Dear L.A. Unified families
I am pleased to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2017 - 18 school year.
As I have often said, parents and guardians are the first and most enduring teachers in students’ lives. When schools and parents work together, a stable foundation of support is formed for youth—every hour, every day. For that reason, you are a critical part of our strategy to prepare every student to graduate college prepared and career ready.
There are numerous opportunities for parents to remain involved in your child’s education, including
- Parent Access Support System Portal (“PASSPort”): PASSPort is an exciting online tool, where parents and guardians can easily access real time information about grades, progress toward graduation, attendance, and other key data. This tool is available at passport.lausd.net.
- Local District Superintendent Parent Community Advisories: In an effort to promote two way communication between District staff and parents in the field, we have developed Local District Superintendent Parent Community Advisories within each region. These committees provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to share firsthand perspectives and recommendations related to instruction and the operation of our schools. To learn more about these committees, parents can contact their Local District Administrator of Parent and Community Engagement (contact information available achieve.lausd.net/ld).
- Parent Based Groups and Central Committees: Parents can become involved in parent based groups at their schools, including School Site Councils and English Language Advisory Committees. In addition, they can join Central committees, such as the Parent Advisory Committee, the District English Learner Advisory Committee, and the Community Advisoryc Committee; which support our schools in complying with federal, state, and local parent engagement policies.
- Parent Centers: We have opened 40 new parent centers this school year, and are scheduled to open even more next school year. Parent centers, located on school campuses, provide a space where families can learn more about the educational process, meet parents and staff, get involved in their school, and develop new strategies for supporting learning at home.
Additional information about how you can become informed about and engaged in your child’s education can be found at achieve.lausd.net/families, or by calling the Office of Parent and Community Services at (213) 481-3350.
I look forward to working with all of you as equal partners this year, as we continue to move closer to our goal of 100 percent graduation.
Have a terrific school year!
Dr. Michelle King
Superintendent of Schools