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Parent Involvement Policy

San Diego Unified School District

Financial Planning and Development

Financial Planning, Monitoring and Accountability Department

 

Adams Elementary School

Title I Parent Involvement Policy

In the fall, an annual meeting will be held to share with parents a description of the Title I program and its requirements.

Adams Elementary has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from Title I parents.  Discussion at School Site Council Meeting, October 26, 2016 and revisions were made based on input from both stakeholders. Presentation by principal at Family Wednesday, October 5, 2016 includes Powerpoint with all aspects of Title I components.

Policy distributed to parents of Title I students.

Through presentation and discussion at Family Wednesday, SSC, and on school website.

The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) inclusive].

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program

To involve parents in the Title I program at Adams Elementary, the following practices have been established:

·       The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program.
Annual meeting occurs as part of the agenda on Family Wednesday and at School Site Council.

·      The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening.  Family Wednesday occurs in the morning and School Site Council and Site Governance Team are scheduled in the afternoon. Back to School Night and Open House are scheduled as evening meetings. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled on afternoons over a week to accommodate parents’ schedules.

 

·      The school involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, *review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy.  School Site Council and Site Governance Team meet monthly. Monthly Family Wednesday sessions provide Title 1 parents with information and input about budget, programs, curriculum, and other pertinent issues.

 

·      The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.
Monthly Family Wednesday sessions provide Title 1 parents with information and input about budget, programs, curriculum, and other pertinent issues. Documents, such as the School Site Council and Site Governance meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the school website.

 

·      The school provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.  Monthly Family Wednesday sessions provide Title 1 parents with information and input about data of student progress, proficiency levels, attendance, and encourages all parents to attend parent teacher conferences. Learning sessions about Common Core Standards and how to help your child with homework is also provided.

 

·      If requested by parents of Title I students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend Family Wednesday, School Site Council, Site Governance Team, English Learner Advisory Council, Parent Teacher Community Organization meetings to participate in decisions relating to the education of their child. Parents are always welcome to schedule an appointment with the principal with any concerns.

 

 

School-Parent Compact

Adams Elementarydistributes to parents of Title I students a school-parent compact.  The compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  It describes specific ways the school and families will partner to help children achieve the State’s high academic standards.  It addresses the following legally required items, as well as other items suggested by parents of Title I students.

-      The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction

 

-      The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning

 

-      The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class; and opportunities to observe classroom activities

Adams Elementary SSC reviews, revises, and discusses the Home-School Compact before it is distributed to the parents. The principal also reviews the compact with parents at Family Wednesday.

 

Building Capacity for Involvement

Adams Elementary engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices.

·       The school provides Title I parents with assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.  During Family Wednesday, the principal reports information regarding Common Core Standards, the state testing, assessment data, attendance data, and other pertinent information to keep parents informed of assessment and curriculum.

·      The school provides Title I parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement.  The Adams Elementary Parent Learning Academy has been established for the purpose of providing two sessions a month (14 sessions over the year) for parent education. Topics include parenting, curriculum areas, and supporting children to do well in school. All parents are encouraged to attend. Child care and translation is provided. In addition, all parents are encouraged to attend 2 parent teacher conferences to learn about their child’s progress.

 

·      With the assistance of Title I parents, the school educates staff members about the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal partners.
Our Single Plan for Student Achievement outlines a goal for 95% attendance of parents at parent teacher conference, family events, and Family Wednesday.

 

·      The school coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in the following opportunities to be involved at their child’s school: School Site Council, Site Governance Team, English Learner Advisory Committee, Parent Teacher Community Organization, Everyone A Reader Volunteer, Classroom volunteer, Parent Center Volunteer, as well as district meetings such as District Advisory Committee, District English Learner Advisory Committee, Town Hall meetings, and others.

 

·      The school distributes Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I parents in a format and language that the parents understand.
Information is distributed in English and Spanish via monthly newsletter, SchoolMessenger. In addition, the website and Adams Elementary Facebook page are used to communicate with parents.

 

·      The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I parents.  The principal posts her email and phone number for all parents and welcomes all parents to make appointments to ask questions, voice concerns, or make suggestions.

 

 

Accessibility

Adams Elementaryprovides opportunities for the participation of all Title I parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand.  Communication is provided in English and Spanish. Sign language is provided per request. The school has handicapped accessible ramps for anyone needed assistance.