education and opportunities available to them.
The district’s Local Accountability Plan shall include goals and strategies for parent/guardian and family member involvement, including district efforts to seek parent/guardian and family member input in district and school site decision making and to promote parent/guardian and family member participation in programs for English learners, foster youth, students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and students with disabilities.
The Superintendent or designee shall regularly evaluate and report to the Board on the effectiveness of the district’s parent involvement strategies implemented to increase parent involvement.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school receiving Title I funds develop a school-level parent involvement strategy in accordance with 20 USC 6318. Furthermore, shall identify the district’s goals for the parent involvement program for all schools and involve parents/guardians in the development of the school site parent involvement plan.
The Superintendent or designee also shall ensure:
(a) parents are involved in the joint development of all district plans as required by State or Federal regulations and guidance, and in the associated process of reviews of schools and the district for academic improvement;
(b) coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance;
(c) coordination and integration of Title I, Part A parent involvement strategies with the parent involvement strategies of other programs district-wide;
(d) an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served. Parents will be an integral part of this annual evaluation process, which will include the identification of barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I activities. Evaluation findings will be used to design and implement more effective parent involvement strategies, including, if needed, revisions to the Title I Parent Involvement Policies.
School Site Parent Engagement Policy
With approval from the school board, each Title I school shall jointly develop with, and distribute to parents of Title I students a written parental involvement policy, agreed upon by such parents, and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school. (20 U.S.C. 6318 (b)(1).)
This policy will include description of the parent opportunities for:
Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement
Building Capacity for Involvement
Opportunities for Family Engagement
Parents/Guardians may choose to participate in various parent/school advisory committees such as; School Site Council (SSC), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), and District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), District Advisory Committee (DAC) and other site or district-based committees and/or programs. Contact your child’s school for additional opportunities for involvement.
Parent University is a District-wide strategy initiated by Fresno Unified to empower, engage, and connect families to support student academic achievement, and parent leadership. Parent University celebrated its 10th year anniversary on August 9, 2019, at the Chukchansi Park inviting 2,500 parents to the event. During the 10-year period, more than 50,000 families have been involved in their neighborhood schools. Parent University aims to strengthen and sustain meaningful family engagement to provide parent learning opportunities in Spanish, English, and Hmong in partnership with other community based organizations such as Valley Public Television, Parent Institute for Quality Education, The Fresno Center Fresno Street Saints, Inter-Act and Associates, Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, Success Together, Education and Leadership Foundation, the City of Fresno, and the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities. Parent University recognizes families for their participation through the Fall and Spring Parent Recognition Ceremony. Additional leadership opportunities are provided through the Parent Leadership Academy, Fresno Police Department Resident Academy, the Fresno Unified Student Scholarship Banquet and District Advisory Committee meetings. Other engagement strategies include student and parent tours to schools, colleges and universities. Additional support includes the services of an Academic Counselor, who assists both students and families to set goals for continuing their education beyond the 12th grade, by completing applications for financial aid and applications to colleges and universities. In collaboration with the site administration and parents, school action plans have been implemented to to enhance parent engagement. We add new modules and activities yearly based on needs assessment and district initiatives.
Parent University strives to:
- Empower families to be vital partners in educating their child(ren);
- Engage and equip families with the tools and “know-how” to access services and understand how the school district operates;
- Connect families to resources within Fresno Unified and the Community.
Parent University offers a wide range of Parent Learning courses and activities to meet the needs of individual families. Courses include stand-alone learning sessions offered one time and focused on one main topic. Parent Learning Modules offer more than one learning session over a period of 5 weeks culminating with a fifth week activity. Some of the events include tours of middle and high schools, universities and colleges, and presentations from guest speakers in the district and community. Some of the modules and activities offered for 2020-21 include, but not limited to the following:
- Module courses & standalone sessions: College & Career Readiness, Elementary Readiness and Transition; Middle School Readiness & Transition; High School Readiness & Transition; SPED; English Learners, Assessment and Dual Language Immersion Programs.
- Tours: The Center for Advancement of Technology (CART) Tour; Middle School tours; High School tours; Adult Transition Program tour; University trip
- Workshops & Presentations: I-ready presentation, School Choice, Dangers of Vaping, How to Navigate parent Atlas portal.
In addition, Parent University offers community workshops offered by our community partners that are supported by Parent University. Courses are offered at elementary, middle, and high school sites and at Parent University Office. All Modules and stand-alones, presentations, and workshops are offered in English, Hmong, and Spanish. For the most current course description and course offerings, please visit the Parent University website at https://www.fresnounified.org/dept/parentu/Pages/Curriculum.aspx
Parent University is located at:
850 N. Blackstone
Fresno, California 93701 Telephone: (559)457-3390
Email Address: Parent.University@FresnoUnified.org Find us on Facebook@FUSD Parent University
B.P. 1240; A.R. 1240
The wealth of experience available in the community is a resource that should be used in appropriate ways to enrich the educational program and strengthen the schools’ relationships with homes, businesses, public agencies and private institutions. By their presence, volunteers also can make school environments safer and more closely supervised.
The Governing Board encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge and abilities with our students.
Each year, our valuable parents/guardians and community members are now expected to complete a volunteer application form at the school where they serve.
Expectations and requirements for volunteers in Fresno Unified:
- Volunteers shall act in accordance with district policies and regulations, as well as individual site requirements.
- Each volunteer is required to complete the District Volunteer Application Form, and the completed form must be on file in the Principal’s office by commencement of service. This form includes a requirement to disclose any prior criminal convictions. Failure to provide accurate information will result in immediate dismissal.
- It is recommended, although not required, that each volunteer keep Tuberculosis (TB) testing up-to-date. The TB testing is at the expense of the volunteer. Fingerprinting costs will be covered by the District.
- Each volunteer is expected to maintain confidentiality regarding each student and family.
- If volunteers hear about or observe evidence of child abuse, they will report the information to the site Principal or designee immediately.
- E.C. 35021 provides that a person who is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to P.C. 290 shall not serve as a volunteer.
- Registered sex offenders cannot serve as chaperones for field trips or other school activities.
The Governing Board encourages parents/guardians and interested members of the community to visit the schools and view the educational program. To ensure minimum interruption of the instructional program, the Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures which facilitate visits during regular school days. Visits during school hours should be first arranged with the teacher and principal or designee. If a conference is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during noninstructional time.
To ensure the safety of students and staff and avoid potential disruptions, all visitors shall register immediately upon entering any school building or grounds when school is in session. For purposes of school safety and security, the principal or designee may design a visible means of identification for visitors while on school premises. No electronic listening or recording device may be used by students or visitors in a classroom without the teacher and principal’s permission. (Education Code 51512)
Title I Parent/Guardian Notification
You have the right as a Title I parent/guardian to:
- Provide suggestions, ideas into the development of the site Title I plan in a “timely and meaningful” manner
- Receive information in an understandable format; and to the extent practicable in a language you understand
- Conference with your child’s teacher, observe or volunteer at your child’s school
- Have your child’s test results explained to you in an understandable way annually
- Provide suggestions to and annually receive the District Board Policy (B.P. 6171) for Title I parent/guardian involvement, and the site parent/guardian involvement policy
- An annual Title I parent/guardian meeting
- Meet at other times in the year in a place and time convenient for Title I parents/guardians
- Receive written notice of your child’s teacher’s qualifications (U.S.C., Title 20, Chap. 70, Sub Chap. I, Sec. 6311; A.R. 4112.2, 4112.22, 4112.24, 4222)
- Help design the Title I Parent/Guardian Involvement Program (U.S.C., Title 20, Chap. 70, Sub Chap. I, Sec. 6318; A.R. 6171)
- Receive training in how to help your child succeed academically
- Help design teacher training related to helping teachers increase their skills and understanding of working with parents/guardians as equal partners
- Receive information on the qualifications of the staff teaching your children (U.S.C., Title 20, Chap. 70, Sub Chap. I, Sec. 6311; A.R. 4112.2)
At the beginning of each year an LEA that receives Title I funds shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving Title I funds that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including at a minimum, the following, whether the student’s teacher: has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher; and whether the student is provided services by a paraprofessional, and if so, their qualifications.
- Receive a description of your school’s Title I services and the school curriculum
- Receive information on whether your child attends a “persistently dangerous” school
- Provide annual feedback on the success of the Title I Parent/Guardian Involvement Program
- Receive a list of parent/guardian resources
How can parents help their Local Educational Agency (LEA) Improve?
Here are some suggestions to help you work with your school and LEA to support improvements.
- Learn more about California State Standards.Become aware of strategies to improve student academic achievement. Additional information and resources are available at the following Websites:
- The California Department of Education, http://www.cde.ca.gov
- U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov
- California School Dashboard https://www.caschooldashboard.org/#/Home
- Talk with district staff about the Local Educational Agency Plan and LCAP. Visit your child’s school and volunteer.
You are encouraged to contact the office of State & Federal Programs at 457-3934 for further information about any of these requirements and to find out how you can become involved in Program Improvement efforts.