District Parent Involvement Policy

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Weber School District

Title I- Parent Engagement Policy

2018-2019

          Weber School District has always regarded parental engagement vital to the success of students at each school.  Title I schools are committed to close the achievement gap for all students with particular attention paid to economically disadvantaged, disabled, limited English proficiency, limited literacy, or those of any racial or ethnic minority background. We are committed to engaging our parents and families by coming together, working side by side, listening, and providing regular personalized communication.

 

           Weber School District involved parents in the development of this written policy.  The policy describes both parent engagement expectations and Weber School District’s role in involving parents, providing support for parents, coordinating parent engagement in schools, and evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in improving the academic quality of schools.  The policy will be distributed to parents of participating children.

                    PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS  

Weber School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:  

  • The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the engagement 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 engagement 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 engagement policy into its Local Education Agency (LEA) plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental engagement 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 engagement 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 engagement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental engagement  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;

(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

PART II.  POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

Weber School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the evaluation of this district wide parental engagement  plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:  

  1. Annually the Weber Title I Director will organize a committee including parents of students in Title I Schools, and at least one teacher and principal from Title I Schools.  This committee will be provided materials and training needed to review and evaluate the policy and plans included.  The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental engagement 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 review will be completed prior to the beginning of the upcoming school year.
  2.  Weber School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA. M
  3.  Whenever a Weber Title I School is identified for school improvement or review, the School Community Council (includes parents) will participate according to statute in the required activities aimed at improving the school.

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences, Back to School Night, Open House, School Community Celebrations, Kindergarten Readiness, Parent/Community Presentations, Literacy Nights, Math Nights, Arts Nights, and other programs aimed at improving parent capacity.
  2. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental engagement programs and activities with, United Way, Weber Mental Health, community and city sponsored events, and other agencies that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
  3. The school district will 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. Each school will identify and share with parents various opportunities for engagement in the education of their children.  
  4. Each school will support families in need of additional parent training, engagement, and motivation. Each school will implement strategies to support success with these families, such as: engagement in Parent Teacher Conferences, various family activity nights, and parenting classes. Successful strategies in this area will be shared with other Title I schools in the district.
  5. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, student 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.
  6. The school district will engage families so they understand what their child should know and be able to do. Families will also know how well their child is doing so they can take action at home to support what their child is learning each day.

PART III.  PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT  POLICY COMPONENTS

 Weber School District-

(1) shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;

(2) will listen to parents and  learn what parents think, dream, and worry about in an effort to gain partners in education.

(3) shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental engagement;

(4) shall educate teachers, student services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners: working side by side with parents to, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school through regular personalized communication, and modeling of learning support strategies.

(5) shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent engagement programs and activities with Head Start, 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;

(6) shall 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;

(7) may involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training;

(8) may provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the local educational agency has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training;

(9) may train parents to enhance the engagement of other parents;

(10) may arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental engagement and participation;

(11) may adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental engagement;

(12) may establish a districtwide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental engagement in programs supported under this section;

(13) may develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent engagement activities; and

(14) shall provide such other reasonable support for parental engagement activities under this section as parents may request.

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