• Fall River Elementary

    School Parental Involvement       

                        Policy 2015-2016                                                         

     

    PART I.            GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

                                 Fall River Elementary agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

    ·                    Consistent with section 1118, the school will ensure that the required school level parental involvement policy meets the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA, and includes, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA..

    ·                    Schools will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

    ·                    In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school 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 language parents understand.

    ·                    If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1114(b) of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency (school district).

    ·                    The school will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about The school will build its own and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.

    ·                    The school will provide parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA in the areas of improving student achievement, child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request.

    ·                    The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and 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.           DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

    NOTE: The School Parental Involvement Policy shall include a description of how the school will implement or accomplish each of the following components[Section 1118, ESEA.] 

     

    1.                   Fall River Elementary shall take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and review of its school parental involvement policy under section 1118 of the ESEA: 

     

    Fall River Elementary will hold scheduled meetings with parents to discuss and gain parent input with the Title I application.

     

     

     

    2.                   Fall River Elementary shall take the following actions to involve parents in the process of planning, joint development of the program, review and improvement of programs under Title I Part A of the ESEA : 

     

    Fall River Elementary will hold Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Club meetings this  year to give parents opportunities to conference and meet with teachers and Title I staff on students’ Benchmark test results and work in the classroom.

    Fall River Elementary will hold scheduled meetings with parents to discuss and gain parent input with the Title I Application.  

     

    3.         Fall River Elementary shall hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting.

               

              Fall River Elementary will hold Open House during the year to explain the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs.

     

    4.     Fall River Elementary shall provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

          

               Fall River Elementary will hold two meetings during the year to inform parents about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels.

     

     

    5.         Fall River Elementary shall, at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by:

                           

    Fall River will respond through an open communication with parents via teleconferences or meetings during the school day, such meetings shall include but are not limited to, Open House in the Spring and Fall.   Fall River is collecting parent surveys to inform us of family activities that they would like to see included in the Title I program. Teachers will send timely reports home regarding student academics in the classroom.  Title I and classroom teachers are available during their daily planning times.

     

     

     

    6.        Fall River Elementary shall provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading by:

     

    Fall River will send home WV General Summative Assessment reports and letters with students in the 4th and 5th grades.

     

       

    7.         Fall River Elementary shall take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002):

     

           Parents will receive a written statement from the principal indicating the qualification of their teachers and those teacher’s who are not considered Highly Qualified based on state policy. A copy will be kept at school for documentation.

     

    8. Fall River Elementary shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described below

    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 Title I Part A,

    ·        how to monitor their child’s progress, and

    ·        how to work with educators:

     

    Fall River Elementary will provide the following:

    ·        During our Fall Open House, Title I will present to parents the information concerning the topics listed above. The topics will be reviewed at subsequent  events.

    ·        Parents can contact the school during the day or schedule a conference with Title I and Staff to discuss any concerns. 

     

     

    9.       Fall River Elementary shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children in the areas of improving student achievement, (including literacy training and using technology) child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request.

     

    Fall River Elementary will provide literacy and mathematic resources for parents to use with their children including Scholastic Magazines (Pre-K-5), Home Links,  The Falcon’s Nest monthly newsletter and school calendars.

         

    Fall River will hold an Open House for all students and families.

     

    Fall River will hold  Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Club meetings for families to provide strategies to help  their child at home.

     

    Fall River will have a Family Game Night/Spring Open House for all families.

     

    10.        Fall River Elementary shall, with the assistance of its parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by: 

                           

    ·        Title I shall hold a Title I staff training presenting ideas on communicating and working with parents that the Title I staff shared with the Fall River Faculty. 

     

     

    11.        Fall River Elementary shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs.  The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:

     

          Fall River Elementary will hold Orientation for all Kindergarten and Pre-K students before their first day of school.

          Our school’s Pre-K has monthly parent meetings beginning in October. The county has a move up day in April where Head Start, Pre-K, and other children who will be attending Kindergarten in the fall come to the Kindergarten classrooms for a visit and activity. Parents are involved with Head Start screenings held in April. They attend a Pre-K or Head Start classroom to complete the yearly evaluation.  5th grade students will have a transitional Move-Up Day tin May visiting the middle school.

     

     

     

    12.        Fall River Elementary shall take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to 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: 

     

     

    ·        Information pertaining to parents can be found in the school calendar, Falcon’s Nest’s monthly newsletter and on the McDowell County Board of Education Website, through school phone messenger, or will be sent home as letters or brochures to parents.

     

    Parents can contact the school if alternate form of communication is necessary.

     

    PART III.          DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

                   

    NOTE: The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional information and describe other discretionary activities that the school, ,in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:

     

    ·                    involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training;

    ·                    providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;

    ·                    paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;

    ·                    training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;

    ·                    arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education;

    ·                    adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;

    ·                    establishing a school parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;

    ·                    developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

     

    PART IV.          ADOPTION 

     

    This School 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 agendas and sign-in sheets.

     

    This policy was adopted by the Fall River Elementary on October 15, 2015 and will be in effect for the period of May 2016. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before October 15, 2015.

     

     

     

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       (Signature of Authorized Official)

     

    ___October 15 , 2015____________