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Parent Involvement Policy
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Title I Parent Involvement Policy

PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Pleasants County Board of Education agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

1. Pleasants County Schools 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. Consistent with section 1118, Pleasants County Schools will work with its schools to
ensure that the required school- level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of ESEA.

3. Pleasants County Schools will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy
into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
4. In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent
practicable, Pleasants County 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.

5. If Pleasants County Schools’ plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the
ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, Pleasants County Schools will submit any parent comments with the plan when it is submitted to the State Department of Education.
 
6. Pleasants County Schools will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A
schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.

7. Pleasants County Schools will be governed by the following statutory definition of
parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs,
activities and procedures in accordance with his definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular way, and meaningful
communication involving student academic learning and other school activities,
including ensuring
(A) that parents plan 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 ESEA.
8. Pleasants County Schools will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parent Information and Resource Center in the State.

PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED

DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

§ Pleasants County Schools 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:

1. Include parent representatives in a Title I parent advisory capacity

2. Provide Parent Teacher Organizations with information regarding the parent involvement plan

§ Pleasants County Schools will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

1. Parents will be notified of the AYP status of their child’s school annually

2. Parents will be represented on the Five-Year Strategic Plan team

3. Parents will be represented on the LSIC

§ Pleasants County Schools will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing
effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

1. Provide funding for academic parent involvement activities

2. Provide funding for a parent educator resource center coordinator who will work with Title I teachers and Title I parents in planning parent involvement activities

3. Provide communication from Title I schools to Title I parents regarding parent involvement activities

§ Pleasants County Schools will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: Head Start, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters and State-operated preschool
programs, by:

1. Invite parents from the aforementioned programs to participate in countywide parent involvement activities
 
2. Include representatives from aforementioned programs to participate in the county’s Tadpole committee

3. Make services/materials available to the aforementioned parent programs

Pleasants County Schools will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents:

1. 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).

2. 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. This activity will accomplished via the following:
a. Input will be solicited from the parents of Title I children

b. The evaluation device will incorporate the information provided by Title I parents

c. Compilation of results from the evaluation instrument will be done by the Parent Educator Resource Center Coordinator and the Title I advisory committee

d. Results of the evaluation will be made public and share with Title I schools
Pleasants County Schools will build the schools and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a
partnership among the school involved, parents and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

1. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in
understanding topics such as those following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph –

§ 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

2. Parents will be provided with guidebooks for their child’s grade when parents are invited to grade level orientation meetings at the beginning of each school year

3. Parents will be informed of grade reports, their formats, etc., including report cards every nine weeks and progress reports provided on LiveGrades

4. Parents of children participating in the alternate assessment will receive information regarding that instrument at IEP meetings

5. The parents, through trainings and contacts of the Parent Educator Resource Center Coordinator will receive information on how to work with educators, from referring
their child to SAT, to requesting principal/teacher meetings, to requesting evaluations, etc.

6. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:

§ Providing training on how to work with their child in mathematics

§ Providing training on how to work with their child in reading

§ Providing worksheets, puzzles and other academic reinforcers

§ Providing monthly newsletters with information regarding learning activities

7. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate
with, and work 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 schools, by:

§ Providing educators with training regarding working with parents

§ Developing programs that encourage parent and teacher involvement in the child’s education

8. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, 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, by:

§ Utilizing the pre-k collaborative to involve head start parents

§ Utilizing the Parent Educator Resource Center coordinator to develop programs for parent involvement

§ Providing school family fairs and family focus nights
9. The school district 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:

§ All communications sent to parents will be in an understandable and uniform format

§ Communications will be sent in an alternate format that is understandable to parents if requested and/or if necessary

Revised : 9/07


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