506.8 - Parental Involvement

Parental involvement is an important component in a student’s success in school.  The board encourages parents to become involved in their child’s education to ensure the child’s academic success.  To this end, the board will address the following items:

        1. How the board will involve parents in the development of the Title I plan, the process for school review of the plan and the process for improvement.  Parent advisory groups exist at all Title I attendance centers.  The Title I program is discussed at least annually in terms of what assistance is available to students, along with the opportunity for parental input into ways to improve the program.  In addition, parents are involved in the Student Assistance Team process, and that is the venue through which students are referred for Title I services.

 

        1. How the board will provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.  Through the annual goal-setting process, the board will promote effective parental involvement in all school activities to improve student achievement for ALL students.

 

        1. Build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement.  Each Title I attendance center will have regular meetings of the parent advisory groups.  Annually, a Title I evening will be held during which parents, students, and teachers will have the opportunity to interact, with parents learning strategies that can be effectively implemented at home.  Parents are part of the Student Assistance Team process.  Title I teachers are responsible for updating parents and keeping them informed about the progress of their child(ren).

 

        1. Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I with other programs such as Reading First, and other initiatives.  Title I teachers are part of the professional development activities for all teachers.  The recent focus has been on the implementation of Reading First instructional strategies, which has been a topic at the meetings of the parent advisory groups.
        1. 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 school served including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I activities (with particular attention to low-income parents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents, minorities, parents with disabilities and parents with low literacy) and use the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, as necessary, the parental involvement policies.  An evaluation of the Title I program will be accomplished annually at the Title I evening for all parents of Title I students.
        1. Involve parents in Title I activities.  Each Title I attendance center will have regular meetings of the parent advisory groups.  Annually, a Title I evening will be held during which parents, students, and teachers will have the opportunity to interact, with parents learning strategies that can be effectively implemented at home.  Title I teachers are responsible for updating parents and keeping them informed about the progress of their child(ren).  The district Title I coordinator will present an annual report to the Board in June regarding parental involvement and parental evaluations of the Title I program.

The board will review this policy annually.  The superintendent is responsible for notifying parents of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year.

 

 

Approved August 27, 2018          
Reviewed August 27, 2018          
Revised August 27, 2018