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Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Carson 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.
Carson Elementary School has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from Title I parents, through stakeholder information gathering meetings and School Site Council and Site Governance Team meetings.

It has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students on the first day of each school year in the packet of forms sent home for parent signature and information. 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 Carson Elementary School, the following practices have been established:

·       The school convenes an annual meeting on the first Friday of October or November during Family Friday from 7:45 – 8:30 am, 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.

·      The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I parents, such as Family Friday parent meeting and a weekly parent class each Wednesday providing practices for student improvement.

·      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 through stakeholder information gathering meetings and School Site Council and Site Governance Team meetings.

·      The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs,
through stakeholder information gathering meetings, including monthly Family Friday, weekly parent classes and School Messenger.

·      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 at Back to School night and during parent/teacher conferences.

·      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, through stakeholder information gathering meetings and School Site Council and Site Governance Team meetings.

School-Parent Compact

Carson Elementary School distributes 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

Carson Elementary provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to develop the policy and participate in decisions relating to the education of their children, through stakeholder information gathering meetings and School Site Council and Site Governance Team meetings.  Carson has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students on the first day of each school year in the packet of forms sent home with information and for parent signatures.

 Building Capacity for Involvement
Carson Elementary Schoolengages 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 at Back to School night and during parent/teacher conferences.

·      The school provides Title I parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement during weekly parent classes and monthly Family Fridays.

·      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 during weekly parent classes and monthly Family Fridays.

·      Carson coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts weekly parent meetings to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

·      The school distributes written information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I parents in both English and Spanish and through School Messenger automated phone calls.

·      The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I parents, through stakeholder information gathering meetings, School Site Council and Site Governance Team meetings.

Accessibility

Carson Elementary Schoolprovides opportunities for the participation of all Title I parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information is shared in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand.