District Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy
This Policy and the plan to implement it have been developed jointly and in agreement with, and will be distributed to, parents and family members of students participating in the Title I program. Parents and family shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that recipients can understand. This Policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and family, and the school.
Expectations for Parent and Family Engagement
Contingent on confirmation of resources and other necessary information being provided by state and federal authorities, it is the intent of the Board that parents and family of participating students shall be provided with flexible opportunities for organized, ongoing, and timely participation in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I program, including opportunities to suggest modifications, based on changing needs of parents, family and the schools.
All comments indicating parent and family dissatisfaction with the Title I plan shall be collected and submitted along with the plan to the Department of Education.
The Title I program shall be designed to assist students to acquire the capacities and achieve the goals established by law, as well as the goals and standards established by the Board. Consistent with law and policy covering student records confidentiality, these goals and standards shall be shared with parents and family in a manner that will give them: (1) timely information about programs; (2) a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, the achievement levels in the challenging state academic standards; the achievement level of their child on the challenging state academic standards; the achievement level of their child on the challenging state academic standards assessments; (3) if requested, opportunities for regular meeting to formulate suggesting and to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
Support for Program
If the District’s Title I allocations is $500,000 or more, the District shall reserve not less than one percent (1%) of its allocation for the purpose of promoting parent and parent and family engagement and shall distribute to Title I schools not less than ninety percent (90%) of the reserved funds with priority given to high-need schools. Parents and family of participating students shall be provided the opportunity to help decide how this portion of the Title I funds will be allotted for parent and family engagement activities.
The District will provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance. These measures may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
Designation of resources to assist in communicating with parents and family, transporting them to meeting sites and/or implementing home visits, providing childcare for meetings, encouraging them to use available parent and family resource centers, and working with them to improve parenting skills, particularly those that will assist them in working with their child to improve his/her educational achievement. Resources may include individuals, agencies, materials, and services.
Sharing options for coordinating and integrating Title I program strategies with services of other community programs, businesses, and agencies.
Identification of ways in which parents and family can be engaged in staff training activities to demonstrate the value of parent and family engagement and various techniques designed to successfully engage parents and family as equal partners in their child’s education.