Riverview School District
Title I School Parental Involvement Policy
RIVERVIEW- Judsonia Elementary
Title I regulations require that each school served under Title I jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written parental involvement policy agreed on by the parents that describes the requirements of (c) through (f) as listed below and outlined in Title I law:
A. POLICY INVOLVEMENT
Each school served under this part shall –
1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved;
The Riverview Judsonia Elementary faculty and staff believe that it is essential for parents, faculty, and students to be equally involved in the educational process. It is only through combined efforts that a child’s educational needs and growth can be fulfilled.
At the beginning of each school year Riverview Judsonia Elementary will hold an annual meeting for all parents of students in our system in order to explain the school’s parental involvement policy, the rights of parents to be involved in their child’s educational process, and to seek parental participation in this process. The annual meeting will be held in the Riverview Judsonia Cafeteria prior to Open House. During this forum the chairman of the
prior year Parental Involvement Committee and committee members will be available to disseminate Parental Policy information to the participating parents.
2. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement;
Parental involvement meetings will be offered each quarter, with alternating time frames to vary between morning, afternoon, and evening. Transportation will be furnished to parents
of the Riverview Judsonia Elementary School upon request. Child care will be provided by
the Riverview FCCLA and costs for this service will be covered through allotted funding.
3. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including planning, review, and improvement of
the school parental involvement policy;
A Parental Involvement Committee to include parents, alumni and community members has been established. The following actions will be carried out by the above mentioned committee.
· Established committee will meet to review Act 307 of 2007.
· Committee members will convene during the first quarter in order to plan, review,
and offer improvement on the school Parental Involvement Policy.
· The Re-evaluated policy will be given to all Riverview Judsonia Elementary School students and parents at the beginning of the school year.
· The Parental Involvement Policy will be on display on the District web site under the Riverview Judsonia Elementary School Home page.
4. Provide parents of participating children –
i. timely information about programs under this part;
ii. a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and
iii. if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.
At the beginning of the each school year the committee will extend and invitation to all parents to volunteer by means of the Parent Information Packet distributed by teachers. Parents are surveyed regarding their abilities and interest as possible volunteers. Upon collection of the parent survey, results will be compiled and made available to teachers and the Parent Involvement Committee in booklet form.
Information regarding school improvement, description and explanation of the curriculum, forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet, will be made available through the Parent Resource Center.
In addition to bi yearly parent teacher conferences, parents may request a meeting with
their child’s teacher in order to discuss education decisions, as appropriate, relating to their child. Agreed upon suggestions will be responded to as soon as practically possible.
5. If the school wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
Questions or concerns of unsatisfactory items in the school wide program may be submitted in writing to the principal who will inform the Parental Involvement Committee. The committee will then assess and review submitted concerns.
B. SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
A school and parent compact agreement which includes all six components will be signed by
teacher, parent, student, and principal to acknowledge that Riverview Judsonia Elementary School
is providing education opportunities in the best interest of the students and school.
C. BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT
To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part –
a. Shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held twice yearly to discuss student progress and ways that parents can better monitor their child’s progression.
Standards will be posted on the school web site. As an extension, the counselor will make available this information during Open House and be on hand to explain or discuss questions or concerns with parents.
b. Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;
Quarterly meetings shall be held in order to provide training to help parents work with their children to improve achievement. This will be accomplished through Math Night, Literacy Night, Technology Night, and similar events.
c. Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school;
Workshops will be provided to teachers and staff to improve communication and implementation of parent involvement programs.
d. Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children;
Judsonia Elementary School will coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and
activities with Head Start, Home Instruction Programs for preschool Youngsters, public
school and other programs. A parent resource center and other parental support programs
shall be made available.
e. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand;
Information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities will be
sent home weekly in classroom newsletters and school wide reminders. Parents will be offered information in an appropriate language as practical.
f. May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training;
g. May provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training;
h. May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;
i. May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
j. May arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation;
k. May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement;
l. May establish a district parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section;
m. May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities; and
n. Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this as parents may request.
· Provide transportation and childcare for meetings when needed
· Train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents
· Arrange school meetings at a variety of times
· Include Baldwin Library, area businesses, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and community based organizations in parent involved activities
· Support Little Dribblers and Little Shooters programs
· W.A.T.C.H. Dog program
· Grandparent Day through the school Book Fair
· Red Ribbon Week activities
In carrying out the parental involvement requirements of this part, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand.
All parental involvement activities will be designed in such a way as to encourage the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents of children with disabilities, and parents
of migratory children in a language understandable to the parents.
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