Title I requires districts and schools to assist parents to better support their children's academic growth. Our district Parent Involvement Policy and Procedure describe how we do that, and the important role parents play in their children's education.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS Title I, Part A: Parental Involvement
The board recognizes that parent involvement contributes to the achievement of academic standards by students participating in district programs. The board views the education of students as a cooperative effort among school, parents and community. The board expects that its schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with the statutory definition of parental involvement. Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring that parents:
A. Play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
B. Participate and are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; and
C. Become 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.
Additionally, to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community, the board adopts as part of its policy the following guidance for parent involvement at each school assisted by Title I, Part A funds:
1. Provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or district, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as:
a. The state’s academic content standards and state academic achievement standards;
b. State and local assessments;
c. The requirements of Title I, Part A; and
d. How to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
2. Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parent involvement.
3. Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents. Topics that need to be addressed include:
a. How to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners;
b. How to implement and coordinate parent programs; and
c. How to build ties between parents and schools.
4. Coordinate and integrate, to the extent feasible and appropriate, parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs. Conduct activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
5. Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
6. Provide reasonable support for parent involvement activities that parents may request.
Cross Reference: Procedure 4215P Title I, Part A: Parental Involvement
Legal Reference: Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by Every Child Succeeds Act, P.L. 114-95, Section 1116
Adopted: June 22, 2004
Revised: March 2008
Revised: December 9, 2008
Updated: January 2012
Revised: January 12, 2016
Updated: March 2017
Updated: September 2017