Parent and Family Engagement Policy
James K. Polk jointly developed this parental involvement policy in consultation with school personnel, community members, and parents. This policy shall be made available to the local community on the school's web page and in the front office. If the Title I plan is not satisfactory to parents, the local educational agency will submit any parent comments with the application when the plan is submitted to the state. This parent involvement plan will be updated annually to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
James K. Polk will:
- Convene an annual meeting at a time convenient for parents of participating children to inform parents of their school's participation in Title I, the requirements of Title I, and the right of the parents to be involved. All parents shall be invited and encouraged to attend.
- 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.
- Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school's Title I program. This includes the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan.
- Provide parents:
- timely information about Title I programs;
- 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; and
- 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; and
- If the schoolwide program is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children under Section 1114 (b)(2), we will submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
- Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served under this part to meet the state's student academic achievement standards. We will partner with each parent to offer ways to support their children's learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their child's classroom; and participating in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time.
- Provide frequent reports to parents on their children's progress;
- 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; with the assistance of parents, educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff in the value and the utility of parents' contributions. We will seek guidance in ways to reach out to parents; to communicate with them; to work with them as equal partners; to implement and coordinate parent programs; and to build ties between parents and the school;
- Coordinate and integrate, to the extent feasible and appropriate, parental involvement programs and activities with 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;
- Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.