Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High receive Title I funds from the Federal Government and are considered School Wide Title I Campuses. ALL students are eligible for Title I assistance.
Part I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High agree to implement the following:
· Both schools will jointly develop with parents, and distribute to parents of ALL children, A School Parental Involvement Policy that both schools and parents of agree on.
· Both schools will notify parents about the School Parental Policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, will distribute this policy to parents in a language that parents can understand.
· Both schools will make the School Parental Involvement Policy available to the local community
· Both schools will periodically update the School Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of students, parents and the school.
· Both schools will adopt the school’s School-Parent Compact as a component of its School Parental Involvement Policy
· Both schools agree to 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 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
Part II. DESCRIPTION OF IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL PARENT INVOLVEMENT
1. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its School Parental Involvement Policy and their respective Campus Improvement Plans (CIP), if applicable, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way under section 1118(b) of NCLB:
Both schools will gather and disseminate to parents the following materials and involve them in updating policies, understanding their rights, and help them pursue their concerns regarding the following materials:
· District –wide Parental Involvement Policy.
· Campus Parental Involvement Policy.
· The School-Parent Compact.
· Parent’s right to know if their child’s teacher(s) is “highly qualified”.
2. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will take the following actions to distribute to ALL parents and to the local community, the School Parental Involvement Policy:
· Create a link to the School Involvement Policy on our respective school websites.
· Have printed material available for distribution at both school sites.
· Distribute annually to parents a copy of the Parental Involvement Policy in our Student Handbooks.
3. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will periodically update our School Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of our students, parents and our school:
· This will be presented and reviewed annually to parents at our Annual Federal Programs Review meeting held each May.
4. Coleman Elementary and Coleman junior High will hold an annual meeting for parents for the purpose of informing them of the following:
· District Policy for Parental Involvement Rights.
· Current School Parental Involvement Policy.
· Current State and Federal NCLB Guidelines and requirements of Title I.
· Our schools’ participation in the Title I and other programs.
5. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will hold a flexible number of meetings at varying times, and may provide transportation, childcare and/or home visits, paid with Title I funds as long as these services relate to parental involvement:
· We will provide opportunities for parents to attend workshops to further their knowledge about how they can become more involved partners with our schools.
6. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will provide timely information about Title I and other programs available to ALL parents in a timely manner. Parents will receive:
· Monthly Calendars of events from the Elementary School.
· Publications in the local newspaper and on the district and campus websites.
7. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will provide parents a description and an explanation of the curriculum in use at our school, the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet:
· The website will host web pages for each department/grade level and will have email addresses of each teacher, counselor and administrator available for parents.
8. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will provide ALL parents, 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.
9. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will submit to the district any parent comment, if our school-wide plan under section 1114 (b) (2) is not satisfactory to parents.
Part III. SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGHER STUDENT ACADEMIC
1. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High will build our 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:
· Frequent reports to parents about their child’s progress (minimum being a progress report at 3 weeks and report cards at 6 weeks).
· Ability to access grades on the campus website.
· Reasonable access to teachers and administrators.
· Reasonable opportunities to observe and/or participate in classroom
2. Both schools will incorporate the School-Parent Compact as a component of this School Parental Involvement Policy by:
· Discussing with parents at the annual “Back to School” Orientation Meeting how our School-Parent Compact directly connects with the child’s individual achievement.
3. Both schools will, with the assistance of the District, provide assistance to parents of children served by the schools 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 alternative assessments.
· How to monitor their child’s progress.
· How to work with educators.
4. Both schools will, with the assistance of the district, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement and foster parental involvement by:
· Providing parents opportunities to attend conferences and workshops.
· Lead training that develops skills necessary to better assist parents to help their children with schoolwork with an emphasis in literacy training and technology.
5. Both schools will, with the assistance of the district and parents, educate its faculty and staff in how to reach out to communicate and work with parents as equal partners, and explain the value of parent contributions by:
· Monitoring and effectively notifying parents of student attendance problems.
· Building ties between parents and the school through extracurricular and academic programs.
· Using the school websites to host resources and provide a forum for dialogue between parents and the school.
· Working to bridge cultural differences by understanding families’ home cultures, identifying their strengths, and creating opportunities for their contribution.
6. Both schools will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, ensure that information related to the schools and parent programs, meetings and other activities, is sent to parents in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
Part IV. ADOPTION
This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents, teachers, staff members and administrators, as evidenced by the minutes of our meeting dated Friday, May 23, 2014.
This policy was adopted by Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High on May 23, 2014 and will be in effect for the period of one year. The schools will distribute this policy to ALL parents on or before September 1, 2014. It will be made available to the local community on or before September 1, 2014. Coleman Elementary and Coleman Junior High’s notification to parents of this policy will be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, a copy of this policy will be provided to parents in a language the parents can u8nderstand.
Junior High Principal
May 23, 2014