VALDOSTA — Parents are getting a say in how to engage more families within Valdosta City Schools.

The Family Engagement Plan, per federal regulation for Title I districts, is the only truly amended item in the Code of Student Conduct for the 2019-20 school year, and it’s because of parent input, said Dan Altman, city schools federal program director.

The goal of the program, which is funded using Title I funds, is to get families more involved in their childrens’ education.

“Ultimately it boils down to increasing and improving student achievement,” Altman said. “When families are involved in the schools and support the child’s efforts at the school, that increases student achievement and success.”

The main changes come in the form of events that parents can take part in, which are listed in the upcoming Code of Student Conduct.

Events in the pipeline include Parent-Teacher Conference Month in October, a district-wide STEAM carnival in November and Parent and Family Engagement Month also in November.

Exact times and dates will be announced closer to the months.

The STEAM carnival, in particular, was presented by a group of parents who saw the success of the previous years of the math carnival but wanted to expand on focus areas.

“To increase their involvement and help them realize the importance of their relationship and partnership, we ask them what they would want to be part of,” Altman said.

The Code of Student Conduct was approved at the Valdosta Board of Education meeting July 9. The next BOE meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., July 23, Central Office, 1204 Williams St.

Katelyn Umholtz is a reporter with the Valdosta Daily Times. She can be contacted at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256.

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