File:  IGBC

 

PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

 

Generally

                                                                                                                        

The Alleghany County School Board recognizes that the education of each student is a responsibility shared by the school and the student’s family. The Alleghany County School Board endorses the parent and family engagement goals of Title I (20 U.S.C. § 6318) and encourages the regular participation by parents and family members of all children including those eligible for Title I and English learner programs in all aspects of those programs.

 

In keeping with these beliefs, the Alleghany County School Board cultivates and supports active parent and family engagement in student learning. The Alleghany County School Board:

·        provides activities that educate parents regarding the intellectual and developmental needs of their children. These activities promote cooperation between the division and other agencies or school/community groups (such as parent-teacher groups, the Head Start program, the Reading First program, Early Reading First program, Even Start program, and Parents as Teachers program) to furnish learning opportunities and disseminate information regarding parenting skills and child/adolescent development

·        implements strategies to involve parents in the educational process, including:

o   keeping families informed of opportunities for involvement and encouraging participation in various programs

o   providing access to educational resources for parents and families to use with their children

o   keeping families informed of the objectives of division educational programs as well as of their child’s participation and progress with these programs

·        enables families to participate in the education of their children through a variety of roles. For example, family members may 

o   provide input into division policies

o   volunteer time within the classroom and school program

·        provides professional development opportunities for teachers and staff to enhance their understanding of effective parent involvement strategies

·        performs regular evaluations of parent involvement at each school and in the division

·        provides access, upon request, to any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum

·        if practicable, provides information in a language understandable to parents

 

In addition, for parents of students eligible for English learner programs, the School Board informs such parents of how they can be active participants in assisting their children

·        to learn English;

·        to achieve at high levels in core academic subjects; and

·        to meet the same challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

 

Parental Involvement in Title I Plan

 

The Alleghany County School Board encourages parents of children eligible to participate in Title I, Part A, programs to participate in the development of the Board’s Title I plan. Parents may participate by

 

§  Provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or district, as applicable in understanding topics such as Virginia’s academic content standards and student academic achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve achievement for their children;

§  Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;

§  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; and

§  Provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

 

Parental Involvement in School Review and Improvement

 

The Alleghany County School Division encourages parents of children eligible to participate in Title I, Part A, and English learner programs to participate in the process of school review and, if applicable, the development of support and improvement plans under 20 U.S.C. § 6311(d)(1) and (2). Parents may participate by

 

Parent Advisory Committees at the school and district level;

§  Textbook adoption committees;

§  Parent Teacher Organization and/or Parent Teacher Association at each school;

§  Open computer labs;

§  Volunteer programs;

§  Parent conferences; and

§  Newsletters.

 

Division Responsibilities

 

The Alleghany County School Division and each school which receives Title I, Part A, funds:

 

The Alleghany County School Division, and each school which receives Title I, Part A, funds, MAY:

 

School Parent and Family Engagement Policies

 

Each school served under Title I, Part A, jointly develops with and distributes to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy, agreed on by such parents, that describes the means for carrying out the following:

·        offering a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening. Schools may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement

-        timely information about Title I, Part A, programs;

-        a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the achievement levels of the challenging state academic standards; and

-        if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and responding to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible

 

Parent and Family Involvement in Allocation of Funding

 

Parents and family members of children receiving services under Title I, Part A, are involved in the decisions regarding how funds provided under Title I, Part A, are allotted for parental involvement activities.

 

Policy Review

 

            The School Board conducts, with the meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy in improving the academic quality of all schools served under Title 1, Part A, including identifying

·        barriers to greater participation by parents (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 needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with school personnel and teachers; and

·        strategies to support successful school and family interactions.

 

Adopted:          June 19, 2017

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Legal Refs.:     20 U.S.C. §§ 6312, 6318.

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, § 22.1-78.

 

Cross Refs.:    AD                               Educational Philosophy

BCF                             Advisory Committees to the School Board

IAA                              Notification of Learning Objectives

IKA                              Parental Assistance with Instruction

 

 

 

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