Family, School, and Community Partnerships
Board Policy - KB
The Board of Education believes that the education of each student is a shared responsibility in partnership between district and school personnel, families, and community. Engaging parents, guardians, families, and the community is essential to student well-being and achievement. There is a need for a positive partnership between the district, school, parents, guardians, families, and the community that provides for multi-directional communication, engagement, and fosters educational
stability and support for students, parents, and families. In this policy, and other district communications, the word “family” includes parents, guardians, and trusted adults who partner with schools to support student growth, development, and learning.
Family and Community Engagement Definition: Families, students, district personnel, school programs, and community partners actively partnering to develop, implement, and evaluate effective, culturally responsive, and equitable practices to improve educational outcomes for children and youth.
The Thompson School District’s Family and Community Engagement Framework supports the following
● Increasing Student Achievement
● Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Culture
● Developing Human Talent
● Strong Stewardship of Resources
In support of these listed priorities, it is the intention of the district and each of its schools to cultivate and support active, culturally responsive family engagement as well as to set and realize goals for parent and family-supported student learning by aligning with the Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) National Standards for Family-School Partnerships; the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
Framework; and the Colorado Department of Education’s Family, School, and Community Partnerships (FSCP) P-12 Framework. (Reference Board regulation KB-R, Standards for Family/School Partnership in Education).
To that end, all district schools, personnel, and programs will:
- Create inclusive school facilities, through intentionally inclusive school culture and climate that honors and respects the diversity and lived experiences of students, parents, guardians, families, and community partners.
- Invest in building respectful, trusting, and equitable relationships to strengthen the partnership between students, parents, guardians, families, community partners, school personnel and district staff regarding educational outcomes for children and youth.
- Consult with and encourage students, parents, guardians, families, and community partners to share in school and district planning and in the setting of goals by participating in school and district accountability committees.
- Collaborate with students, parents, guardians, families, and community partners through ongoing, meaningful, multidirectional communication to build a shared understanding of the educational process and the role of trusted adults in supporting student achievement.
- Communicate in multiple languages and on an ongoing basis with students, parents, guardians, families, and community partners about school programs, school choice, and learning opportunities within the district and at each school, including but not limited to, information on choice enrollment, choice programs, and charter school options.
- Provide opportunities for students, parents, guardians, and families to be informed about student progress toward attaining proficiency on state and district academic standards through written materials in their preferred language and through public meetings and conferences. Students, parents, guardians, families, and community partners receive information that explains how student progress will be measured and how stakeholders will be informed of such progress. This information will also be provided to the school and district accountability committees.
- Encourage and welcome family and community volunteers in school and district programs.
- Encourage the formation of formal and informal stakeholder groups at each school building and at the district level to network, support, provide, and receive information concerning district, school, and community activities including opportunities for input into district and school decisions as appropriate.
- Provide multiple avenues for students, parents, guardians, families, and community partners toind support in their roles while partnering with schools and the district.
The Board supports professional development opportunities for staff to enhance their understanding of culturally responsive, effective, and equitable family and community engagement strategies.
Title I Parent, Family and Community Engagement
The Board also recognizes the special importance of student, parent, guardian, family and community engagement to the success of its Title I Program, the Migrant Education Program (MEP), and English Language Development (ELD) Program. Therefore, the Board directs the superintendent to ensure that the district and schools jointly develop with parents, guardians, families, and the community written
parent, family, and community engagement policies that meet the requirements of federal law.
Point of Contact for Family and Community Engagement
The district will identify an employee of the district to act as the point of contact for family and community engagement training and resources. The identified person will also serve as the liaison between the district, the District Accountability and Advisory Committee (DAAC), the Colorado State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE), and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The Point of Contact for Family and Community Engagement will facilitate the district's culturally responsive and inclusive efforts to increase parent, family and community engagement. The school district must submit the name of the identified employee to the CDE.
District Accountability and Advisory Committee:
The District Accountability and Advisory Committee (DAAC) will conduct a periodic review of this policy. As part of its review, the DAAC will seek input from school accountability committees and then provide any recommended policy revisions to the Board.
Adopted August 3, 1994
Revised September 1, 1999
Revised May 7, 2003
Revised September 18, 2013
Revised January 19, 2022
C.R.S. 22-7-301 et seq. (measures to increase parental involvement in public education)
C.R.S. 22-7-304 (best practices and strategies, aligned with national standards for family-school
C.R.S. 22-11-302 (1)(g) (duties of the district accountability committee include increasing parent
C.R.S. 22-11-402 (1)(h) (duties of the school accountability committees include increasing parent
C.R.S. 22-30.5-109 (publicity regarding educational options)
C.R.S. 22-32-142 (1) (board must adopt parent engagement policy and identify a district employee to act
as "point of contact")
ADA Thompson District Goals
ADAB District Goal Planning Process
ADB Educational Equity
AE Accountability/Commitment to Accomplishment
IA Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives
IHBD Compensatory Education (Title 1)
IHDEA English Language Development
IHBIB Preschool Programs
IKACA Parent Conferences
IKE Promotion, Retention, and Acceleration of Students
ILBA- Student Assessment System (District Program Assessments)
JFBA/JFBB - School of Choice/Open Enrollment
KBA District Title I Parent and Family Engagement
KBBA Custodial and Noncustodial Parent Rights and Responsibilities (Children of Divorced/Separated
KI Visitors/Guests to Schools
LBD District Charter Schools
Has been co-developed with input from TSD stakeholders representing schools, staff, families and the community.
Is aligned with policy updates provided by the Colorado Association of School Boards
Is aligned with Strive 2025 and Thompson Board of Education Policy KBA/KBA-R (District Title 1 Parent and Family Engagement Policy)
Is aligned with the Colorado Department of Education’s P-12 Family, School and Community Partnering Framework
Ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements
Integrates elements of Board of Education Policy ADB: Educational Equity