Back to School: Parent Involvement is Key

The school year brings opportunities for social connection. Learn how you can work to create a healthy and supportive school for your child.

A parent-teacher meeting in the school classroom.

Get involved! When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities, they get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills.

Parent engagement is a key component of making schools a healthy and supportive place. It is a shared responsibility of both school staff and families:

  • School staff are committed to making families feel welcomed and engaged in a variety of ways to maintain their involvement, such as through emails, phone calls, or meetings to discuss grades, behavior, and accomplishments.
  • Families are committed to actively supporting their child’s learning and development.

What parents can do:

  • Become part of the decision-making process in schools.
  • Ask the school to provide educational opportunities for parents.
  • Talk with your children about health-related behaviors.
  • Set goals with your child’s school or teacher for building strong, positive relationships with peers and adults who can support their emotional well-being.

Back-to-school season is an ideal time for parents to reinforce behaviors that help reduce the effects of stressful life events and teach children the skills to overcome them so they can reach their full potential.  Access our parent tip sheet for more information on working with your child’s school to create a healthy and supportive environment.

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