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2016 Parent Involvement Plan
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

  

   
   

 

   
   

 

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES

No Child Left Behind Act (Section 1118(a)(2)

Oxford City School System 2016 – 2017

 

PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Oxford City School System agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

·         The school district 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 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 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 school district will incorporate this LEA parental involvement plan 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 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 involvement 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 involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement 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. DESCRIPTION

 

 

1.   The Oxford City School System will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its LEA parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

·         Convene an annual meeting inviting all parents of participating children at a time and place convenient to the community to inform parents of Title I participation, its requirements, and parents’ right to be involved;    

·         Include parents across the district in its advisory council;

·         Include parents in the development of school Continuous Improvement Plans;

·         Include parents in the development of the System Strategic Plan;

·         Incorporate a written parent involvement policy;

·         Value parental input in the school improvement plan;

·         Involve parent advisory council members in reviewing the previous year’s school-parent compact and the current state template; offer other parents an opportunity to review the document at the first parent meeting of a school year and give comments to the parent council; print and send home the revised compact in the weekly student/parent folder to be returned to the child’s teacher for use in conference throughout the year.    

 

2.   The Oxford City School System will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

·         Conduct local surveys to gather input, reactions, and suggestions from parents;

·         Share data to help parents understand the status of the school system;

·         Review the plan annually with the Title I Parent Involvement Council to revise as needed;

·         Utilize School Continuous Improvement Plans as a guide in formulating written policies;

·         Plan and maintain a comprehensive school-parental involvement program.

 

3.    The Oxford City School System will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

·         Schedule parent workshop/meetings times to alternate between mornings and evenings to offer flexibility to parents according to their own schedules;      

·         Send a school Continuous Improvement Plan synopsis home in weekly student/parent folders and invite parents to respond to the newsletter by providing a form to return in the weekly folder;    

·         Educate parents in the interpretation of yearly assessments;

·         Educate parents in monitoring their children‘s academic progress;

·         Encourage parents to work with educators to improve their children’s performance.

                  

4.   The Oxford City School System will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under Head Start by:

·         Consulting with Head Start and preschool representatives as appropriate to plan school transitions;

5.   The Oxford City School System will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement plan in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement 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 school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement plan and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.

 

The evaluation will be conducted with Title I Parent Advisory Council Members and school representatives. Information from locally conducted surveys will also be used.

 

 

PART III. DISCRETIONARY COMPONENTS

 

      The Oxford City School System will build the schools’ and parent’s 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, through the following activities specifically described below:

 

A. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph --

 

·         the State’s academic content standards,

·         the State’s student academic achievement standards,

·         the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,

·         the requirements of Part A,

·         how to monitor their child’s progress, and

·         how to work with educators.

 

B. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:

 

·         working with schools to determine materials needed to provide parent workshop;

·         providing professional leave for personnel to plan activities for parents.

    

C. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil 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, by:

·         leading discussions during monthly Administrative Team Meetings;

·         providing training in quarterly Assistant Principal Academy workshops;

·         soliciting input from Title I Parent Council Members.

 

D. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start and private 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, by participating in school transition planning.

 

E. The school district will take the following actions to 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 by:

·         Employing a translator for Spanish and utilizing TransAct to provide information in parents’ native language;

·         Providing personnel to assist in conducting orientation programs for non-English speaking parents in coordination of the same programs offered in English;

·         Using the Monday folders sent home to all parents in the three K-4 Title I school-wide programs for communication in addition to information posted on school and system web sites.

 

PART IV. APPROVAL

 

This LEA Parental Involvement plan has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by May 15, 2014, meeting notes from the Title I Parent Council. The school district will post this plan to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before October 15, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               

                                      

 

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