Family Engagement

Automated Notification System
All parents will automatically receive important announcements on their home phone from Wayne County Public Schools via the InstantConnect notification system. In addition to announcements about school closures and delays, parents will receive attendance calls when their child is absent. Parents can manage their own phone, email, and text message preferences within the PowerSchool Parent Portal [See below section for more information]. Parents are also encouraged to provide their child’s school the most up-to-date contact information to receive notifications. 
 
ELECTRONIC FLYER DISTRIBUTIONS
WCPS distributes flyers and other non-school materials electronically through the PeachJar system. Flyers will be able to be accessed via email and through the district website. Parents are encouraged to provide the school the most up-to-date contact information for their child in order to receive flyers and other important information electronically.
POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL
Home Base is the statewide student information system, a web application that can be utilized by parents to stay informed of their child's educational progress. Through the portal, a parent can check on their child's assignments, grades, attendance reports and other pertinent information from any internet-connected computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Parents can also update their child’s contact information. In order to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal, parents must first contact the data manager at their child’s school to receive their username and password.   Afterwards, parents can sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal under the “Parent Resources” tab on the district website. 
 
MOBILE, APP, SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE
Wayne County Public Schools routinely communicates with parents and other stakeholders through electronic communication tools, such as those listed in the inside cover of this handbook. Individual schools and classrooms may use additional tools to communicate with parents, and will communicate that information when applicable.
 
PUBLICATION & RECOGNITION OF STUDENT WORK
Each school highlights student work through a variety of ways for parents and/or the community, including educational displays/exhibits such as those at Berkeley Mall or Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, displays at the WCPS administrative offices and/or in local businesses, and most notably through the online Wayne Collection (a digital book that highlights select student artwork and written work from every school). Additionally, there are times when an individual image of a student is shared online or with the news media to highlight an achievement or some other recognition of work. Parents/Guardians WHO DO NOT want to have their child’s individual image, achievements, or student work exhibited/recognized online by their school or the district should complete AR 3226-R Parent Request for Non-Publication Form and turn it in to their child’s school.
 
SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
School volunteers make valuable contributions to the learning process and the educational goals of the school district.  Due to COVID-19, specific screening policies will be required for any personnel, including volunteers, who may be needed for events on the school campus.  Prior to arriving at the school campus, volunteers must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Any individual who has COVID-19 symptoms, diagnosis, or who has been directed to quarantine due to exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must not come onto the school campus. Cloth face masks and social distancing (maintaining 6 feet of separation between adults, and between students and adults) are strongly recommended for all adults on school campuses at all times.
 
About School Volunteers:
 A School Volunteer is any person who offers to perform a service or carry out an activity during the school day or during extended-day, school-related programs without pay or other material compensation. 
 
 Becoming a school volunteer
WCPS parents and family members interested in becoming a school volunteer must complete an online application and adhere to a background check. For more information, and to access the online application form, go to the district website, www.wayecountyschools.org and click on the “Community Resources” tab.    
 
Classifications of school volunteers:

 General Volunteer —  Assist with general office duties; assist with bulletin boards; make general copies; office greeter, answer office phones; assist with school events; chaperone school dances, serve as exam proctor; etc. 
Classroom Volunteer — Assist students; assist with small projects in the classrooms; help teacher prepare materials for class; tutoring; review homework assignments; etc.
Field Trip Volunteer — Assist with school sponsored field trips as a chaperone.
 
Leave for parent engagement in schools
In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 95-28.3 Leave for parent involvement in schools, employers shall grant four hours per year leave to any employee who is a parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis of a school-aged child so that the employee may attend or otherwise be involved at that child's school. However, any leave under this section is subject to the following conditions:
  1. The leave shall be at a mutually agreed upon time between the employer and the employee.
 
  1. The employer may require an employee to provide the employer with a written request for the leave at least 48 hours before the time desired for the leave.
 
The employer may require that the employee furnish written verification from the child's school that the employee attended or was otherwise involved at that school during the time of the leave.
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