District Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Atkinson County Title I LEA Plan
Atkinson County School System
Title I, ESEA
Parent Involvement Policy
The Atkinson County School District recognizes the importance of, as well as the legal
requirements for implementing programs, activities, and procedures with the involvement of and
through meaningful consultation with all parents of children participating in the Title I program.
This shall include, but not be limited to, input into the planning, design and implementation of the
Research shows that parental involvement in schooling improves student learning. It shall be the
intent of all parent involvement programs, activities and procedures to encourage and support the
efforts of home, school and community in an attempt to improve student achievement. All
Atkinson County Title I schools shall to the extent possible, implement the following to meet
federal requirements under Title I Section 118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
1965 (ESEA).
A. Parental Involvement in the Development of the LEA Plan
The Atkinson County School System affirms and assures the right of parents and legal guardians of
children participating in activities funded by Title I, to be involved in the development of the plan
under section 1112 and the process of school review and improvement under section 1116.
 All parents are invited to attend an annual meeting to inform them of their school’s
Title I participation, explain title I, its requirements and parents’ right to be involved
through letters, calling system, and website.
 Parents are involved in the process of school review and improvement through the use
of surveys, membership on school-wide planning teams and school councils and
attending meetings.
 Parents are involved in the joint development of the LEA plan and school plans through
the district and school level Parent Advisory Councils which provides suggestions and
recommendations on all matters related to parental involvement. All parents are invited
to review the plans.
B. Coordination, Technical Assistance and Other Support
To improve student academic achievement and other school performance, the LEA will provide the
coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to plan and implement effective
parental involvement activities.
 This assistance will be provided by the Title I Director, Parent Involvement Coordinator
and other appropriate support personnel within and outside the school system through
the distribution of written information and resources and through meetings.
 The Atkinson County School District will reserve one percent of the LEA allocation for
parental involvement, including promoting family literacy skills and planning effective
parental involvement programs. Ninety-five percent of this reserve fund is allocated to
participating Title I schools.
 The Atkinson County School District will involve parents in the decision regarding how
funds are allotted for parental involvement activities. District and school parent
advisory councils and school council members from all schools are provided an
opportunity to discuss and recommend funding of parent involvement activities based
on the annual parent surveys completed each year by parents.
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C. Build Capacity For Parental Involvement
To build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement as described in
subsection (e) and to support and encourage partnerships between schools, parents and community
to improve student academic achievement, the Atkinson County School System will provide
training and instruction of both parents and educators. Capacity building for parental involvement
will be accomplished and carried out through community meetings, parent workshops, parent
conferences, brochures and other media, personal contact with families, and other avenues of
learning that is appropriate for the information to be conveyed.
 Atkinson County School System recognizes that educators have the responsibility of
helping parents understand information related to all aspects of their child’s education.
Assistance will be provided to parents of participating students through newsletters,
school website, conferences and workshops information on understanding such topics
a. National Education Goals
b. State content standards and student performance standards
c. School improvement and corrective action process if applicable
d. Components of a school-wide program if applicable
e. Components of a targeted assistance school program if applicable
f. State and local assessments
g. Title I requirements including parent involvement requirements
h. Ways parents can monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to
improve the performance of their children
i. Ways parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
 Meetings and/or conferences involving parents will be arranged at various times,
mornings and evenings, to maximize opportunities for increase parent participation in
school-related activities.
 Reasonable support is provided for parents requests for parental involvement activities.
 Parent Resource Centers provide offer materials that are designed to help parents
become full partners in the education of their children through the use of educational
games and materials on child development.
 School staff will be accessible and available to parents.
 Atkinson County Schools will provide such other reasonable support parental
involvement activities as parents may request.
 Opportunities will be provided for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s
school through various activities.
 Elementary schools will have two PASSPort meetings during the year.
 Two Early Release Days (half days) will be scheduled each year to provide parents and
teachers an opportunity to schedule conferences.
D. Coordination and Integration of Strategies
Parent involvement programs and activities will be coordinated and integrated with other programs
whenever appropriate and feasible in such areas as parent meetings and other information provided
to parents. School personnel will collaborate with Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten program, Preschool
Intervention, Migrant Education, Special Education, and the ESOL (English Speakers of Other
Languages) program to share information that will facilitate a smooth transition into the
appropriate educational setting and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that
encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
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E. Annual Evaluation
The Atkinson County School district and schools conduct, with the involvement of parents, an
annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving
the academic quality of participating schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation
by parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency,
have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background, and use the findings of
such evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if
necessary, the parental involvement policies.
 Surveys are distributed annually in the spring to obtain input and information necessary
for the development of the Title I plan and parent programs and activities that will meet
the needs of participating students.
 Results of surveys will be used in designing strategies for school improvement and
revising the LEA and School Parental Involvement Policies as necessary.
 A variety of workshops are provided using flexible scheduling.
 Parents have an opportunity to make suggestions.
 An interpreter is available for translating.
All unsatisfactory parent comments regarding Title I school-wide plans are collected, attached to
the school-wide plan and brought to the attention of the appropriate staff.
F. Parent Involvement
In carrying out the parental involvement requirements, the district and schools, to the extent
practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English
proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing
information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities in a language
parents can understand.
 Migrant, ESOL and other appropriate staff are utilized to enhance communication
between school and home.
 Migrant staff is utilized to the extent possible to communicate information related to
school and parent programs and activities in the language used in the homes of
participating children.
 Special Education teachers are utilized, when appropriate to enhance communication
between school and home.
 When communicating with parents of English Language Learners, documents will be
translated into the native language of the parents to the greatest extent possible. In the
event that written translations are not practical and reasonable, oral translations may be
used as an alternative.
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