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Tools for Welcoming Families and Back-to-School Events

Creating Welcoming School Environments: Back to School Events

Every school is required to have a Back to School Event, whether it’s a school's orientation, Back to School Night, or Open House.  For years these events are put on with the goal of presenting rules and expectations to the families.  Research has shown students perform better and families are more engaged when these events are linked to learning and families have opportunities to understand their child’s grade level expectations, resources/strategies in place to help students reach these expectations, and support strategies families can use at home. 

We know for some schools this will be a shift in changing the way these events have been held at school site for years.  With the recognition of the importance of Family Engagement throughout our district as it is written into the SFUSD’s strategic plan, Family Engagement Standards, Vision 2025, and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) it is evident that this shift is needed.  The resources in this Toolkit help school leaders – including principal, teachers, support staff, and families- make these shifts together.

The Tool Kit includes documents you can download here that provide resources to support creating welcoming environments at school sites.

Our Toolkit – At a Glance

For Other Toolkits:

Tools for Family & Classroom Partnerships/ Family-Teacher Conferences
Tools for Family Leadership, School Governance and Site Planning


Want more information? Please contact the SFUSD Family Partnerships and Empowerment Team at