• Title I Parent Involvement Policy

    PART I.          GENERAL EXPECTATIONS  

    Elementary agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

    1.       The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).   Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
    2.       In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools 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 a language parents understand.

    PART II.         DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

    1.   HKC Elementary will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:
    2.     HKC Elementary will establish a Title I Parent Advisory Council and one or more members of that council will serve on the Division Title I Parent Advisory Council. The Title I teacher will be involved in encouraging parents to become Advisory Council members.
    3.      The division and HKC Elementary will hold Parent Advisory Council meetings, twice a year, to discuss the delivery of our Title I program from the parents’ perspective.
    4.      The Division Parent Advisory Council will develop a draft of the proposed District Wide Parent Involvement Policy.
    5.      A copy of the drafted policy will be sent to each parent through a newsletter or delivered by students.  This will allow parents another opportunity to offer comments/suggestions for revisions to this policy. Comments and suggestions made by parents will then be forwarded to the Title I Coordinator.
    6.      A final copy of the adopted policy will be sent to each parent by December 15th of each year.
    7.      Each fall, at the Open House meeting, parents are invited to visit the Title I classroom at HKC Elementary to discuss the purpose and regulations of Title I.  Curriculum and assessment information will be given to all parents at the annual meeting.
    8.      Information related to Title I will be disseminated at other school and community functions, including but not limited to kindergarten registration.

     

    1.   HKC Elementary will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A under the following other programs:
    2.    HKC Elementary will operate a preschool program for at risk four-year old children which includes a variety of opportunities for parents to learn and be involved in their children’s education, including but not limited to home visits and parent participation in preschool events.
    3.    HKC Elementary will work collaboratively with the local Augusta County preschool Program.
    4.    HKC Elementary will partner with the public library to encourage summer reading by sending home reading lists and information about the library’s summer reading program. Representatives from Augusta County Library in Fishersville visits the school and distributes books and plans activities for the students. A free meal is also provided for all who attend.
    5.      Title I collaborates with the Title III program to provide coordinated services based on student need and parental consent.
    6.      Title I collaborates with the Title III program to provide forms, memos, newsletters, etc. in a language that parents can understand.

     

    1.    HKC Elementary will provide any needed technical assistance, and/or other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and Elementary performance:
    2.      HKC Elementary receives a Title I budget allocation for parent involvement activities.
    3.      Parents are provided with a description and explanation of the curriculum at HKC Elementary.  They are informed of tests used in each grade to measure their child’s progress and the expected proficiency level.
    4.      HKC Elementary conducts at least 2 parent activities a year (i.e. Open House, guest speakers, family literacy events, etc.)
    5.      HKC Elementary and the division purchases materials/supplies that can be used by parents on a rotational basis.
    6.      Homework assistance in an afterschool program is provided at HKC Elementary School three days a week.
    7.      Parents of participating students are provided timely information on meetings, activities, and student progress. Parents are sent brochures and a letter letting them know that their child is enrolled in the Title I Program.
    8.      Transportation, if needed, is provided through Title I funding for events related to parent involvement activities.
    9.  HKC Elementary will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools.  The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background).  The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
    10.     HKC Elementary, parent surveys will be distributed in both fall and spring of each year to identify barriers of participation and give parents an opportunity to suggest improvements to the delivery of our Title I program.
    11.     On the survey, and other newsletters, parents of participating Title I students are given the opportunity to contact the teacher about observing a classroom in operation and/or a chance to volunteer their services.
    12.     The surveys are available in languages as needed by our parents.
    13.     Survey results are collected at HKC Elementary and shared with the district level Parent Advisory Council, and all of the Augusta County Title I Teachers.
    14.     Division results are tabulated by the Title I supervisor and shared with the District Parent Advisory Council.
    15.     HKC Elementary adopts a parent involvement policy annually.
    16.     The survey results are instrumental in the annual revision and adoption of the parent involvement policy and instructional plan, in an effort to increase parental involvement.
    17.  H.K. Cassell Elementary will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the schools involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement,  through the following activities specifically described below:
    18.     HKC Elementary will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
    •         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 Part A,
    •         how to monitor their child’s progress, and
    •         how to work with educators
    1.      Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled on the division and school calendar.
    2.      Division, school and teacher websites keep parents informed of schedules, events, homework, and contact information.
    3.      Copies of the school and division parent involvement policies are sent to each family and/or posted on the division website.
    4.      A Title I progress report is sent home four times a year.
    5.      Local newspapers and media inform the community of the school academic success and areas in need of improvement.
    6.      Rules, regulations, and explanation of the purpose of Title I are shared with parents each year.
    7.      SOLS, AYP, and NCLB in general are explained at the school level meeting each year.
    8.      The district level contact information is distributed to parents for their use at anytime, and newsletters restate the information throughout the year.
    9.      At HKC Elementary, each parent will sign the Augusta County Parent/Teacher/Student Compact.  This compact provides a checklist that should help parents work with their child at home.
    10. HKC Elementary will provide materials such as literacy and  technology to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement and to foster parental involvement:
    11.      HKC Elementary will hold parent activities that are focused on various literacy techniques.
    12.      An ELL parent liaison/translator has been hired by the district to assist with translations, training, registrations, etc.
    13.      Support and assistance are provided through after school programs provided by Augusta County Public Schools and Title I.
    14.      Parent newsletters are distributed throughout the year that include tips on effective parenting, literacy techniques, and school events.  These newsletters are translated to meet the needs of our parents.
    15.      Parents are encouraged to visit the school, meet the teacher, and observe the students in the Title I classroom.
    16.      Staff will continue to take advantage of DOE sponsored activities.

    c.HKC Elementary, will educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.  HKC Elementary will implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and the school by promoting the following:

    1.     HKC Elementary and the district will set goals for effective community outreach.
    2.      The Parent Advisory Council at HKC Elementary will continually focus on education and open communication between schools and parents.
    3.      The division Parent Advisory Council focuses on education and open communication between schools and parents.
    4.      Division-level meetings with Title I teachers will be held multiple times throughout the year.  They will focus on how schools can better communicate with parents.

    d.HKC Elementary will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with the Augusta County Preschool by the following:

    1.      The division works collaboratively with the Augusta County Preschool program.
    2.      Orientation meetings are held for parents at the beginning of each school year, usually during the Open House at HKC Elementary.
    3.      Annually, information is distributed to parents at local preschools concerning kindergarten expectations and requirements.
    4.      HKC Elementary will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the 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.
    5.      A copy of the division calendar is distributed to all families via hard copy and the division website.
    6.      Parents’ communication is translated into Spanish as needed. (written and oral communication)
    7.      School and teacher websites keep parents abreast of calendar events (parent conferences, summer school dates,

    etc.) and homework.

    1.      Teacher websites keep parents abreast of homework and event schedules.
    2.      The division and school parent involvement policies are distributed each year.
    3.      Pupil progress reports are distributed four times a year, with parent conference information included.
    4.      Annually approved parent compacts are distributed in English and Spanish (as needed).