PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Eastern Senior High School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
· Consistent with section 1118, School will work to ensure that the required school level parental involvement policy that meets the requirements of section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and that the policy includes, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
· School will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and School.
· In carrying out the parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, School 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 in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in language parents understand.
· School will involve the parents in decisions about how the School’s allocation of Title I, Part A parental involvement funds are spent.
· If School’s Local School Plan is not satisfactory to the parents, School will submit any parent comments with the plan when School submits the plan to DCPS.
· School will build its own and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among School, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
· School will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 of NCLB as the parents may request.
· School will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and 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; and
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of NCLB.
PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
1. School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of School’s parental involvement plan under section 1118 of NCLB:
2. School will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of NCLB:
· Parents will be requested to sit on the School’s LSRT Committee.
· Parents will meet regularly to look at the process of increasing all available opportunities to serve the school.
· Parents will be provided information on areas of needs of improvement
§ School will provide for parents to participate in professional development activities that increase parental capacity to aid the academic development of their children
3. School will hold an annual meeting to inform parents of School’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. School will convene the meetings at times convenient for parents and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The School will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting, and will encourage them to attend, by:
4. School will, in a timely manner, provide parents with information about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of School’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet by:
5. School will at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. School will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by :
§ The school will have a variety of Parent and Family forums to discuss suggestions of parents
§ School will hold a Grand Parent Tea that will bring grandparents to the school for dialogue
6. School will provide each parent with an individual student report about the performance of their child on the District assessment in at least math, language arts and reading by:
· School will mail out the test results of all tests along with report cards
7. School will take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002) by:
§ School will utilize the Office of Human Resources as a resource to ensure the timely notification of parents of children who have been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified
8. School will provide assistance to parents of children served by School, as appropriate, in understanding the following topics -
· the District’s academic content standards;
· the District’s student academic achievement standards;
· the District’s academic assessments including alternate assessments;
· the requirements of Part A;
· how to monitor their child’s progress; and
· how to work with educators.
v Eastern will host several workshops centered around the areas listed above.
9. School will 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:
§ School will include a contingent of parents in at least one conference which focuses on improved student achievement and develop a sustainability plan with parents to ensure that essential lessons are implemented and shared with the school community.
§ School will use the District’s resources to produce a newsletter of strategies for parents to participate more fully in their children’s education.
10. School will, with the assistance of its parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff on how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, on 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:
§ School will hold a monthly parent breakfast to establish and maintain teacher-parent rapport.
§ School will devote a portion of its Title I funds to workshops that focus on developing parental partnerships.
11. School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs. School also will conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
· Established a Parent Center where parents can utilize technology
· Allotting a percentage of Title I monies to the maintenance and improvement of the parent resource center
12. School will take the following actions to ensure that information related to School and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to 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:
§ School will develop an e-mail database of parents and send correspondences via postal mail, as well as electronically
§ School will use District resources to translate correspondences as needed
§ School will develop a newsletter
PART III. DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
School also will work to accomplish the following:
· involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training;
· providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if DCPS has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;
· paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in School-related meetings and training sessions;
· training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
· arranging School meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at School in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education;
· adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;
· establishing a School parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs; and
· developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parental involvement activities.
PART IV. ADOPTION
This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents, as evidenced by the signatures below of participating parents and representatives of parent organizations at School.
This policy was adopted by Eastern Senior High School and will be in effect for the period of August 2009 through June 2010. School will distribute this policy to all parents.
(Signature of Authorized Parent)
William C. Chiselom
Principal, Eastern Senior High School