Title I Parent Involvement Framework

CODE: KFB-E2

Maine School Administrative District No. 31

TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY


This school policy has been developed jointly with (or: in consultation with) the parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs.  It includes a “School-Home Compact” that outlines the manner in which, home, school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  The building principal/designee will be responsible for distributing this policy to parents/guardians of students participating in the school’s Title I programs.

I.    PARENTS/GUARDIANS INVOLVEMENT MEETINGS   20 U.S.C. 6318

      The school shall convene an annual meeting at a convenient time to which all parents/guardians of participating children shall be
      invited and encouraged to attend to inform them of the school’s participation under Title I, explain the right of parents/guardians
      to be involved, and to encourage their involvement in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and
      parents/guardians involvement policy.

     The school will offer other meetings during the school year, held at various times in the morning or evening for parents/guardians
     of students participating in Title I programs.

     The building principal/designee will:  See 20 U.S.C. §§ 6318(c)(4), (c)(5)

        A.    Invite parents/guardians of participating children to the annual meeting and to other meetings held during the school year;
        B.    Provide an overview of Title I and the programs the school provides under Title I;
        C.    Explain the rights of parents/guardians to be involved in developing and reviewing the school’s parent involvement policy,
               including the School- Home Compact;
        D.    Provide 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;
        E.    Give parents/guardians an opportunity to ask questions and engage in informal discussion about student achievement
               and school performance;
        F.    With the input of parents/guardians, establish a process by which an adequate representation of parents/guardians can be
               assured;
        G.    Describe the process by which parents/guardians may express concerns and complaints if they are dissatisfied with the
               Title I program;
   
II.    SCHOOL-HOME COMPACT

        This School-Home Compact describes how home, school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student
        academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents/guardians will develop a partnership to help children
        achieve the State’s academic achievement standards.  20 U.S.C. § 6318(d)


        A. The District is responsible for providing a high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning
            environment that enables students served under Title I to meet the State’s academic achievement standards.
            20 U.S.C. § 6318(d)(1)

        B.    Parents/guardians will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning by:  20 U.S.C. § 6318(d)(1)

                1.    Monitoring their children’s attendance;
                2.    Providing assistance and encouraging their children to complete homework assignments;
                3.    Encouraging their children to ask for help from teachers or classroom aides (ed techs, volunteers) when needed;
                4.    Talking with their children about the school day;
                5.    Reading to or with their children;
                6.    Volunteering in the classroom and for school-related activities such as field trips; and
                7.    Participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to the education of their children.

        C.    The school will address the importance of communication between parents/guardians and teachers on an ongoing basis by:  
                20 U.S.C. § 6318(d)(2)

                1.    Scheduling one or more parents/guardians -teacher meetings annually for parents/guardians of elementary school level
                       students during which the Compact shall be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement;
                2.    Providing reports to parents/guardians on their children’s progress;
                3.    Providing parents/guardians with reasonable access to staff to discuss issues related to their children’s learning;
                4.    Giving parents/guardians the opportunity to observe classroom activities;
                5.    Welcoming parents/guardians  as volunteers in the classroom; and
                6.    Providing adequate supervision and feedback for parents/guardians who volunteer.


Legal Reference:    20 U.S.C. § 6318


First Reading:        02/11/2004       
Adopted:               03/18/2004