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PARENTS AS PARTNERS

Students, parents, and school personnel all have a role in making schools safe and must cooperate with one another to achieve this goal. School staff should keep parents informed of their child’s behavior and enlist parents as partners in addressing areas of concern. Outreach to parents can include, but is not limited to, a phone call and/or a written communication. As role models, parents and school staff should exhibit the behaviors that they would like to see students emulate.

To ensure that parents become active and involved partners in promoting a safe and supportive school environment, they must be familiar with the Discipline Code. School officials are responsible for sharing the information in this document with students, parents, and staff. Schools are encouraged to provide workshops for parents on understanding the Code and how best to work with the school to support their child’s social-emotional growth. Educators are responsible for informing parents about their child’s behavior and for nurturing the skills students need to succeed in school and in society.

Parents are encouraged to discuss with their child’s teacher and other school staff issues that may affect student behavior and strategies that might be effective in working with the student. It is important that there is maximum consultation and communication between the school and the home. Guidance conferences attended by the principal or his/her designee, a guidance counselor, the student’s parent(s), and one or more of the student’s teachers are an effective means of encouraging parental input and should be held with students when appropriate.

Parents who want to discuss guidance interventions in response to student behavior should contact their child’s school, including the Parent Coordinator, or, if necessary, the Office of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement. In the event a student engages in inappropriate behavior, the principal or principal’s designee must report the behavior to the student’s parent. When a student is believed to have committed a crime, the police must be summoned and the parent must be contacted.

Attendance

Attendance at school is vital to a student’s academic progress and success. School personnel must ensure that appropriate outreach, intervention, and support are provided for students who exhibit attendance problems that may manifest themselves as truancy or patterns of unexcused absence or educational neglect. In cases of truancy, school personnel must meet with the student and parent in order to determine needed supports and an appropriate course of action, which may include, but is not limited to: guidance intervention, referral for counseling, and/or referral to after-school programs. The school’s Attendance or Pupil Personnel Committee should review cases of chronic absenteeism and/or truancy and should involve attendance teachers, deans, guidance counselors, teachers, social workers, and other school staff in facilitating a resolution. Cases of suspected educational neglect must be called into the New York State Central Register in compliance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-750.