The Clark County School District encourages parents to be involved in their children’s education. The district understands that some parents have the time available to volunteer in a classroom or serve on committees; while others have more limited opportunities. Being involved in your children’s education at home is actually the best place to begin.
Below are a number of ways that parents can and should be more involved with their children’s school in Clark County:
This committee reviews library books and textbooks when concerns are expressed. Two parents at each school are chosen to serve on this committee.
School Generated Funds/Budget Committee
One parent serves on this committee at each school to help determine fund expenditures.
School Safety Committee
A parent is selected to work with this committee to help develop and implement a school safety plan.
Learning Improvement Team (LIT)
The Learning Improvement Team, with two positions for parents, develops a school improvement plan, designed to increase student learning, which is coordinated with the Professional Development Center and the Academic Council.
Many schools offer classes on parenting skills. Call your school’s office or the Area Service Center for information on available classes.
PTA, PTO, PAC or other parent organizations
Many opportunities exist for parents to serve through parent organizations. Attend meetings to get involved; call your school’s office for details.
Attend special events such as open houses, parent/teacher conferences, concerts and other events. Read your school’s newsletter or bulletins or call your school’s office for information about special events.
Take the time to respond to questionnaires sent to you by the principal. Surveys allow parents opportunities for input and provide valuable feedback to principals.
Check with your child’s teacher to see how you can volunteer in the classroom. If you would like to visit your child’s classroom, please notify your principal to make arrangements.
Attendance Zone Advisory Commission (AZAC)
AZAC reviews attendance zones every year and provides recommendations to trustees concerning necessary changes to attendance boundaries. The 15-member committee consists of individuals from the community, appointed by the Board of School Trustees. All meetings are open to the public.
Bond Oversight Committee (BOC)
An independent 19-member body that monitors compliance with building program goals that advises the Board of School Trustees on capital bond fund construction programs and keeps the public informed. BOC members are appointed by the Board of School Trustees. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
Friends of Special Education
With a support group for parents with children requiring special services, Parents who have concerns about their child’s education, IEP or services are matched with a parent volunteer from the Friends’ Network whose child has the same type of disability and who can provide direction and suggestions.
Sex Education Committee
An advisory committee, consisting of parents and community members, who advise the board concerning the content and materials to be used in classroom instruction and the recommended grade levels at which the instruction is offered.
Ad Hoc Committees
From time to time, the board creates committees with the task of studying specific concerns, such as reading or the dropout rate. Parents are often appointed by trustees to serve on these committees.
Newsletter Mailing List
Some board members send newsletters on a regular basis. If you would like to be included on a mailing list, please call the Area Service Center.
Parent Advisory Committees (PAC)
Each trustee organizes a PAC designed specifically to encourage communication between parents and board members. Call the Area Service Center or the School Board Office to learn about the time and location of your trustee’s PAC meetings.
Regular Board Meetings
School board meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.; citizens wishing to address the board at these meetings must sign up to speak by calling (702) 799-5307 or (702) 799-5310 between 7:30 a.m. the day prior to and 2:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. Although the public is encouraged to attend board meetings, they are also encouraged to attend the committee meetings listed above to have greater input on matters of concern to them.