Family and Community Engagement Introduction
The Family and Community Engagement Plan of Sweetwater City Schools is
based upon the concept that families have a major influence on their
children’s achievement in school and through life. As a result of this
influence, positive results with student achievement occur when schools,
families, and community groups work together to support learning. The focus
of this action plan is to build trusting, collaborative relationships among
teachers, families, and community members. It also recognizes, respects, and
addresses families’ needs, as well as class and cultural differences. Every
school in the district has incorporated the standards as part of its own
parent involvement plans.
The faculty and staff of Sweetwater City Schools are determined to
communicate and involve parents and all stakeholders to better serve our
students. Education should be the shared responsibility of students,
teachers, parents, and the community. Sweetwater City Schools will attempt
to increase family and community involvement with an action plan based upon
the following standards implemented at each school.
Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community –
Families are active participants in the life of the school and feel
welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what
students are learning and doing in class and school.
Standard 2: Communicating effectively – Families and school staff engage in
regular, meaningful communication about students’ learning.
Standard 3: Supporting students success – Families and school staff
continuously work together to support students’ learning and healthy
development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to
strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Standard 4: Speaking up for every child – Families are informed and
enabled to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that
students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that
will support their success.
Standard 5: Sharing power – Families and school staff are equal
partners with equal representation in decisions that affect students and
families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and
Standard 6: Collaborating with community – Families and school staff
work together with community members to connect students, families, and
staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic