NORTH PUTNAM SCHOOL CORPORATION PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

This policy and the plan to implement it will be distributed to parents of students participating in the Title I and other appropriate programs.

 Expectations for Parent Involvement

It is the intent of the North Putnam Community School Corporation that parents of students must be provided with frequent and convenient opportunities for full and ongoing participation in specific programs of the schools (such as Title I), including opportunities to jointly develop the program plan and suggest modifications, based on changing needs of parents and the schools for school improvement.

 

Programs must be designed to assist students to acquire the capacities and achieve the goals established by law, as well as the goals and standards established by the North Putnam Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.  These goals and standards must be shared with parents in a manner that will enable them to (1) participate in decisions concerning their child's education and (2) monitor and improve the educational achievement of their child. State Standards will be sent home to families for the purpose of parental monitoring their child’s academic progress.  This will enable parents to work better with educators to improve the achievement of their children.

 

Support for the Program

The North Putnam Community School Corporation will provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement.  These measures may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Providing resources to assist in communicating with parents, transporting them to meeting sites and/or implementing home visits,   providing childcare for meetings, encouraging them to use available resources and working with them to improve parenting skills,            particularly those that will assist them in working with their child to improve his/her educational achievements.  Resources may include individuals, agencies, materials, training and services.

2.  Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, such as parent resource centers, will be provided via newsletters, webpages, flyers, and telephone as appropriate.

3. Sharing options for coordinating and integrating the Title I program (and other programs such as Head Start, Even Start, the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, parent resource centers, and public preschool  and other programs that encourage and support parents)strategies with services of other community programs, businesses and agencies.

4. Providing professional development for teachers to create a parent involvement plan for their classrooms. This may include identifying ways in which parents can be involved in professional development activities to demonstrate the value of parent involvement and various techniques designed to successfully engage parents as equal partners in their children’s education.

5.  Designing and conducting an effective annual evaluation process whereby parents' ideas about the content and effectiveness of this policy and the plan designed to implement it are essential.  The process must focus on the following questions:

· Does this policy increase parent participation?

· What barriers to parent participation still exist?

· How can existing barriers be reduced or removed?

·          Other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

6. Ensuring that the results of each annual evaluation will be used to plan activities and materials designed for parents, particular attention must be given to reaching and involving those who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background.

 

School Policy

 Each school must develop, prepare and submit a school parent involvement policy, which must meet all legal requirements, to the Superintendent for review.  This policy must be developed jointly with parents and distributed by the school to parents of participating students.

 A copy of each school's parent involvement policy shall be kept on file with the school's program plan in the Central Office.

 

 References Section 1118 of Improving America's School Act (IASA) of 1994

Title I Program