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Jackson Parental Involvment Policy

James A. Jackson Elementary School

7711 Mt. Zion Boulevard   Jonesboro, Georgia 30236

Phone: 678-610-4401  Fax: 678-610-4422

 

                              Donna W. Jackson, Ph.D.               Cindy Brackett                   Angela Jenifer                         

                              Principal                                             Assistant Principal           Assistant Principal              

 

 

PART I: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

 

(2016-2017) School Parental Involvement Policy

Revised: (08/29/2016)

 

School: Jackson Elementary School   District/LEA: Clayton County

 

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each school that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy, agreed on by such parents, that contains information required by section 1118 (b)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parental involvement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parental involvement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).

 

The school will adhere to the following as required by law:

 

  • Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the school wide program plan under Section 1114 (b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

  • Update the school parent involvement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school, distribute it to the parents of participating children, and make the parental involvement policy available to the local community.

  • Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, 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, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

  • If the school wide program plan under Section 1114 (b) (2) of the ESEA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.

  • 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:

     

  1. That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.

  2. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.

  3. 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.

  4. The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Section 1118 of the ESEA.

     

     

     

     

    PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOLWIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

     

     

  1. Jackson Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including involvement in the decisions regarding how funds for parental involvement will be used.

 

  • Through PTO meetings, staff and parents will gain knowledge of what it means to be a Title I school and how we become a school-wide Title I school.  The school's set goals and plans for the year will also be discussed.

  • Parents will be involved in the planning and review of improvement of programs for Title I in an organized, ongoing and timely way.  School council meetings will also facilitate this part of our parent involvement plan.  A written notice will be given to all parents of the students identified as needing program services. 

  • Parents will be involved in the decisions regarding how funds for parental involvement will be used through surveys and parent input forms.

 

  1. Jackson Elementary School  will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I Program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ requirements, the school parental involvement policy, the school wide plan, and the school-parent compact.

     

  • Parents will be included in the formation of the school-parent compact, planning process for the school program and Title I Plan, its requirements and their right to be involved in the program during PTO meetings, Annual Title I Meeting, Parental Involvement Policy Meeting, and School Compact Meeting. 

  • Parents will be informed of grade level expectations during a grade level curriculum night, to assure that their child is successful.

  • Jackson Elementary School will assist parents in the understanding of the States academic content standards.

     

  •  Jackson Elementary School will take the following actions to offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning, afternoon, or some evenings.  Three Title I Annual Parent Meetings will take place. In an effort to accommodate all parents we will have these meetings held at three different times and on alternate dates to allow all parents to attend.

     

  • Jackson Elementary School has an open door policy that encourages parents to visit the school.  Our parent involvement meetings are designed to provide them with resources and materials they need to become more effective and actively involved in their children’s education.  We will continue to provide our parents and community with various forms of communication, such as Clayton County parent/student handbook, newsletters, flyers, PTO information, weekly automated “Tune In Tuesday” phone calls, etc.

 

  1. Jackson Elementary School   will take the following actions to provide parents of participating children the following:

  • Timely information about the Title I programs.

  • Opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by parents, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.

     

  1. Jackson Elementary School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children 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 children achieve the state’s high standards. 

     

  • Parents will be given the opportunity to provide input at the School/Parent Compact meeting.  This meeting will be held at different times so that all parents will have an opportunity to attend.

  • Parents will complete a parent input form where they can voice their opinions, make suggestions and express concerns.

  • Parent input forms will also be sent home so that all parents will have an opportunity to participate in the decision making of the school compact. All forms will then be returned back to the school for parent input documentation.

     

  1. Jackson Elementary School will build the school’s and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement 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.

     

  1. Jackson Elementary School will provide assistance to parents of participating children, 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.

    • How to work with educators.                                                                                                           

  • A parent volunteer notebook has been created to solicit parents to be involved in different areas of the school.  Annual volunteer appreciations and recognitions will be held.

  • Annual parent surveys will be given, collected, and calculated to create an analysis of our parents’ concerns and suggestions to ensure that we are serving in the best way possible.

  • Literacy and curriculum nights scheduled and ongoing throughout the school year to involve families in the education of their students.  These nights will have specific goals submitted by our site based facilitator.

     

  • Parents may monitor students’ progress through attending parent conferences where important information is shared. Parents are also encouraged to utilize Infinite campus to monitor student progress.

     

  •  Professional Development will occur during grade level or faculty meetings at the beginning of the school year.  The purpose of the Professional Development workshops is to help faculty and staff work more effectively with parents.

  • Parents will also be invited to attend monthly academic workshops to help them help their child with learning at home.

  1.   Jackson Elementary School  will provide materials and training to help parents to work with their child to improve their child’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement by:

     

  •  Providing a supportive and effective learning by collaborating with the ESOL Department and other student service departments, and facilitate the translation of pertinent information for parents where English is not their first language will be provided to the extent practicable. 

  • Parents and students with disabilities will also be accommodated with collaboration of the Special Education Department at the school and county levels.

  • An annual survey will be sent to parents; the data will be collected.

  • Community resources will be used to strengthen schools, families, and support programs.

  • Partners in Education are encouraged to become involved in the school such as volunteering, mentoring students, and attending parent meetings as guest speakers and resource people.

  • Materials for parents regarding child development, child rearing issues, and how to help your child become successful in school are located in the Parent Resource Center for parents to take advantage of.

  • Information regarding parent workshops, school activities, and other pertinent information will be sent home to encourage parent participation.

 

  1.  Jackson Elementary School  will provide training to educate the teachers, pupil services personnel, principal, and other staff in how to reach out to, communicate, 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 the school by:

     

  • In order to build ties between home and school, formal compacts between parents, school, community, and student will be used to specify everyone’s contributing role in reaching the individual student’s goal.  Parent teacher conferences will be held at least annually to relate individual student’s achievement to compact.  Parents will be informed of their student’s academic progress every week, and a formal progress report will be given to the parents every four weeks.  Parents will be encouraged to participate in their student’s class and observe classroom activities and given the opportunity to suggest other activities that would provide additional parental support. 

 

  • Through faculty meetings and workshops, staff will be oriented on the value of parental support and utilization in the school setting.  Also, staff will gain knowledge about our partners in education and how we can co-labor with them for the success of our students.

     

  1. Jackson Elementary School  will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, 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 by:

     

  • The Parent Liaison will send out flyers throughout the school year encouraging parents to volunteer, attend workshops, and become actively involved in the ongoing programs offered at Jackson Elementary as we continue to promote excellence.

     

  1. Jackson Elementary School  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:

     

  • A parent volunteer data-base has been created to solicit parents to be involved in different areas of the school.  Annual volunteer appreciations and recognitions will be held.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

  1. Jackson Elementary School  will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under Section 1118 as parents may request by:

                                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Annual parent surveys will be given, collected, and calculated to create an analysis of our parents’ concerns and suggestions to ensure that we are serving in the best way possible.

  • Literacy and curriculum nights scheduled and ongoing throughout the school year to involve families in the education of their students.  These nights will have specific goals submitted by our site based facilitator.

 

PART III. DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

 

Indicate which of the following discretionary school parental involvement policy components the school will implement to improve parental involvement.

 

  • Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.

  • Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds if the school has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.

  • Pay 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.

  • Train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents

     

  • To maximize parental involvement and participation in their child’s education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times

  • Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement;

  • Establish a school wide Parent Advisory Council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs.

  • Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

     

    The Title I Parent Liaison has an open door policy where parents can contact her by phone, in person, or by email.  The Parent Liaison is available throughout the day to meet with parents, provide training, and to support learning at home and offer assistance to parents on best methods and ways to work with their children at home.  The Parent Liaison is also available to assist parents with necessary resources to help their child be successful in school. 

     

                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                               

    Dr. Donna Jackson                                                                             August 29, 2016    

    School Principal                                                                                                         Date

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