Parents take the time to visit your child's school this month. Get to know the principal and staff and know what your child is doing in school. IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW.
FROM THE ALSDE:
OCTOBER IS ALABAMA’S STATEWIDE PARENT VISITATION MONTH
This year’s theme is Home and School Partnerships Equal Student Success
Parent engagement – now more than ever – is such a critical factor in determining the success or failure of students and schools. October is the time of year when the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) encourages local school systems and communities to raise awareness of the importance of parental engagement and the key role that parents play in their child’s education.
The theme for this year’s Statewide Parent Visitation Month is Homes and School Partnerships Equal Student Success. Over 30 years of research have proven parent engagement is one of the largest determining factors related to school success. When parents are engaged in their children’s education in positive ways, children achieve higher grades and test scores, have better attendance at school, complete more homework, demonstrate more positive attitudes and behavior, graduate at higher rates, and have greater enrollment in higher education.
Alabama’s Statewide Parent Visitation Month is a great opportunity for local school systems to make that extra effort to invite parents to visit their local school and learn how they can become partners in their child’s education. Among the goals of this special recognition month are:
- Have a unified/coordinated event.
- Serve as a catalyst for year-round parental and family engagement.
- Seek parental input at the school level.
- Raise awareness of state initiatives, such as the Statewide Accountability System and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as other programs.
- Allow local schools and school systems to highlight their own successful programs and initiatives, such as technology and career tech opportunities, reading and math achievement, arts in the schools, and after-school programs.
- Encourage parents to visit schools, feel welcome while there, witness firsthand what schools offer their children, and leave feeling that they have contributed to the school as well as gained from their experience.