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									                   Dumas School District Wide Parental Involvement Policy

 In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each local educational agency (LEA or
school district) that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to,
parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy that contains information required
by section 1118(a)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (district wide parental
involvement policy). The policy establishes the LEA’s expectations for parental involvement and describes
how the LEA will implement a number of specific parental involvement activities, and is incorporated into
the LEA’s plan submitted to the State educational agency (SEA).

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PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
The Dumas School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
   The school district 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.

    Consistent with section 1118, the school district 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 the ESEA.

    The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its LEA
    plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.

    In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable,
    the school district and its 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.
   If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not
   satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent
   comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of
   Education.

   The school district 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.

   The school district 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 this definition:

                       Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and
                       meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school
                       activities, including 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 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; and
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED
            DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS


1. The __Dumas School District______ 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) Schedule a Parent Involvement lunch meeting at the Parent Center for Thursday, September 1st at
11:30 a.m.

         (2) Parent Facilitators will compare the volunteer list to the names of Title I, Part A students and select
at least one parent from each grade level to make a personal contact to invite to the committee

         (3) Susan Stewart will prepare an invitation to follow-up with designated parents, and to invite
administrators in the district. She will also coordinate the ordering and pick up of the food from Subway; she
will also take care of the paper goods and drinks.

        (4) Darlene Montgomery will prepare the agenda which will consist of each campus facilitator
reporting on current ACSIP activities, parents reporting on their needs, and collaboratively developing parental
involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance (utilizing the sample
template provided by the AR Department of Education).

2. The __Dumas School District________ will take the following actions to involve parents in the process
    of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

         Conduct annual assessments of the effectiveness of Parental Involvement Programs and the efficient
use of academic and non-academic activities by keeping a sign-in sheet for all parental involvement activities
and visits to the parent center in order to calculate the number of parental involvements for the year.
*****During the 2009-2010 school year which was the base year, the following parental engagements were
logged: MUFFINS WITH MOMS 560; DADS' DAY 660; FALL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
VISITS TO THE PARENT CENTER 72; SPRING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE VISITS TO THE
PARENT CENTER 37; CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 154; HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE 44; INDIVIDUAL
PARENT CENTER VISITS 80; FINANCIAL AID NIGHT 55 and FAMILY NIGHT 450; TOTAL
PARENTAL ENGAGEMENTS LOGGED BY THE PARENT CENTER 2,112. ******The goal for the
following year will be to increase the number of parental engagements.

3. The Dumas School District 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:

        Administrative support for schools in school improvement will be provided through funds used to
support 1) career action planning program to assist high school students and their parents with their
graduation plans and career readiness; 2)Professional development in all facets of the curriculum in order to
improve instruction; 3) Purchase of materials and supplies to support professional development; 4) The
employment of a .50 FTE Literacy Instructional Facilitator (Linda Weatherford) who will assist in curriculum
alignment with state curriculum documents, alignment of classroom assessment with statewide exams,
instructional strategies, professional development and implementation of training, choosing standards-based
instructional materials, understanding of current research, advantageous arrangement of the instructional day,
and integrating technology into instruction. Funds are budgeted in the high school plan.

4. The Dumas School District will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A
    with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: [Insert programs, such as:
    Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents As Teachers, Home Instruction
    Program for Preschool Youngsters, and State-operated preschool programs], by:

         PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM TRANSITIONS: The District will coordinate and integrate services
provided to all preschool programs (both public and private) including plans for the transition of program
participants into the elementary school programs. Transition plans include activities for children with
disabilities, migrant children, neglected children, and children of families in transition (homeless) in order to
increase program effectiveness, eliminate duplication, and reduce fragmentation of the instructional program.
For example, the pre-kindergarten and elementary instructional staff has routine meetings to discuss
continuous curriculum plans. In addition, the local Headstart Centers and private preschool programs visit the
campus and have lunch with school staff and students.

5. The Dumas School District_ will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents,
    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). 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 (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement
    policies:

       (1) Parents don’t know the flexible hours of the Parent Center; therefore, they may not be taking full
advantage of the center’s resources. The scheduled hours for parent teacher conferences have been barriers to
parent involvement. The school will include more efficient use of website, update website, and use of EdLine.
Parent Teacher conferences do not provide enough time to visit multiple campuses so parents should be made
aware of teachers’ conference periods.

      (2) Language barriers require interpreters at Parent Teacher conferences. It was noted that the
Department of Human Services might be a source for an interpreter.

      (3) More input from parents is both wanted and needed with regard to involvement, development and
implementation of the plan. Coordination is the key to this implementation.

       (4) Work with HeadStart and HIPPY in creating new parental involvement strategies.

       (5) Social Media is another source for reaching parents.

       (6) Training for parents is needed in technology and parenting skills.

       (7) Use a variety of means to get information to parents.

1. The ___Dumas School District___________ 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:
        A. 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 the 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:

        VOLUNTEERS - Conduct training annually for volunteers who assist in instructional programs for
parents, in accordance with Act 397 of 2009. Conduct a parent volunteer survey and provide teachers with a
volunteer resource book which lists interests and availability of volunteers. Activities are included to increase
parental participation in educational programs and their child's education.

        Dumas School District will support each school in implementing activities for building capacity by:
**** (A) Providing a PARENT COMPACT and providing assistance to parents in understanding content how
to monitor a child's progress toward standards, academic assessments and etc. **** (B)PARENTAL
ENGAGEMENT - Providing materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve
academic achievement. **** (C) Educating teachers, principals, and other staff in the importance of effective
communication, value and utility of contributions of parents. **** (D) Coordinating and integrating parent
involvement programs and activities such as Dad's Day Lunch, Muffins with Mom, Halloween Bingo,
Christmas Open House, Family Night and etc. **** (E)Ensuring that information related to school and parent
programs is sent to parents to the extent practical in a language parents can understand. **** (F) Providing
other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

       PEER REVIEW: Organize a collaborative group of teachers, parents and community representatives
and administrative staff to meet annually to conduct peer reviews, monitor and update the School Improvement
Plan.

        B. 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:

        TITLE I 6501 - Provide funds to support the Parent Center. This exceeds ACT 307. The Parent
Center will provide materials that inform parents of parenting skills, study skills and other informational
items that support the School Improvement Plan. The Center will also provide information to parents about
how to be involved in the decisions affecting course selection, career planning, and preparation for
post-secondary opportunities

        C. 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:

        COLLABORATION - Provide joint collaboration with parents, community stakeholders, teachers, etc.,
ensuring that parents and community members are actively engaged in contributing to the development of
ACSIP by conducting monthly meetings of the Title I ACSIP Curriculum Committee Task Force for Closing
the Achievement Gap. Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way and
meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including
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 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.

        PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT - Provide materials and training to help parents work with their
children to improve academic achievement.
        D. 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:

        Prepare parents and students for Kindergarten using Instructional Assistants from the HIPPY
           (Home Instruction Program for Pre-School Youth) Program. **

        E. 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:

         Inform parents and community about district programs, activities, accomplishments and goals at the
Report to Public Meeting on September 28, 2010. Train parents on issues involving violence, drugs and
alcohol abuse. Provide information on positive behavior supports and management. Create, collage and
contribute information for parents to the district newsletter to inform parents of upcoming events, available
resources, and tips for incorporating developmentally appropriate learning activities in the home. Advertise
the placement of parenting books, magazines and other information in the school library, giving parents the
opportunity to borrow the materials. Publish tips for parents and students, announcements, assessments and
scholarship deadlines and other information on DHS parent e-mail list serve to demonstrate the school's and
the district's commitment to parental involvement and engagement. Host "Parent Center Open-House" to
report on the state of the school and give a report on what student will be learning, how students will be
assessed, what parents should expect for their child's education and how parents can assist and make a
difference. Provide Informational Packets to parents in order to inform them of learning expectations and
strategies to use when helping their children, tips for how parents can foster their child's success and contact
employers about including these with payroll checks.

         Utilize an automated calling system in support of parental engagement, by keeping parents informed
of activities like HIPPY Night hosted by The Parent Center, Family Night, Parental Involvement Committee
meetings, upcoming events, available resources, tips for incorporating developmentally appropriate learning
activities in the home, and to enable the formation of a Parent Teacher Association.

       POLICIES / PROGRAMS: Administrative support for schools to develop policies / programs to
improve student achievement will be provided by utilizing the leadership of the Parent Center Coordinator
and Parent Facilitators who serve as liaisons between the staff/parents and the superintendent and Board of
Education in program and policy development.

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PART IV. ADOPTION

This District wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with,
parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by
______________________.

This policy was adopted by the __Dumas School District __ on __                 ______ and will be in effect
for the period of _2011-2012______. The school district will distribute this policy to all parents of
participating Title I, Part A children on or before _________________.



                                     (Signature of Authorized Official)


                                                   (Date)

								
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