Title 1

District Wide Parent & Family Engagement Policy 2017-2018

*          *          *          *          *

 

PART I.         GENERAL EXPECTATIONS  

The   Jim Thorpe Area School District   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 district wide parental involvement policy 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.

  • The school district will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resource Center in the State.

 

PART II.        DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS  

 

1.   The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parent and family engagement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

 

  1. Annual Title I Parent Meetings in the fall
  2. Offered Title I Parent Conferences at end of eah quarter—in person, by phone or email
  3. District Title I Parent Council Meetings/Policy Review
  4. On-going written notices and Annual End-of-Year Survey and Summary Report via Title I Communication Envelope and/or Report Card Envelope
  5. Conferences at any time upon parent request
  6. Extend an invitation for a parent liason from St. Joseph’s Regional Academy
  7. Title I input at Tiers 2 and 3 RtII/MTSS meetings

 

 

2.   The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

 

  1. Press releases stating the status of School Performance Profile (SPP).
  2. District Report Card posted on-line by Pennsylvania Department of Education
  3. District website provides information in a clear manner and provides links to state and federal sites
  4. District and/or Building Parent Meetings in which SPP and other matters are discussed—Meet the Teacher Night, Board Meetings/Notices, PTA Communications, Principal’s Newsletter

 

 

3.    The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   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: 

 

  1. Allocation of funds in Title I Grant application for parent involvement
  2. Scholarship may be awarded for a parent representative to attend the annual State Parent Advisory Council Conference, if held
  3. Provide Reading and Math Family Nights
  4. Posting of policies, activities and suggestions for successful home-based strategies on district website
  5. Information and provision for annual order from the PA Title I Parental Information and Resource Center
  6. District sponsored Summer School

 

 

4.   The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs:

  1. a.S.H.I.N.E.
  2. Carbon County Right From the Start (CCRFTS)/Parents As Teachers
  3. Jim Thorpe Pre-K Counts
  4. PTA
  5. Strengthening Families Program/PROSPER Program, Alert Now
  6. Response to Intervention and Instruction (RtII/MTSS)
  7. Head Start
  8. School Wide Positive Behavior Support
  9. Elementary Student Assistance Program
  10. Community Liason to the School Board
  11. District Summer Reading Program held at Penn Kidder Campus
  12. Summer Program sponsored by the Rotary held at Memorial Park

 

 

5.   The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy 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 policy 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.

 

  1. Annual Title I Parent Survey sent in Title I Envelopes
  2. Summary report of Parent Survey sent to parents
  3. Ongoing email, phone and written correspondences kept on file by Title I staff
  4. Parent meetings offered at varying times and dates with record of attendance filed
  5. Translate policies and documents into languages other than English, as needed

 

 

  1.  The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   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:

 

  1. Parent representation at annual State Parent Advisory Council Conference, if held
  2. Provision of information on scholarship available to attend annual State Parent Advisory Council Conference if district qualifies
  3. Information regarding use of the State Parental Information and Resource Center
  4. Annual Title I Parent Conferences and progress reports
  5. Annual Title I Parent Meetings held at various locations and times to provide verbal and written material describing programs
  6. Information dissemination at Meet the Teacher Night, Kindergarten registration/testing and other parent meetings
  7. Title I Program pamphlet and introductory letter sent to parents of all qualifying students
  8. STAR Math testing reports for grades 2-7
  9. STAR Reading/Early Literacy testing reports for grades K-6
  10. Accelerated Reader reports sent home quarterly

 

 

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: 

    

  1. State Parent Advisory Council Conference information published and scholarships offered, if held
  2. Numerous publications and parent resources made available at frequent meetings and via student mail
  3. District website provides information and additional links
  4. Parent training regarding district programs

 

 

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: 

 

a.  Funding allocated annually for professional development purposes

b.  In-service training provided on an on-going basis to all staff

c.  Specialists available to all staff as needed to provide assistance and supplemental materials for Title I Students

d.  Ted Talk video shown at Parent Meeting

 

 

D.  The school district 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, 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:

 

  1. Program information published in local newspapers, on district website and sent by school via student envelopes
  2. Information announced at annual Meet the Teacher and Title I Parent Meetings
  3. Planned joint activities with PTA and Pre-K Counts
  4. All Call System

 

 

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: 

 

  1. Title I Envelopes
  2. District Website
  3. Principal Newsletter
  4. Local Newspapers
  5. All Call System
  6. Wednesday Express Folders
  7. Daily Communication Books/Agendas

 

 

 

PART III. DISCRETIONARY DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS  

           

The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   further provides the following to enhance Parent and Family Involvement:

 

  • 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;
  • in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education, arranging school meetings at a variety of times
  • establishing a district wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;
  • availability of Title I Lending Resources at schools
  • providing other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 as parents may request.]

 

*          *         *          *          *

PART IV.      ADOPTION  

 

This District wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by the Parent Policy Council Meeting Records.

 

The _Jim Thorpe Area School District   adopted the initial policy.  The school district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children.

 

Revised and updated 5/23/2017