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					                                        Hardee
                         LEA Parental Involvement Policy/Plan

                                         2009-2010

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each local educational
agency (LEA) 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). 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
Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) as required in Section 1112(b)(P) of ESEA.

Assurances

By my signature on this policy, I hereby certify that the LEA will comply with the
requirements of the ESEA and agrees to implement the following statutory
requirements:

   The LEA 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 ESEA. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned
and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children;

  Consistent with Section 1118, the LEA 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 LEA will incorporate this LEA 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 LEA 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 [Section 1118(f)];

  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 LEA will submit any parent
comments with the plan when the LEA submits the plan to FLDOE;

   The LEA will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in
decisions about how the one 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


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reserved goes directly to the school, after equitable provisions have been provided to
participating private schools;

   The LEA will be governed by the statutory definition of “parents” and “parental
involvement” defined in Section 9101 (31-32), and expects that it’s Title I schools will
carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition; and

  The LEA will inform parents and parent organizations of the purpose and existence of
both Parent Information and Resource Center(s) (PIRC) in the state.

                     2009-2010 LEA Parental Involvement Policy

Parental Involvement Mission Statement (Optional)



1. Describe the actions the LEA will take to involve parents in the following required
   policies/plans:
 LEA-wide parental involvement policy [Section 1118(a)(2)];
 LEA plan [Sections 1112 (c)(H), 1112(d)(1)];
 School review and improvement under Section 1116 [Sections 1118(a)(2)(A),
   1116(a)(1)(D), 1116(b)(3)(A)]; and
 How the funds reserved for parental involvement will be spent [Section 1118(a)(2)].

   Hardee District will employ each school’s School Advisory Council (SAC) as the
   parent group that will develop the LEA Parent Involvement Policy ( PIP) jointly with
   each Title I school’s staff parent involvement committee, school administration and
   the Director of Student Academic Services and Federal Programs. The preceding
   groups will also be responsible for the evaluation and implementation of the PIP.
   The Director of Student Academic Services and Federal Programs provides
   technical assistance and training to each administrative team on the statutory
   requirements of the School Advisory Council requirements.

   The members of the SAC will be selected by the procedures set forth in the SAC
   bylaws and Florida statute. Each advisory council shall be composed of the principal
   and an appropriately balanced number of teachers, education support employees,
   students, parents, and other business and community citizens who are
   representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school.
   Council members representing teachers, education support employees, students,
   and parents shall be elected by their respective peer groups at the school in a fair
   and equitable manner (FS 1001.452 (1) a).

   The LEA Parent Involvement Policy will be submitted to each SAC to provide review,
   feedback, and evaluation. The information gained from this feedback and evaluation
   will be used to update the plan. The LEA will review and provide feedback to each
   school level on the school PIP before dissemination.



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   Technical assistance is provided to each administrative team and academic
   intervention coaches to review student achievement data and the creation,
   implementation and evaluation of each required plan. The assistant principal at
   each Title I school will serve as the liaison between the LEA and the school level for
   parent involvement. The assistant principal will be trained by the LEA regarding the
   requirements of parent involvement and the required plans. The assistant principal
   will meet with the LEA quarterly for technical assistance and training.

   The LEA plan will be developed by the Director of Student Academic Services and
   Federal Programs with input from each school’s SAC, Academic Intervention
   coaches, Title I school administration, and district-level administration. Each of the
   preceding groups will provide feedback regarding the implementation and evaluation
   of the plan.

   The District Improvement and Assistance Plan will be developed by the Director of
   Student Academic Services and Federal Programs with input from each school’s
   SAC, Academic Intervention coaches, Title I school administration and district-level
   administration. The LEA provides training and technical assistance to each school
   administrative team to develop, monitor and evaluate the school level School
   Improvement Plan.

   At least 95% of the 1% allocation for parent involvement will be sent to the schools.
   The SAC will determine how the expenditure is spent. The funds for parent
   involvement will be spent after the SAC has approved their expenditure.




2. Describe the actions the LEA will take to provide coordination, technical assistance,
   and other support necessary to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and
   implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic
   achievement and school performance [Section 1118(a)(2)(B)]. Include a description
   of the process the LEA will use to review the school-level PIP to ensure compliance
   with all requirements of Section 1118 [34 CFR 200.30(e)].

   The Director of Student Academic Services and Federal Programs will provide
   technical assistance to each Title I school on behalf of the LEA. The director attends
   Title I technical assistance meetings such as Heartland Educational Consortium
   (HEC) and East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC).



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Technical assistance is provided by the LEA (Director of Student Academic Services
and Federal Programs) to the school sites by the following strategies:
1. Training Title I school contacts, assistant principals, in the requirements of
   section 1118 and the Title I parent involvement requirements;
2. Phone calls and e-mails to school administrators as well as school visits; and
3. Quarterly technical assistance and trainings to assistant principals regarding the
   title I parent involvement requirements, implementation, and evaluation.

The assistant principal at each Title I school will serve as the parent involvement
contact at the school level. Quarterly trainings and meetings will be provided by the
LEA to assist in the PIP requirements according to section 1118, policy development
at each school, and implementation of the PIP.

The LEA, Director of Student Academic Services and Federal Programs, will ensure
compliance of the school level PIP by providing technical assistance to the assistant
principal prior to updating the plan. The training will include understanding the
requirements of section 1118 and Title I parent involvement requirements and the
new school template. The assistant principal will in turn train the SAC, school staff,
and the parent involvement committee at each school. The Director of Student
Academic Services will provide training in parent involvement strategies at each
coaches’ meeting. The coaches will share these strategies at school-level best
practices and staff meetings.

 A timeline will be established in order to transition current school PIPs to the new
template by December 2009. An evaluation of the previous year’s plan will be
completed by the SAC and school staff prior to the development and implementation
of the current plan. The assistant principal will train school staff, parent involvement
committee, and the SAC on the requirements and implementation of section 1118
and Title I parent involvement requirements. The LEA will assure by SAC minutes
and agendas that the plan was developed and reviewed at the SAC meeting. The
school level plan will be submitted to the LEA for review before it is disseminated to
parents. The LEA has requested that a parent involvement item be placed on each
SAC agenda, parent newsletter, and staff agenda.

The LEA parent involvement contact attends parent involvement trainings at ECTAC
and then provides technical assistance to the LEA regarding parent involvement.

2009-10 PIP timeline to transition to the new school template:

Oct.-The LEA provides training to the assistant principal regarding section 1118, PIP
development , implementation, and the new school template.

Oct. and Nov.- The assistant principal provides training to the SAC, parent
involvement committee and staff regarding section 1118 requirements and the
development and implementation of the PIP.

Nov. -The school-level PIP is provided to the LEA for review and feedback.



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   Dec. -After review, feedback and revisions, the school-level PIP is distributed to
   parents.

   Quarterly SAC meetings: Agendas and SAC minutes are sent to the LEA to monitor
   PIP implementation.

   April-The LEA and school level will evaluate the LEA PIP and the school-level PIP
   by providing a survey to each SAC member and randomly sent to parents of
   students at Title I schools.

   May- The results from the survey will be reviewed by the SAC, school-level parent
   involvement committee, and administration. Further evaluation will occur by a review
   of evaluations completed by attendees of training events, a review of the number
   and percentage of parents attending events and a review of the events that were
   provided by the school level.

   June-Evaluation results of the school-level and LEA PIP are sent to the LEA for
   review.



3. Describe how the LEA will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies
   from Part A of Title I with other federal programs (including but not limited to Head
   Start, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents as Teachers, Home Instruction
   Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, Parts C
   and D of Title I, Title III, and Part A of Title IV) [Sections 1118 (a)(2)(D) and
   1118(e)(4)].

              Program                                   Coordination

    Title I part C and Title VI   Title I part A, Title VI and Title I part C staff will meet
                                  with migrant parents to build capacity: literacy
                                  strategies will be provided to parents at meetings held
                                  after school hours.
    Title III and Title VI        Title I part A, Title VI and Title III staff will meet with
                                  ELL parents to build capacity: literacy strategies will be
                                  provided to parents at meetings held after school
                                  hours.
    Hardee Federal Programs       The directors of the federal programs will meet
                                  quarterly to collaborate and coordinate events to
                                  eliminate duplication. Directors share schedules of
                                  events to encourage joint participation.
    Transition activities for     Pre-K students visit and tour Title I schools in May of
    pre-k students                each year. School sites provide kindergarten Round-
                                  Ups in which kindergarten information is provided for
                                  parents and students each year.
    Hardee Early Childhood        Directors attend Coalition meetings held at the District
    Coalition                     Training Center. Pre-K teachers participate in the

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                                  Coalition trainings.
    Individuals with Disabilities IDEA ARRA dollars will partner with district and Title I
    Act (ARRA)                    funds to provide parent involvement trainings to build
                                  parent capacity.
    Adult Education               Title I schools will provide information to parents in
                                  newsletters regarding opportunities for parents to
                                  obtain a GED or classes for non-English speakers to
                                  learn English.
    Volunteer Pre-                The LEA Title I office will provide information to parents
    Kindergarten (VPK)            of VPK children and VPK staff regarding kindergarten
                                  standards and assessments.

4. Describe the actions the LEA will take 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 [Section 1118(a)(2)(E)].

   A parent involvement survey will be distributed in April of each year to assist in the
   evaluation and development of the LEA PIP and the school-level PIP. The survey
   will be distributed to each SAC member for completion and randomly sent to parents
   of Title I schools.

   In May the results will be reviewed by each SAC, parent involvement committee,
   school administration and the Director of Student Academic Services and Federal
   Programs.

   Further evaluation will occur by a review of evaluations completed by attendees of
   training events, a review of the number and percentage of parents attending events
   and a review of the events that were provided by the school level.

   Barriers to the implementation of the LEA and school-level PIP will be discussed and
   technical assistance provided at each quarterly LEA and assistant principal meeting.

   Feedback from the preceding groups, after review of the data, will be sent to the
   LEA in June. The results from the surveys and other data will assist in updating the
   LEA PIP.



5. Describe the actions the LEA will take to assist schools to build the schools’ and
   parents’ 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 [Sections
   1118(a)(2)(C), 1118(e)(1-14)].

The LEA will provide technical assistance to school administration regarding the
requirements of the Title I annual meeting. A DOE question and answer document will
be shared as well as the DOE power point to assist in the meeting.


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The LEA will train assistant principals on the requirements and implementation of
section 1118. The assistant principal will then in turn train the SAC and the parent
involvement committee on the requirements of section 1118. The Academic Intervention
coach will train the staff on parent involvement strategies. Barriers to the
implementation of the LEA and school-level PIP will be discussed at School Advisory
Meetings, parent involvement meetings, and at the quarterly technical assistance
meetings provided to assistant principals by the LEA.

Each teacher, on behalf of the LEA, will provide opportunities for parents to conference
regarding the compact, student progress, assessments, and academic achievement
standards. Teachers are available before, during and after school to meet with parents
as well as through planners.

Parents will represent the LEA at various conferences: The ECTAC Parent Involvement
Conference, Heartland Educational Consortium trainings, and any other pertinent parent
training opportunity.

Title I schools offer a minimum of 15 academic focused parent involvement activities as
prescribed in the District Strategic Plan. These activities will build the capacity of
parents by describing and explaining curriculum, academic assessments, and
proficiency levels. To the extent possible, translators will be available at the 15
academic activities. Each school as well as the LEA can communicate with parents via
the Connect Ed system. To the extent possible, the communication is made available in
English and Spanish.

Title I schools and non-title I schools will jointly provide parent trainings at a central
location at least 4 times during SY 0910. These trainings will build capacity to improve
student academic achievement. IDEA ARRA funds and district funds will support these
trainings.

The district and schools’ websites will offer information for parents in the areas of
standards, curriculum and assessments.

Each Title I school will send home a monthly newsletter . The LEA has requested that
each newsletter have a standing article on parent involvement, the school improvement
plan, and Title I.

The LEA will monitor the school level PIP implementation by reviewing the agenda and
minutes of the SAC meetings which are held on a quarterly basis. The Director of
Student Academic Services and Federal Programs will plan quarterly meetings with the
school level administration and coaches to review requirements and implementation of
the school level PIP. Each school will report on their PIP implementation at these
quarterly meetings.

   If all activities will be conducted at the school level, check here   . If checked skip to
   question 7.




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6. If the LEA plans to implement LEA-wide activities, describe the actions the LEA will
   take to build the schools’ and parents’ 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 [Sections 1118(a)(2)(C), 1118(e)(1-14)].

Content of the    Type of Activity         Schools              Correlation to       Timeline
  Session                                Participating            student
                                                                achievement




7. Describe the professional development activities the LEA will, with the assistance of
   its schools and parents, provide to educate staff on the value and utility of
   contributions of parents; how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with
   parents as equal partners; the implementation and coordination of parent programs;
   and how to build ties between parents and the school [Section 1118 (e)(3)].

      Content of the       Target         Expected        Person(s)    Timeline
          Session        Audience         Outcome        Responsible
      PIP               Assistant      PIP that is       Director of  Ongoing
      requirements      Principal at   written in the    Student      throughout
      according to      each Title I   DOE school        Academic     SY 0910
      section 1118,     school         format and        Services and
      policy                           implementation    Federal
      development                      that meets        Programs
      at each school,                  section 1118
      and
      implementation
      of the PIP
      PIP               Parent         Increased         Assistant      Ongoing
      requirements      Involvement    understanding     Principal at   throughout
      according to      Committee:     of the PIP        each Title I   SY 0910
      section 1118,     school         according to      school
      policy            personnel      section 1118
      development                      and increased
      at each school,                  parental
      and                              involvement in
      implementation                   schools
      of the PIP
      PIP               School         Increased         Assistant      Ongoing
      requirements      Advisory       understanding     Principal at   throughout
      according to      Council at     of the PIP        each Title I   SY 0910
      section 1118,     each Title I   requirements      school
      policy            school         according to
      development                      section 1118


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      at each school,                and
      and                            involvement of
      implementation                 the SAC in the
      of the PIP                     creation,
                                     implementation
                                     and evaluation
                                     of the PIP
      Building          School staff Increased          Academic        Ongoing
      capacity of       at each      understanding      Intervention    throughout
      parents in        Title I      of strategies to   Coach           SY 0910
      understanding     school       build capacity
      how they can                   of parents in
      be involved                    understanding
      with schools                   how they can
      and partner                    partner with
      with schools to                schools to
      increase                       increase
      student                        student
      achievement                    achievement
      Increasing the    Parents at   Increased          Guidance
      capacity of       Title I      capacity           counselors
      parents in        schools and building in         and             Ongoing
      understanding     non-Title I  parents            Academic        throughout
      how they can      school       regarding          Intervention    the
      be involved                    parent             Coaches         SY0910
      and                            involvement
      understanding
      of curriculum,
      assessments,
      and proficiency
      levels


8. Describe how the LEA will provide full opportunities for participation in parental
   involvement activities for all parents (including parents of children with limited
   English proficiency, disabilities, and migratory children). Include how the LEA plans
   to share information related to school and parent programs, meetings, school
   reports, and other activities in an understandable and uniform format and to the
   extent practical, in a language parents can understand [Section 1118(e)(5) and
   1118(f)].

   The LEA provides for parent participation through the school level SAC which is
   composed of the principal and an appropriately balanced number of teachers,
   education support employees, students, parents, and other business and community
   citizens who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community
   served by the school. To the extent possible, each SAC has a migrant and ell parent
   as a representative.


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   The district website and each school website provides information to parents such
   as the Student Progression Plan, the LEA Parent Involvement Plan, District
   Intervention and Assistance Plan, School Improvement Plans, and information on
   assessments, curriculum and proficiency levels, etc.

   Each title I school sends home a newsletter on a monthly basis which provides
   information to parents to build capacity in increasing student academic achievement.

   Information related to school and parent programs is provided in an understandable
   and uniform format and to the extent practical in a language that parents can
   understand.

Discretionary LEA Parental involvement Policy Components

The LEA parental involvement policy may include additional paragraphs listing and
describing other discretionary activities that the LEA, in consultation with its parents,
chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school and school
system to support their children’s academic achievement [Section 1118(e)].

   Check here if the LEA does not plan to implement the discretionary parental
involvement activities listed below and skip to the Adoption section.

Check all activities the LEA plans to implement:

  Involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other
educators to improve the effectiveness of that training [Section 1118(e)(6)];
   Providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the
school LEA has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that
training [Section 1118(e)(7)];
   Paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement
activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate
in school-related meetings and training sessions [Section 1118(e)(8)];
  Training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents [Section 1118(e)(9)];
  In order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s
education, arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home
conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating
children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school [Section
1118(e)(10)];
  Adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement
[Section 1118(e)(11)];
   Establishing a LEA-wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters
related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs [Section 1118(e)(12)];



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   Developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses,
including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities [Section
1118(e)(13)]; and
  Providing other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under Section
1118 as parents may request [Section 1118(e)(14)].
9. Describe how the discretionary activities checked above will be implemented.
    Activity           Schools         Correlation to      Person        Timeline
                    Participating          student       Responsible
                                       achievement

Adoption
This LEA 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
documentation of district personnel meeting with schools’ SACs or focus groups: SAC
agendas, sign- in sheets, notes taken at meetings.
The 2009-10 Hardee District Schools’ Parent Involvement Policy was approved by the
school board on Aug. 27, 2009. This updated policy will supersede the policy
approved on Aug. 27, 09 and will be in effect for the 2009-10 school year. The LEA will
distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before
Oct. 30.

                  Sherri Albritton                       Oct. 2, 2009
(Signature of Title I Authorized Representative)           (Date)




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