Heart River Elementary Title 1Parental Involvement Policy

Heart River Elementary

Title I School Parental Involvement Policy

 

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 1 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 partici-

pating 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;

A copy of Heart River’s PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY will be made

available to all parents of Heart River  students in the fall, along with the Student-

Parent Compact. These copies will be distributed by classroom teachers. Parents

are encouraged to contact the school with any questions regarding the policy.

Information regarding Heart River’s participation in the Title I Schoolwide

Program is also available.

 

 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.

The Heart River PAC (Parent Advisory Council) is a group open to all parents with

students in attendance, who meet on a regular basis. Meetings are generally held over

noon hour. Meeting dates are made available in the monthly school newsletter, and on

the school website. Heart River Elementary upholds an ‘open door’ policy for parents

and families, as stated in the school handbook. Parents are also invited to become

involved in the following committees: District Technology Committee; District

Professional Development Committee; District Curriculum Review Committee; West

Dakota Parent and Family Resource Meetings; North Central Association School

Improvement Committee; and the Materials and Resources Review Committee. This

information is included in the school handbook.

 

 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.

Parents will be involved through participation in the Schoolwide Planning Committee,

Parent Advisory Committee; end-of-the-year surveys, and the Title I Annual Review of

Heart River Schoolwide Program. Summaries of these meetings will be made available

in the school  newsletters.

 

 

4. Provide parents of participating children –

 i. timely information about programs under this part;

A copy of Heart River’s PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY will be made

available to all parents of Heart River  students in the fall, along with the Student-

Parent Compact. These copies will be distributed by classroom teachers. Parents

are encouraged to contact the school with any questions regarding the policy.

Information regarding Heart River’s participation in the Title I Schoolwide

Program is also available.

 

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

The Heart River Elementary Student/Parent Handbook outlines and provides a

description of the curriculum in use at the school, and lists the academic assessment

used. These assessments provide proficiency levels expected of students. This informa-

tion is also available on the school website.

 

 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

child(ren), and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.

Heart River upholds an ‘open door’ policy; as stated in the school handbook, parents

are invited to call or visit the school at any time, or arrange meetings to discuss issues

involving the education of their child(ren). Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice

yearly. Parents are invited to become involved in many committees, including the

Schoolwide Planning Committee.

 

 5. If the schoolwide 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.

Any comments regarding the above-mentioned would be submitted to the Heart

River Schoolwide Committee, and if needed, also the Dickinson Public Schools

Title I Coordinator.

 

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-parent compact has been developed and is reviewed annually by the school’s

Schoolwide Planning Committee, with parents serving on the committee also involved in

this process. These compacts will be available for review annually in the fall.

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 achieve-

ment, 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 topic 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.

The Annual  Progress reports will be disseminated in the school newsletter when that

information is made available. Parents will also have the opportunity to address their

child’s academic progress at Parent-Teacher conferences, held during the 1st and 3rd

quarters of the school year. Student academic performance can be monitored by

accessing Power School. Information on the Heart River’s performance will be

reviewed and amended each spring at the Annual Schoolwide Review meeting.

 

Teacher and paraprofessional qualifications can be reviewed by parents upon request.

b. Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to

improve their child’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as

appropriate, to foster parental involvement;

The Heart River Student/Parent Handbook is made available at fall registration, and

includes information regarding academic policies and procedures. Pertinent informa-

tion is dispersed monthly in the school newsletters. Training opportunities are made

available for parents through the West Dakota Parent and Family Resource Center.

Student progress is available for parents through Power School. Literacy tips are

provided for parents at Heart River Literacy Nights, held annually.

c. Shall educate teacher, 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, imple-

ment and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.

Education will come from building level communication, distribution of Heart River

and West Dakota Parent and Family newsletters, district and building level training

and in-service opportunities, and participation in PAC and the Schoolwide Planning

Committee.

d. Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involve-

ment programs and activities with Head Start, 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;

Parental Involvement programs and activities will be coordinated with applicable school

district programs including West Dakota Parent and  Family Resource Center, Head

Start, and the Regional After School Program.

e. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and

other activities is sent to the parents of the participating children in a format and, to

the extent practicable in a language parents can understand;

Heart River, along with Dickinson Public Schools, will provide full opportunities for the

participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with children with

disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including information and school reports

in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon

request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

Parent feedback regarding this point will be generated through annual surveys, and will

be monitored by PAC and the Schoolwide Planning Committee to ensure the informa-

tion provided to parents meets the stated criteria.

f. Provide literacy training for parents through the West Dakota Parent and Family

Resource Center and/or the Adult Resource Center.

g. Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement

activities, including child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-

related meetings and training sessions.

h. Train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;

i. Arrange school meetings at a variety of times in order to maximize parental involve-

ment and participation in their children’s education.

j. Utilize Parent Advisory Council and Schoolwide Planning Team to provide advice on

all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs.

k. Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses,

including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

l. Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section

1118 as parents may request.

D. ACCESSIBILTY

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 such language parents can understand.

Parent feedback regarding this point will be generated through annual surveys, and will

be monitored by PAC and the Schoolwide Planning Committee to ensure the information

provided to parents meets the stated  criteria.