District_Parental_Involvement_Policy by liamei12345

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									6.11—PARENTAL/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - DISTRICT
The Gurdon School District understands the importance of involving parents and the community as a
whole in promoting higher student achievement and general good will between the district and those it
serves. Therefore, the district shall strive to develop and maintain the capacity for meaningful and
productive parental and community involvement that will result in partnerships that are mutually
beneficial to the school, students, parents, and the community. To achieve such ends, the district shall
work to

1. Involve parents and the community in the development of the long range planning of the district;
A parent and a community member is on the district steering committee for the ACSIP district plan.

2. Give the schools in the district the support necessary to enable them to plan and implement effective
    parental involvement activities;
The district parent facilitator will provide assistance in the implementation of school parent involvement
activities. The district will provide assistance in funding these activities by using funds that are available.
District parent facilitator has been designated, parent facilitator for each school has been funded ($750),
parents and community members are on the 21stCCLC Advisory Committee, Parents and community
members serve on the Wellness Committee and the Coordinated School Health program.

3. Have a coordinated involvement program where the involvement activities of the district enhance the
    involvement strategies of other programs such as Head Start, HIPPY, Parents as Partners, Parents as
    Teachers, ABC, ABC for School Success, area Pre-K programs, and Even Start;
The ABC Pre-K is housed at the Gurdon Primary School. All parental involvement activities include the
ABC parents. Gurdon Primary School personnel attend and participate in the parent meetings for Head
Start and HIPPY.

4. Explain to parents and the community the State’s content and achievement standards, State and local
     student assessments and how the district’s curriculum is aligned with the assessments and how
     parents can work with the district to improve their child’s academic achievement;
Parents will be informed through open house activities for K-8 and orientation for 9-12. Parent nights
will be scheduled at each school site to explain curriculum alignment to state standards, assessments, and
strategies of how parents can help at home. An annual public meeting held yearly will present current
data, comparison to previous year’s data, and school status. At the Task Force meeting this information
will be presented to the community members. Smart Core requirements will be addressed with parents
annually at middle school and high school. Parent will meet with teachers to discuss assessments and
curriculum area weaknesses (AIP meetings with parents). Monthly newsletters will contain a parent
section addressing parenting strategies and tips for helping their child.

5. Provide parents with the materials and training they need to be better able to help their child achieve.
    The district may use parent resource centers or other community based organizations to foster
    parental involvement and provide literacy and technology training to parents.
Each school sites will establish a parent resource center to house materials and resources to foster parent
involvement. Survey will be given out annually to survey parent training needs. Surveys will be analyzed
to address trainings (as funding allows). HAC is required across the district to keep parents aware of
their child’s progress. The district website provides links for parents are sources of information.
6. Educate district staff, with the assistance of parents, in ways to work and communicate with parents
   and to know how to implement parent involvement programs that will promote positive partnerships
   between the school and parents;
The district will provide 2 hours of parental involvement professional development for all certified staff
and invite classified to attend and 3 hours for administrators. Parent facilitators and parents will be
encouraged to attend the Annual Parent Involvement Conference.

7. Keep parents informed about parental involvement programs, meetings, and other activities they
    could be involved in. Such communication shall be, to the extent practicable, in a language the
    parents can understand;
Weekly newsletters for all elementary parents in communication folders, monthly district newsletters,
school’s website (calendar of events), district website (calendar of events), notes home, marquee, local
newspaper, and radio spots will the sources of communication for parent to be aware of scheduled
meetings, programs, and other activities.

8. Find ways to eliminate barriers that work to keep parents from being involved in their child’s
    education. This may include providing transportation and child care to enable parents to participate,
    arranging meetings at a variety of times, and being creative with parent/teacher conferences;
School site facilitators will meet annually with the parents members to address ways to eliminate the
barriers in their review of the existing parent involvement plan for their school.

9. Find and modify other successful parent and community involvement programs to suit the needs of
    our district;
District and school Parent Facilitators will attend annual Parent Involvement Conferences to gather
information about successful parent and community involvement programs. 21stCCLC Coordinator and
the Coordinator School Health Coordinator will also be attending conferences focused on improving
parent involvement to share in the district.

10. Train parents to enhance and promote the involvement of other parents;

Parents will be encouraged to attend conferences and trainings focused on getting parents involved and
strategies that have proven successful in other schools.

11. Provide reasonable support for other parental involvement activities as parents may reasonably
    request.
District support for parent requests will be provided if reasonable with personnel, facilities, and funds if
available. The parent facilitator at each school site would need to request the training after parent
request if received for approval and support at the district level.
To ensure the continued improvement of the district’s parental/community involvement program, the
district will conduct an annual review of its parental involvement policies to examine their affect on
promoting higher student achievement. The review shall be done by a committee consisting of parents
and other community members, certified and classified staff, and member(s) of the administration.

This policy shall be part of the school’s Title I plan and shall be distributed to parents of the district’s
students and provided, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.



Notes: If any school in your district receives Title I aid, NCLB requires you to have a district policy
       covering parental involvement for the parents of students served under the program. Because
       your district is required to “develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents of
       participating children a written parent involvement policy,” this model policy is designed to be a
       starting point to be used in the development of your final policy. The NCLB Act requires the
       basics of the introduction and the last two paragraphs as well as items-#1 – 7 and #11. Items #8 –
       10 are proposed in the act, but not mandatory. Act 603 of 2003 creates 6-15-1701, 1702, and
       1703 which requires each district to develop a parental involvement plan (rather than a policy) in
       collaboration with parents. The law is written as if it was the “plan,” is very detailed, and full of
       “shalls” going far beyond the requirements of this policy required by NCLB. Be sure to have
       several copies of the law handy when working out the details of your district’s parental
       involvement plan.




Legal References:         20 U.S.C. § 6318 (a)(2),(A),(B),(D),(E) (NCBL Act of 2001, Section 1118)
                          20 U.S.C. § 6318 (e)(1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6),(8),(9),(10),(11),(13),(14) (NCBL Act
                          of 2001, Section 1118)



Date Adopted: 8/17/04
Last Revised: 1/17/06

								
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