Policy & Procedure

Policy # 4130 

Title I Parental Involvement

A. The board recognizes that parent involvement contributes to the achievement of academic standards by students participating in district programs. The board views the education of students as a cooperative effort among school, parents and community. The board expects that its schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with the statutory definition of parental involvement. Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring that parents:

Play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

Are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school; and

Are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

B. The board of directors adopts as part of this policy the following guidance for parent involvement. The district will:

Put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its Title I schools consistent with federal laws including the development and evaluation of policy. Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children;

Provide the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist participating schools in the planning and implementing of effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.

Build the school's and parent's capacity for strong parental involvement;

Coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement strategies with parent involvement strategies under other programs, such as Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents As Teachers, Home Instruction, Preschool Youngsters, or state-run preschools;

Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served with Title I funds including: identifying barriers to greater participation of parents in Title I related activities, with particular attention to participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory children; and

Involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement are spent.

Legal References: 20 USC § 6311 ("No Child Left Behind Act")

Management Resources:

Policy News, October 2008 Family Involvement Policy

Policy News, June 2005 Title I Parental Involvement Policy

Policy News, August 2003 No Child Left Behind Update

Adoption Date: Dec 16, 2013

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Title I Parental Involvement

Federal Requirements

The superintendent or designee will ensure that the district's Title I Parent Involvement policy,

plan and programs comply with the requirements of federal law.

A. The district will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan:

1. An annual meeting of parents of participating Title I students will be held to explain the goals and purposes of the Title I program. (Insert here when and where the meeting will be held, who will be invited and who is responsible for planning the annual meeting.);

2. Parents will be given the opportunity to participate in the development, operation and evaluation of the program. (Insert here what opportunities will be provided and how parents will be informed that they can participate in development, operation and evaluation of the program.); and

3. Parents will be encouraged to participate in planning activities, to offer suggestions, and to ask questions regarding policies and programs. (Describe the outreach efforts that the district will use to receive input from parents.)

B. The district will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement:

1. Parents will be given the opportunity to review the school improvement plan (describe when, where and how this opportunity will be provided.); and

2. Parents will be encouraged to participate in the building self-review (describe when and how parents will be encouraged to participate.).

C. The district will provide the following coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities:

1. Identify barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities;

2. Use findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement; and

3. Revise, when necessary, the district and school parent involvement policies.

D. The district will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with similar strategies under the following other programs, such as:

1. Head Start;

2. Even Start;

3. Learning Assistance Program;

4. Special Education; and

5. State-operated preschool programs.

The district will facilitate removing barriers to parental involvement by activities such as:

a. Conducting joint parent meetings with other programs;

b. Holding meetings at various times of the day and evening;

c. Arranging for in home conferences; and

d. Title I funds may be used to facilitate parent attendance at meetings by payment of transportation and child care costs.

E. The district will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy.

F. The district will build the schools' and parent's capacity for strong parental involvement through the following:

1. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide information to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:

a. The State's essential academic learning requirements;

b. The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments;

c. How to monitor their child's progress; and

d. How to work with educators (Describe how the district will assist parents, i.e. quarterly newsletter, assigning staff members as mentors, or community meetings.).

2. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement, by:

a. Giving guidance as to how parents can assist at home in the education of their child;

b. Holding parent meetings at various times of the day and evening to provide parents;

c. Providing opportunities for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children;

d. Submitting parent comments about the program to the district; and

e. Providing parents with opportunities to meet with the classroom and Title I, Part A teachers to discuss their children's progress.

G. School district personnel will work with teachers, principals and other staff, to reach out to communicate with, and engage parents as equal partners. The district will provide:

1. An explanation of the reasons supporting their child's selection for the program;

2. A description and explanation of the school's curriculum;

3. Information in the academic assessment used to measure student progress; and

4. Information on the proficiency levels students are expected to meet. (Describe how the district will provide this information to parents, i.e. a news letter, community meetings, etc.)

H. The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:

1. Distribute the Title I Family Involvement policy on a annual basis (Describe how this will occur i.e. school bulletin, website, beginning of school information); and

2. To the extent needed and practicable, distribute the Title I Family Involvement policy in multiple languages or formats.

School-Based Parent Involvement Policy

In addition to the district-wide policy on family involvement, each school offering Title I, Part A services will have a separate school building parent involvement policy.

The building-level Title I, Part A parent involvement policy will meet the following requirements:

A. Each building in the district receiving Title I, Part A funds will jointly develop with and distribute to parents of students served in the program a written building-level policy, agreed upon by parents of Title I served students;

B. The policy will outline how parents, school staff and students share responsibility for student achievement in meeting academic standards;

C. Parents will be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format;

D. To the extent practicable, the policy will be provided in a language the parents can understand; and

E. The policy will be evaluated with parents annually.

Policy 2109 - old

Instruction


PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

Part I - GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Conway School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

  • The school district will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
  • Consistent with Section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of Section 1118(B) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with Section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
  • The school district will incorporate this district-wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under Section 1112 of ESEA.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
  • If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under Section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent.
  • The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that the school will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring-

(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;

(C) that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1118 of the ESEA.

Part II - DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PLAN

The Conway School District #317 will take the following actions to involve parents

in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under Section 1112 of the ESEA:

  • Parents of students involved with the program will be invited to attend a meeting regarding the development of the plan; and
  • Parents of students involved with the program will be asked to complete surveys in the spring evaluating the program. Results will be incorporated into the next year's plan.

Part III - INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS IN THE PLANNING, REVIEW, AND EVALUATION OF PROGRAM AND PLAN

The Conway School District #317 will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under Section 1116 of the ESEA:

  • Parents of students involved with the program will be invited to attend a spring meeting to review the results (WASL, MAP, DIBELS etc.) of the program, conduct a needs assessment, identify barriers to parental involvement, and help plan the activities and budget of the program for the next school year; and
  • Parents of students involved with the program will be encouraged to attend campus site-base meetings held throughout the year.

Part IV - DISTRICT COORDINATION, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND SUPPORT

The Conway School District #317 will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist the school in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

  • The district will annually train staff members regarding parental involvement activities;
  • The district will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies

in Title 1, Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs:

a) IDEA / LEA will utilize district staff and other consultants to plan and plan parental involvement strategies to involve parents through: communication with parents (school newsletters, local newspaper, local radio, parent teacher conferences).

b) Title II / LEA will utilize all available funding sources to provide high quality training for instructional staff to work effectively with parents as collaborative partners.

  • The Program Director will assist the school with coordination of services and funding for projects including the coordination and integration of Part A parental involvement strategies with parental involvement strategies under any other program the district may implement.
  • The Program Director will assist the school by providing student-testing information for the committee's review.

Part V - PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES

The Conway School District #317 will build the schools' and parent's capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

  • The school district will, with assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as:

The State's academic content standards, the State's student academic achievement standards, the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments, the requirements of Part A, how to monitor their child's progress, and how to work with educators and by providing parent information workshops during the school year and providing additional information in newsletters and/or on the school district website; and by communicating with parents through the use of e-mail, family access, and telephone.

  • The school district will, with the assistance of its school, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement, such as literacy training, and other activities, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by: providing parent-teacher conferences at the end of the first six-eight weeks for all parents of students performing below expectations; conduct annual parent surveys, complete teacher, student, parent compacts and providing paper resources and links on the school district website that would assist parents in working with their children and understanding educational topics.
  • The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with other programs, and additional activities which encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by: providing an opportunity for parents to enroll students in kindergarten in the spring prior to the school year; and providing an opportunity for students to meet the classroom teacher prior to the beginning of the school year.
  • The school district will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand: provide information to parents using newsletters and/or the school district website; and maintain parental information at the school campus office. This District wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A Programs, as evidenced by the agenda and sign-in sheet of the Title I, Part Parent Meeting held on October 16, 2008.

The school district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before the end of October.

Cross References:

Legal References:

ESEA section 1118

ESEA section 1112

ESEA section 1116

Title II Non-regulatory Guidance

IDEA

Adoption Date:

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