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Parent Involvement Policy

Quail Valley Elementary

 

School Parental Involvement Policy

 

2013-2014
 

 

PART I.         GENERAL EXPECTATIONS  

Quail Valley Elementary agrees to implement the following statutory requirements: 

·         The school will jointly develop with parents, distribute to parents of participating children, a School Parental Involvement Policy that the school and parents of participating children agree on.

·         The school will notify parents about the School Parental Involvement Policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, will distribute this policy to parents in a language the parents can understand.

·         The school will make the School Parental Involvement Policy available to the local community.

·         The school will periodically update the School Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

·         The school will adopt the school’s school-parent compact as a component of its School Parental Involvement Policy.

·         The school agrees to 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;

(D)  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 SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS  

 

1.   Quail Valley Elementary will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its School Parental Involvement Policy and its school wide plan, if applicable, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way under section 1118(b) of the ESEA: 

 

Parents will be encouraged to give input into the development and revision of the school parent involvement policy through:

·         SSC meetings

·         SAC/SCE meetings

·         ELAC meetings

·         GATE meetings

·         PTA meetings

·         Annual Title I meeting

·         Back-to School Night

·         Needs Assessment Survey

·         End of year Surveys

 

2.   Quail Valley Elementary will take the following actions to distribute to parents of participating children and the local community, the School Parental Involvement Policy: 

 

·         Each student/parent/family will receive the policy with the packets sent home on the first day of school.

·         The policy will be given to new students/parents/families on the first day of enrollment.

·         Additional copies of The School Parental Involvement Policy will be readily available in the front office.

 

3.    Quail Valley Elementary will update periodically its School Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school: 

 

·         The parent involvement policy will be updated annually with input from parent groups as listed in Part II, Section 1.

·         The School Parental Involvement Policy will be reviewed annually using a parent survey at the end of the school year.

 

4.      Quail Valley Elementary will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the following: 

·         That their child’s school participates in Title I

·         Of the requirements, participation and involvement of the school and students in the program

·         Of their rights to be involved –

      See District Parent Involvement Policy, School Parent Involvement            Policy, and Home-School Compact

·         About their school’s participation in Title I -

An Annual Title I meeting will held each at Back to School Night to inform parents about Title I requirements and services. A parent notice/invitation will be sent home with each child announcing date, time and location.  A summary of the agenda will be placed in the PTA school newsletter for those parents unable to attend.

 

5.   Quail Valley Elementary will hold a flexible number of meetings at varying times, and provide child care paid for with Title I funding as long as these services relate to parental involvement: 

 

·         School meetings and activities will be held at a variety of times. 

·         Parent Information Nights will be held quarterly focusing on how parents can help their child succeed. 

·         Parents will be surveyed as to the best and most convenient times for meetings as well as topics of interest.  

·         Babysitting and translation services will be available.

 

6.  Quail Valley Elementary will provide timely information about Title I programs to               

     parents of participating children in a timely manner:

 

·         Title I information, including Extended Learning Opportunities available, will be continuous and ongoing through parent advisory groups, teacher-parent meetings, flyers, newsletters, and informational meetings.

7.   Quail Valley Elementary will provide to parents of participating children 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:

 

·         Textbook programs, Intervention programs, the OARS Data systems, the Palmdale School District Assessment System and expected proficiency levels will be explained to parents through Parent Information Nights, Back-to-School Night, Open House, conferences, newsletters, and District Information pamphlets and flyers.

·     This information will also be available in the school office.

 

 

8.   Quail Valley Elementary will provide parents of participating children, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible:

·         Teachers will be available for parent-teacher meetings to discuss student progress.

·         Teachers will participate in the Parent-Teacher conference day scheduled by the district.

·         Student progress reports will be sent home every six weeks.

·         Parents are encouraged to give suggestions and input regarding school activities and programs via the School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Council, PTA, District GATE Advisory, Parent Information Meetings, Title I meeting and informal talks with staff and administrators

9.   Quail Valley Elementary will submit to the district any parent comments if the schoolwide plan under section (1114)(b)(2) is not satisfactory to parents of participating children:

·         Uniform Complaint Procedures and Williams Complaint Procedures are the two venues for filing complaints about Title I programs.

 

PART III.      SHARED RESPONSBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC  ACHIEVEMENT

1.   Quail Valley Elementary will build the capacity for strong parental involvement in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school , parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

·         The entire school community will be involved in decision making, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating school programs. 

·         Every effort will be made to involve parents and the community in school decisions as it pertains to student success and achievement.

·         The principal, assistant principal and school leadership team will be responsible for conducting these activities and involving the parents/community.

·         OARS data will be analyzed on a regular basis and the results used to drive instruction.

2.      Quail Valley Elementary will incorporate the school-parent compact as a component of its School Parental Involvement Policy:

 

·         The Home School Compact will be developed and updated annually by the Palmdale School Distirct.

·         The compact will be signed by teachers, parents, and students indicating their role in carrying out the responsibilities of the compact. 

·         A copy of the Home-School Compact is attached at the end of this policy.

3.   The school will, with the assistance of its district, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school 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 Title I

·         how to monitor their child’s progress

·         how to work with educators

 

This will be accomplished through:

SSC meetings

SAC/SCE meetings

ELAC meetings

Annual Title I meeting

Back-to School Night

GATE meetings

CABE, CAG, PAGE and other conferences for parents

DELAC

District Parent Involvement Committee

Superintendent’s Advisory Council

STAR/CELDT results and explanation

Parent Informational pamphlets

 

4.   The school will, with the assistance of its district, 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: 

    

·         Annual Title I meetings

·         Back-to School Nights

·         Conferences

·         LACOE workshops

·         Superintendent’s Advisory Council

·         DELAC

·         Parent Informational Pamphlets

 

5.   The school will, with the assistance of its district 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: 

 

·         District In-services

·         District Title I meeting

·         Superintendent’s Advisory Council

·         Professional Development Offerings

·         District Parent Involvement Committee

·         Parent Involvement Surveys results

·         Needs Assessment Survey results

 

6.   The school will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, 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:

 

·         District Articulation Meetings

·         Special Grant programs

 

7.   The school will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, 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: 

 

·         All information and communications will be provided in a format that is easy to understand.

·         Communications will be provided in the parent’s home language.

 

 

PART III.      DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS  

               

NOTE:  The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional paragraphs listing and describing other discretionary activities that the school, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:

 

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

·         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

·         adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement

·         developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities

·         providing other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 as parents may request 

PART IV.      ADOPTION  

 

This School 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 School Site Council minutes.

 

This policy was adopted by Quail Valley Elementary on June 3, 2013 and will be in effect for the period of one school year. 

 

This policy will be updated annually and distributed by December of each school year. 

 

Quail Valley Elementary School’s notification to parents of this policy will be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, a copy of this policy will be provided to parents in a language the parents can understand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home-School Compact

 

Parents:  Please review the attached compact with your child, sign, tear-off, and return to the classroom teacher.

 

We believe that all children can learn.  We work to provide a supportive and successful climate for all students.  We believe that a strong working relationship between students, parents, and staff must be maintained to insure a positive education for students.  To this end, certain expectations must be achieved by each group.

Teachers are expected to:

  • Develop curriculum and instructional strategies that utilize various resources, thus promoting active involvement of students and providing for their varied experiences, individual abilities, and talents.
  • Model the importance of lifelong learning through on going professional development.
  • Collaborate with each other to create conditions that provide equity and promote student success.
  • Act in a professional manner with integrity and honesty and develop relationships characterized by caring and respect.
  • Provide a supportive atmosphere where everyone feels emotionally, physically, and intellectually safe.
  • Hold high expectations for student achievement and character, and guide students to make responsible choices for their lives and the learning process.
  • Care for the physical environment and school property and expect the same of students.
  • Communicate with parents and staff and encourage positive involvement in our children’s education.

 

                                                                                             Teacher Signature – Date                                                                                                    _______________________________

Parents are expected to:    

  • Become informed and knowledgeable about the curriculum, activities, and student support programs.
  • Guide children in making important educational decisions by helping them set goals that are appropriate to their individual capabilities, interests and needs.
  • Engage in open and timely communication with your children and their teachers, administrators and school staff.
  • Become actively involved in your child’s education by volunteering and attending and supporting Back-to-School Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Open House Night, and other school events.
  • Create a supportive learning environment in the home by providing a designated time, quiet location, necessary study materials, and by modeling the importance of lifelong learning.
  • Promote healthy living by monitoring student activities, diet, sleep, and by modeling responsible lifestyle choices.
  • Help your child become responsible, self reliant citizens by insisting on observance of school rules, policies, expectations, and by demonstrating respect, consideration, cooperation, and accountability for decisions and behavior.

 

                                                                                                           Parent Signature – Date                                                                                                                                     __________________________________

Students are expected to:

  • Come to school on time every day, ready to work hard, participate, and follow class and school rules.
  • Put forth your best effort in all work matters and seek assistance for concepts not fully understood.
  • Take responsibility for your own education, decisions, and actions.
  • Respect cultural diversity, individuality, and the choices and rights of adults and classmates.
  • Promote a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
  • Care for the physical environment, school property, and the belongings of teachers and classmates.
  • Act in a manner that best represents our students, school, district, and community.

                                                                                  Student Signature – Date                                                                                                                    _________________________________