Parent Involvement policy


Park Creek School

Parent Involvement Policy

2017-2018

First Draft August, 2017

Staff Review September, 2017

Parent Review September, 2017

School Council Review October, 2017

Adopted October 30, 2017


Park Creek Elementary School

Parent Involvement Policy

2017-2018

PART 1: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Park Creek School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

  • Park Creek Parent Involvement Policy will be reviewed by parents, teachers, and School Council before finalized
  • Parent Involvement Policy will be available in English and can be translated in Spanish upon request
  • Parent Involvement Policy will be available for parents to review on September 19, 2017 during Open House
  • Make the Park Creek School Parent Involvement Policy available to the local community through our School Council and through our website
  • Periodically update the School Parent Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school
  • Adopt the School Parent Compact as a component of Park Creek School Parent Involvement Policy
  • Agree to be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement and will carry out programs and activities and procedures in accordance with this definition
  • 1.Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, 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
  • 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)Ensure that other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA are carried out
  • e)McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act along with the Neglected and Delinquent Act will be carried out

PART II: DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

  • 1.Park Creek School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its School Parent Involvement Policy and its school wide plan, if applicable, in an organized and timely way under section 1118 (b) of the ESEA:
  • a.Meetings-with parents, administrators, and teachers to discuss any concerns or suggestions
  • b.Notice for all school activities sent home
  • c.Draft prepared (August, 2017)
  • d.Draft will be available for review by parents September, 2017
  • e.Copy will be electronically sent to staff for review August, 2017
  • f.School Council will review policy October, 2017
  • g.Final draft will be available to the public by October 30, 2017
  • h.The parent involvement team and school faculty will review the policy in August and September, and makes suggestions for the next school year based upon information/data gathered
  • 2.Park Creek School will take the following actions to distribute to parents of participating children and the local community, the School Parental Involvement Policy:
  • a.Copies of the Park Creek Parent Involvement Policy will be available to parents in writing, on school web site, and electronically upon request.
  • 3.Park Creek School will update yearly its School Parent Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school. Once needs are identified, in the School Improvement Plan and are reviewed, the plan will be modified.
  • a.Park Creek School will update its School Parental Involvement Policy as noted in Part II, to ensure multiple perspectives and opportunities for input.
  • b.Parents will be able to provide feedback on the policy at the September Open House and the October School Council Meeting.
  • c.Parent comments regarding the plan and needs identified in the School Improvement Plan process will be considered, and the plan will be modified to meet those needs.
  • d.School Council parents will provide input on how the 1 percent of Title 1 part A funds are spent on parental involvement.
  • 4.Park Creek School will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the following:
  • a.Park Creek School participates in Title I: (September 19, 2017 Open House), (October, 2017 School Council meeting) (August, 2017 electronic-mail to staff)
  • b.The requirements of Title I
  • c.Their rights to be involved
  • d.Their school’s participation in Title I
  • 5.Park Creek School will hold a flexible number of meetings at varying times related to parental involvement.
  • a.PK-Peek
  • b.Family Nights
  • c.Open House
  • d.Parent meetings (grade level, sharing is caring, Title 1)
  • e.Student Orientation
  • f.School Holiday lunch
  • g.Parent support classes (parents learn how to support their student/s)
  • h.School Council meetings
  • 6.Park Creek School will provide timely information about Title I programs to parents of participating children in a timely manner. This information will be presented in both English and Spanish.
  • a.Title I presentation – Open House- September 19, 2017
  • b.Title I presentation –School Council- October, 2017
  • c.Title I information provided to School Staff –August, 2017
  • 7.Park Creek School will provide to parents of participating children 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.
  • Park Creek School provides a description and explanation of the curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet in the following ways:
  • a.Progress Reports/Daily communication logs
  • b.Standards Based Report cards
  • c.Parent-teacher conferences
  • d.Family Nights
  • e.RTI Meetings
  • f.IEP Meetings
  • g.ELL information sessions and meetings
  • h.News letters /social media
  • i.Parent meetings (Milestones parent meeting)
  • 8.Park Creek School will provide parents of participating children opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions related to the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as possible.
  • 1.Park Creek School provides parents, of participating children, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children in the following ways:
  • a.Parent-teacher meetings
  • b.Parent–administrator meetings
  • c.RTI meetings
  • d.IEP meetings
  • e.ELL meetings and information sessions
  • f.Information sessions with school administrators
  • g.School Council meetings
  • h.Information sessions with DPS Title 1 Parent Liaison
  • i.Parent feedback and student interviews
  • 9.Park Creek School will submit to the district any parent comments if the School wide plan under section (1114) (b) (2) is not satisfactory to parents of participating children.
  • a.Any parent comments or concerns will be submitted to the Title I Director by the school principal and will be discussed at the next scheduled review of the plan.

PART III: SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

  • 1.Park Creek School will build the school’s and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve academic achievement through the following activities specifically described below:
  • a.Family Nights
  • b.Meetings with school administrators
  • c.Parent volunteers
  • d.Provide translators for school activities
  • e.School Council meetings
  • f.Provide parent resources
  • g.Support classes for parents (parents learn how to support their student)
  • h.Parent information in English/Spanish
  • i.Community parent classes
  • j.School messages in English/Spanish
  • k.Parent-teacher conferences
  • 2.The school will incorporate the school-parent compact as a component of its’ School Parent Involvement Policy.
  • a.Park Creek School seeks to have 100% of parents and students sign and return this contract.
  • 3.By undertaking the actions described in this paragraph, Park Creek School will, with the assistance of its district, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school in understanding topics such as the following:
  • a.The state’s student academic content and achievement standards
  • b.The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments
  • c.The requirements of Title I
  • d.How to monitor their child’s progress
  • e.How to work with educators

Park Creek School, with the assistance of the district, provides assistance to parents of the school’s students in understanding the topics listed above, in the following ways:

  • a.Parent-teacher conferences
  • b.Meetings with administrators to discuss these and other topics
  • c.Written explanations and score interpretations of mandated assessments in English and Spanish
  • d.Presentation on requirements of Title I to the School Council and at an Open House event
  • e.Support classes for parents-Title I Parent Involvement coordinator
  • 4.Park Creek school will, with the assistance of its district, provide materials and training, such as literacy training and using technology, to foster parental involvement and enable parents to assist their children in improving their academic achievement by:
  • a.Inviting parents and families to Park Creek Family Nights, which are specifically designed to teach parents how to work with their children on academic skills with an eye to improving student achievement
  • b.Using Title I funds to provide materials for parents and students to take home so that parents may apply the skills they have learned during the Family Nights and work with their children on academic tasks
  • c.English classes and Parent University to be offered through the DPS Title I parent liaison
  • 5.The school will, with the assistance of its district and parents, educate all staff members in how to reach out to, communicate with, and working with parents as equal partners; in the value and utility of contributions of parents; and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and the school by:
  • a.Implementing a School Improvement Plan with a specific parent involvement component designed to aid teachers and other staff members in reaching out to, communicating with, and working with parents as equal partners. The plan calls for encouraging parents to volunteer in the school and to participate in the parent-administrator meetings.
  • 6.The school will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, and Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers program, public preschool, and other programs. The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
  • a.By housing four lottery funded Pre-Kindergarten classes. One of the Pre-K classes will serve students with special needs. Park Creek will also house the DPS Head Start class. Head Start serves students with special needs and includes parents in many activities throughout the school year.
  • b.By hosting activities for younger students and their parents, Park Creek is able to help transition these students into the school environment. For example, the Baby Cheetah Walk (May, 2017) brings our prospective PK students to Park Creek before the first day of school. This ensures a level of comfort for both parents and students. Park Creek hosted a school-wide orientation in August 2, 2017.
  • c.Park Creek’s Pre-K Love (ESS) teacher will also conduct home visits as needed to work with families throughout the school year.
  • 7.The school will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, 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.
  • a.To the extent possible, written communication from Park Creek School goes home in both English and Spanish
  • b.Bilingual front office staff is provided to ensure that parents have a thorough understanding of school information
  • c.All Family Nights have either translators or bilingual instruction available for parents so they may participate fully in what is offered
  • d.All School Council meetings are conducted in both English and Spanish
  • e.Translators are available for parent conferences
  • f.Parent meetings with administrators are conducted in English and Spanish
  • g.Parent resource materials are bilingual

DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

  • 1.Parenting
  • The district’s PK resource coordinator and social worker provide informal opportunities for parents to learn parenting skills. The parent resources related to parenting skills are available to all parents in both English/Spanish.
  • 2.Communicating
  • a.Teachers keep parent contact logs so there is a record of parent-teacher conversations.
  • b.To the extent possible, written communication from Park Creek School goes home in both English/Spanish
  • c.Bilingual front office staff are available to ensure that parents have a thorough understanding of school information
  • d.All Family Nights have either translators or bilingual instruction available for parents
  • e.All School Council meetings are conducted in both English/Spanish
  • f.Translators are available for parent conferences
  • g.Parent meetings with administrators are conducted in English/Spanish
  • h.A DPS electronic school messenger system contacts parents regarding upcoming events in Spanish/English
  • 3.Volunteering

The Park Creek School Improvement Plan addresses a specific plan, goals, and incentives for increasing parent volunteers in the school setting. During the Parent Title 1 meeting in September a parent volunteer sheet will be distributed to parents to sign up as volunteers.

  • 4.Learning at Home

Some of the Park Creek Family Nights are specifically designed to give parents the skills and resources they need to help their children at home. For example, the Family Literacy Night will focus on learning about reading and writing and how to support your student at home. Other family nights will also focus on skills that can also carry over at home.

  • 5.Decision Making

Park Creek School has a School Council. Parents are involved in this organization, which give regular feedback to the school regarding diverse issues, such as the Title I plan, parent involvement and the daily routines of the school. Parental feedback is welcomed and adjustments are made as needed.

  • 6.Collaborating with community
  • Park Creek School has the support of several community organizations and businesses. Park Creek is supported by a full time nurse from the Whitfield County Health Department. Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Home Depot, Kroger, and Box1 inc. are active in supporting Park Creek School.

PART IV: ADOPTION

Park Creek School’s Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon by, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by:

This policy was adopted by Park Creek School on February 9, 2009 and will be in effect for subsequent years. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A students. Park Creek School’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 parents can understand.