Parent Involvement with Title I

NEPN/NSBA Code: KBF

The Yarmouth School Committee endorses the parent involvement goals of Title I and encourages the regular participation by parents/guardians in all aspects of the district’s Title I programming. 

Annually, parents/guardians will have opportunities to participate in the evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the District’s parent involvement policy, to use the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parent involvement, and to make revisions to the policy.

A. Parent Involvement in Title I Programming:

The District will involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programming.

The District will provide parents of students participating in Title I programs:

  1. Timely information about Title I programming;
  1. A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and
  1. If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions; to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and to respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.

B. School-Parent Compact:

The District shall jointly develop with parents of participating students a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help participating students achieve the state’s high standards. Such a compact shall:

  1. Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables participating students to achieve the state’s academic achievement standards and the ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their children’s classrooms; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time;
  1. Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum, annual parent/teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress, reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their children’s classroom, and observation of classroom activities.

C.   Parent Involvement Meetings:

Each school receiving Title I funds shall convene an annual meeting to which all parents/guardians of eligible children shall be invited to inform them about the school’s participation in Title I and to involve them in planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programming and the parent involvement policy.

In addition to the required annual meeting, other meetings shall be held at various times of the day and/or evenings, if necessary, for parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programming.

These meetings shall be used to provide parents with:

  1. Information about Title I programming;
  1. A description of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency level students are expected to meet;
  1. Opportunities to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children; and
  1. The opportunity to submit comments to the superintendent if they are dissatisfied with the Title I programming.

 Title I funding, if sufficient, may be used to facilitate parent/guardian attendance at meetings through the payment of transportation and childcare costs.

D. Parent Relations:

Parents/guardians of children identified for participation in a title I program shall receive from the building principal and Title I staff an explanation of why their child was selected and a description of the goals and services that will be provided. Parents will receive regular reports of their child’s progress and be provided opportunities to meet with the classroom and Title I teachers. Parents will also receive training, materials, and suggestions as to how they can assist in the education of their children at home.

E. Delegation of Responsibility:

The superintendent or designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the school district’s Title I plan, programming and parent involvement policies comply with applicable law and regulations to implement this policy.

Legal References: 20 U.S.C. § 6318

Adopted: March 11, 2004

Revised: December 8, 2011, February 7, 2019