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Parent checklist
Want to give your child a jumpstart on the school year? Check out this 10-point school readiness checklist from PCS to see if you make the grade.

Check the parenting skills that you practice or plan to practice to prepare your child for a successful school year.

Expectations
• I set expectations for my child’s behavior and achievement at school.

• I encourage my child to finish all class and homework assignments.

• I encourage my child to ask for help when he or she needs it.

Communication
• I plan to attend my child’s school open house or back to school night.

• I talk with my child and help him/her set educational goals.

• I take a proactive approach to my child’s education by requesting a teacher conference at least once a year and inform the teacher if something may impact my child’s performance or behavior.

Engagement
• I ask my child every day to share with me details about his/her experience at school.

• I discuss with my child regularly the importance of a good education.

• I participate in at least one of my child’s school parent programs.

• I lead by example and demonstrate the value of volunteering at school or community.

• I review my child’s report card and set goals with my child.

Parent Academy
Pinellas County Schools recognizes that family engagement has a positive and longstanding impact on student achievement and their future success.

In that spirit, the district provides Preparing Parents to Advocate for Their Children and Community or P2ACC Parent Academy workshops to promote parental engagement and enhance student academic success.

Parent academy workshops are free and focus on three primary areas: academic success, parenting and advocacy, and personal and individual growth.

Workshops are offered throughout the year in schools, libraries, community centers, government offices and faith-based organizations.

For more information, visit www.pcsb.org/parentacademy.

School Advisory Council
Each public school in the State of Florida must have a School Advisory Council (SAC).

By law, each SAC must be composed of the principal and a number of stakeholders. These individuals must be representative of the ethnic, racial and economic makeup of the community served by the school.

The team of people representing various segments of the community could include parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/ industry people and other interested community members.

The purpose of the SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation of the school improvement plan results and to assist the principal with the annual school budget.

Additionally, SAC receives funds to be used at the discretion of the council. A portion of the money should be used for implementing the school improvement plan.

Funding for use by SAC should be allocated directly to the council, should be clearly earmarked for their use and is not subject to override by the principal or interim approvals by school district staff. These moneys may be expended only on programs or projects selected by the council, not school capital improvements.

Contact your school for more information on how to participate in SAC.

Parent Teacher Association
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) addresses issues that are important to parents and public school administrators, including funding, quality teachers and capabilities for schools to thrive.

The PTA is an autonomous nonprofit supported by a national structure and sets its own dues.

The association prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Contact your school for more information.

Volunteer opportunities
Pinellas County Schools welcomes volunteers, mentors and tutors.

Volunteering as little as one hour of your time each week can make a difference. School volunteers share their time and talents as they give special attention and assistance.

There are many opportunities for individuals to become involved with PCS as volunteers.

For more information, contact the Office of Strategic Partnership at 588-5050.

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