District Parent and Family Engagement Policy
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each school district receiving Title I, Part A funds jointly develops with and distributes to parents a written parent and family engagement involvement policy that contains required information from the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) of 1965.This parent and family engagement policy describes how the district will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities. If you would like to provide input on this policy, please contact Kristy Cansler, Director of Federal Programs, at 641-2453.
The District will:
- Include parents on its Title I Planning Team and involve them in the development of the Title I plan and the process of school review and improvement. Each year the district requests for parents to participate on its Title I planning team and issues an invitation to parents in its fall Title I newsletter.
- Ensure that Title I schools carry out the parent and family engagement and parent notification requirements of the Title I legislation. Each year the district requires each Title I school to involve parents in parent and family engagement activities by allocating Title I funds for parent and family engagement activities, and the district gives each Title I school a Title I newsletter for parents. This newsletter includes the parent notification requirements of the Title I legislation.
- Provide training at the schools and district to help and support schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement activities that will improve student achievement and school performance. Each year the district provides materials to schools and trains facilitators every two years on planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement programs and activities, working with parents as equal partners, and building ties between parents and schools.
- Provide training at the school and district levels to build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parent and family engagement. Each year the district provides materials and every two years trains facilitators on planning and implementing helpful parent and family engagement activities.
- Assist schools in organizing and combining Title I parent and family engagement activities with other parent and family programs such as Head Start, First Steps, and 4-K to better prepare students for school. The district’s pre-school content interventionist works with the district’s pre-school program and other agencies to make sure children are ready for school.
- Conduct a district-wide Title I Parent and Family Engagement Survey each year to evaluate the district’s and schools’ parent and family engagement policies and programs to increase parent participation and to identify reasons parents do not participate in Title I parent and family activities. Each spring surveys are sent to parents by the Office of Federal Programs, and the results of the survey are used to plan for more effective parent and family engagement activities at the district- and school-levels and to adjust the school- and district-level parent and family engagement policies.
- Ensure that Title I schools provide information about school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities in a way parents can understand. The district provides translated documents to Title I schools and, as requested, oral translations for Title I information.
- Ensure that Title I schools help parents understand topics such as the state and local academic assessments, the state’s academic content standards, and the achievement levels students are expected to meet, and how to monitor their child’s progress and work with their child’s teachers. Each year schools host parent conferences and a Title I Annual Meeting to help parents understand the state’s standards and assessments and the requirements of Title I. The district gives schools parent information on how to work with teachers and how to check their child’s progress. Also, the district provides grades, attendance, and discipline referrals on the PowerSchool Parent Portal on the district’s website, and other parent resource links are located on the website.