The Board of Education believes that the education of each student is a responsibility shared by the school as well as the family. The Board recognizes the need for a constructive partnership between districts and families that will provide for two-way communication and foster educational support for students and families.
The Board also recognizes the special importance of parental involvement to the success of its Title I, Migrant (MEP), and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) programs. Pursuant to federal law, the district and parents will jointly develop and agree upon a written parental involvement policy that will be distributed to parents participating in any of these programs.
In keeping with these beliefs, it is the intention of the district to cultivate and support active parental involvement and to set and realize goals for parent-supported student learning. The district will:
1. Provide activities that will educate parents regarding the intellectual and developmental needs of their children at all age levels. This will include promoting cooperation between the district and other agencies or school/community groups (such as parent-teacher groups, Head Start, Parents as Teachers, etc.) to furnish learning opportunities and disseminate information regarding parenting skills and child/adolescent development.
2. Implement strategies to involve parents in the educational process, including:
- Keeping families informed of opportunities for involvement while acknowledging and encouraging participation in various programs.
- Providing access to educational resources via various mediums (i.e. books, the internet, cable television) for parents/families to use together with their children. The district will publish a list of parent and student resources.
- Keeping families informed of the objectives of district educational programs as well as of their child's participation and progress within these programs.
- Schools will develop a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility of improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children.
3. Enable families to participate in the education of their children through a variety of roles. For example, family members should be given opportunities to:
- Provide input into district policies and programs.
- Volunteer time within the classrooms and school programs.
4. Provide professional development opportunities for teachers and staff to enhance their understanding of effective parent involvement strategies.
5. Perform regular evaluations of parent involvement at each school and at the district level.
6. Provide access, upon request, to any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
7. If practicable, provide information in a language understandable to parents.
Title I Parent Involvement
Pursuant to federal law, the district and parents of children participating in the Title I program will jointly develop and agree upon a written parent involvement plan. This plan will describe how the district will accomplish the following:
- Involve parents in the joint development of the Title I program plan and in the process of reviewing the implementation of the plan and suggesting improvements.
- Provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
- Build the schools' and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement.
- Coordinate and integrate Title I parental involvement strategies with those of other educational programs.
- Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by law, particularly by parents who are economically disadvantaged, have disabilities, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. The district will use the findings of such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies.
- Involve parents in the activities of the schools served.
- Each school receiving Title I funds will jointly develop with and distribute to parents of children participating in the Title I program a written parental involvement plan agreed upon by such parents in accordance with the requirements of federal law:
- The plan must be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
- The plan shall contain a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility of improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children.
- Each school participating in the Title I program will convene a meeting annually to inform parents about Title I and to involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of Title I programs, including the planning, review and improvement of the school parental involvement plan.
Migrant Education Program Parent Involvement
Parents of students in the MEP will be involved in and regularly consulted about the development, implementation, operation and evaluation of the Migrant Program.
Parents of MEP students will receive instruction regarding their role in improving the academic achievement of their children.
Limited English Proficiency Parent Involvement
Pursuant to federal law, parents of LEP students will be provided notification regarding their child's placement in and information about the district's LEP program.
Parents will be notified of their rights regarding program content and participation.