Parent and Community Support Priority Area

External Resources and Partners - Internal Resources and Partners - Perception and Trust



For each priority area in Focus: 2024 Clark County School District's Five-Year Strategic Plan, major strategies have been identified to ensure the District meets specific five-year objectives.

Below are the objectives, measures, targets, and strategies for the Parent and Community Support priority area.

Parent and Community Support Priority Area 1: Leverage internal resources to help parents/guardians support student achievement and attendance

The 2017-18 districtwide survey found there is progress to be made in ensuring parents perceive the District to be transparent and open. The Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) department is repurposing resources to educate and engage parents “on the go” so they can support their child’s education and ensure they attend school regularly.

Strategies

  • Rebrand the Family Engagement Center concept to a mobile University of Family Learning “On the Go” that rotates weekly between the three District regions.
  • Increase University of Family Learning (UFL) courses to include more evening and weekend events and online UFL courses.
    • Increase English/Spanish classes for parents and monthly parent UFL mini-conferences on Saturdays to provide in-depth education and discussion on important topics.
    • Distribute English/Spanish classes throughout the District’s regions to provide access for all parents and guardians.
  • Provide administrators, teachers, and staff with strategies to support Nevada Educator Performance Framework Family Engagement standard indicators.
    • Facilitate two-way communication with parents and guardians and include parent or guardian requests and insights into goals of instruction and student progress.
    • Inform and connect families and students to opportunities and services according to student needs.
  • Educate and engage with students, teachers, and parents about impact of chronic absenteeism to a student’s academic plan and execute FACES “Attendance Matters” training for parents to decrease student absenteeism rates.
  • Partner with local employers to train employees to monitor their child’s Infinite Campus (attendance, grades, and discipline) at Employee Dining Rooms, and provide trainings on-site to engage parents in services offered by the District.
  • Track and report Infinite Campus access by parents to gauge parent involvement in student progress.
  • Educate parents on the importance of school attendance and the importance of an education.


Parent and Community Support Priority Area 2: Secure strategic external resources and community partners

The Clark County School District has the lowest expenditure per student of all of the 74 urban school districts in the Council of the Great City Schools -- $8,964 in CCSD compared to the adjusted median of $13,730 of the other major urban school districts in the nation. In the meantime, the percentage of our students receiving free and reduced lunch has increased from 42 percent in 2008 to 67 percent in 2017, increasing by nearly 25 percent. Our students are increasingly facing challenges outside of school. We must partner with our community to provide additional supports and resources to meet the needs of our students, to enable them to meet their full academic potential. Community partnerships will focus on two areas: increasing academic achievement and decreasing chronic absenteeism, which are two key areas of focus in this strategic plan.

Strategies

  • Work with external partners to fund the Strategic Plan and provide opportunities for community support.
  • Influence legislation resulting in a modernized education funding formula and an increase in base funding to impact educational opportunities for all students
  • Create a new template agreement so that all CCSD schools are adopted in alignment with programming that supports the strategic plan, ensuring a focus on academic achievement.
  • Implement stellar customer service training, working with our partners in the resort sector to improve customer service offered to our families and communities.
  • Review all external partnerships for alignment with Focus: 2024.
  • Increase communication with community members via email.
  • Work with the legislature, local government entities, community organizations, non-profits and companies that are adopting schools to educate and explore funding to address chronic absenteeism and improve student achievement by:
    • Increasing effectiveness of existing partnerships such as the Governor’s Perfect Attendance Awards, Drive for Excellence, and other incentives for students.
    • Working with partners to create new programs to celebrate and provide incentives to parents/students who improve attendance.
    • Subsidizing expenses for PE uniforms, transportation, and other items that can impede student attendance.
    • Utilizing funds/programming for Tier III intervention teams to support students in crisis.
  • Work closely with community organizations to educate and solicit support for CCSD’s legislative platform:
    • Provide resources regarding the importance of updating the funding formula.
    • Ensure all media and communications are aligned with messaging, electronically and in person.
    • Ensure all community outreach is aligned with messaging, electronically and in person.

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