Parent Involvement Policy



Pine Grove School

900 Pine Grove Road

Crescent City, CA 95531

707-464-0350



Parent Involvement Policy

 

Pine Grove School has developed a written Title I parent involvement policy with input from Title I parents and family members.  Input for this policy is through annual Title I parent meetings, parent surveys, School Site council and English Learner Advisory Council meetings.


The policy is distributed to parents of Title I students at every parent group meeting, the Parent/Guardian Rights handbook and various parent events.  It is also available on the school website and in hard copy format in the main office.


Pine Grove’s policy supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.  This policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parent and family engagement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(c),-(g) inclusive].


  1. Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program


To involve parents and family members in the Title I program at Pine Grove School, the following practices have been established:

  1. Pine Grove School convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited to attend and encouraged to attend, to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I program and to explain the requirements, and the right of the parents to be involved. (20 USC 6318 (c)(1)).   This meeting is held during the Back-to-School Night each year.


  1. Pine Grove School offers a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with Title I funds, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parent involvement. (20 USC 6318 ©(2)).  Parent meetings are held during school hours and in the evenings to accommodate parents. These meetings include; Back-to-School nights, Parent/Guardian conferences, ELAC meetings and School Site Council meetings.


  1. Pine Grove School involves parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan. (20 USC 6318 (c)(3)).  Parents are involved in the planning, monitoring, and modification involved with the Title I program, primarily through school surveys. Representatives from parent groups work with the School Site Council to analyze data, monitor progress and, when necessary, make modifications to the instructional program at Pine Grove both through the school site plan and the parent involvement policy.


  1. Pine Grove School provides parents of participating students with:

    1. timely information about Title I programs. (20 USC 6318 (c)(4)(A))  Parents are informed at Back-to-School nights, Open house, School Site Council meetings, ELAC meetings, Parent/Guardian conferences and through school and district website announcements and the school newsletters.

    2. a description and explanation of curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency and levels expectations students are expected to meet.   This information is given to parents at Back-to-School nights, Open house, one-on-one Parent/Guardian conferences and through school and district website announcements and the school newsletters.   Additionally,. The site administration has adopted an open door policy to foster authentic two-way communication with our parents and community members.

    3. if requested by parents of Title I parents, Pine Grove School provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.  This is done through the open-door policy, Online questions and concerns form on the Principal page, pre-arranged meetings with site administration or staff, Parent/Guardian conferences and invitations to parents to volunteer in the classroom.


  1. If the schoolwide program plan 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. (20 USC 6318 (c)(5))


II.  School-Parent Compact


Pine Grove School has jointly developed with and distributed to parents of Title I students, a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  It also describes how the school and parents will develop a partnership to help children reach proficiency on the California content standards. The school-parent compact describes the following items in addition to the items added by parents of Title I students:


  • The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction.


  • The parent’s responsibility to support their children’s learning.


  • The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at least, annual conferences, reports on student progress, access to staff, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in and observe the educational program.


III. Building Capacity for 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, each school and local educational agency assisted with Title I, Part A funds, the school has established the following practices:


  1. The school provides parents with assistance in understanding such topics as the challenging State academic standards, State and local assessments, the requirements of Title I, Part A, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children. (20 USC 6318 (e)(1)).

  2. The school provides parents with materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement. (20 USC 6318 (e)(2)).  This is supported by presentations at Back-to-School night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Parent Involvement Nights.

  3. The school educates teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, other school leaders, 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, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.  (20 USC 6318 (e)(3)). This is supported by Staff trainings and Grade level collaboration.

  4. The school, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinates and integrates the parent involvement programs and activities with other Federal, State and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children. (20 USC 6318 (e)(4)).  This is supported by monthly school newsletters, our school’s Facebook page and website, and through annual Parent-Teacher conferences and contacts.

  5. The school ensures that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to parents is sent in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. (20 USC 6318 (e)(5)).  This is supported by providing opportunities for the participation of all parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand.  This includes auto-phoning and mailings in the correspondence languages, newsletters, webpage and Facebook notifications.

  6. The school provides such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. (20 USC 6318 (e)(14)).  This is supported by yearly Parent Involvement plans, School Site Council activities, and Parent Teacher Organization activities.


IV.  Accessibility


Pine Grove, to the extent practicable, provides opportunities for the informed participation of all parents and family members (including parents and family members with limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory students) including providing information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand. This is supported by the use of translators and assistance through the Special Education Department.



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