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                Mildred Barry Garvin                             Revised 9/23/15
TITLE I School Parental Involvement Policy      

Title I regulations require that each school served under Title I jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written involvement policy agreed on by the parents that describes the requirements of SEC. 1118. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT  (c) through (f) as listed below and outlined in the Title I law:

C.   POLICY INVOLVEMENT- Each school served under this part shall —
  1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school's participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved;
        Garvin’s annual meeting will occur Tuesday, September 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM in the Parent Room.
  1. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement;
Various meetings will be provided in mornings and evenings. In September a parent involvement survey will be distributed to parents to accommodate their schedules.
  1. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy;
  • Develop a parent involvement committee
  • Meetings will be held quarterly for the review and improvement of parental programs
  • PTO President and Vice President, along with the Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) will be part of this committee
  1. Provide parents of participating children —
  1. Timely information about programs held will be disseminated by newsletters, event flyers, school calendar, parent emails and school messenger.
  1. Procedures for providing parents with a description and explanation of our curriculum are
done via our parent workshops, Transition Day, and Back to School Night. Information is also available on the district website. In addition, parents are informed of academic performance through reports from STAR Literacy, Reading and Math assessments (provided upon request), PARCC results, FOCUS parent portal, Level Reading Passages (LRP) results, Winsor Sonday Pre/Post tests, Pre/Post tests for Go Math Program, parent teacher conferences, ClassDojo, assessment reports and report cards.
  1. 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 consistently make themselves available for parent conferences and I&RS meetings.
  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 education agency.
In the event the School-wide Plan is not satisfactory to the parents, comments would be voiced in meetings and/or writing and submitted to the principal.
D.  SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT- As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
The school-parent compact is currently in place and revised annually.
E.  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 under this part —
  1. Shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
Parent Workshops will be provided to parents to address the above-mentioned areas.
  1. Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;
Monthly Parent Workshops will continue to provide information and resources on how they can be more instrumental in their child’s academic experience.
  1. Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, 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;
School based events will be offered throughout the school year to increase positive climate and communication.
Provide information at staff meetings regarding upcoming parent events.  Also encourage attendance at PTO meetings to improve parent/staff relationships.
  1. Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the 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;
We have ordered an abundance of brochures that will be housed in our Parent Room that range in an array of topics from the importance of daily attendance to homework assistance.  Any programs as it pertains to Pre-K parent involvement are also addressed by the Early Childhood Department.
  1. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand;
Parents are informed about school-based events via the following:
  • Flyers/Memorandums
  • School Messenger
  • Garvin Times Newsletter
  • Parent Information Board
  • School Website
  • Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • PTO Meetings (Calendar of Events)
  1. May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training;
  1. May provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the local educational agency has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training;
The school will continue to use parent involvement funds to facilitate workshops and provide parents with resources, supplies and materials to help our underperforming students in ELA.
  1. May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;
  1. May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
  1. May arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation;
  1. May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement;
  1. May establish a district-wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section;
  1. May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities; and
  1. Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this section as parents may request.
(For number 6 - 14, list any activities and/or actions your school will be implementing.)
To address items 6-14 Garvin will continue to provide services that are already in place.  Some of these items include but are not limited to child care at meetings and workshops; Morning coffee with parents; provide school meetings at various times and disseminate parent information using various methods.
The district already had a parent advisory council in place to advise on matters related to parental involvement.
F.  ACCESSIBILITY– In carrying out the parental involvement requirements of this part, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand.
Garvin does not have  limited English proficiency students, or migrate children.  To provide our parents who have children with disabilities full opportunities of participation we give them information regarding events that are offered in the community that are specific to the needs of their children.