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PARENT INVOLVEMENT

The following policy was presented for a first reading at the January 8, 2018 School Committee meeting and will be considered for adoption at the February 5th School Committee meeting.


The Smithfield School Department recognizes that the education and academic growth of children are greatly impacted by the partnership between the schools and families.

The School District shall agree to implement the following statutory requirements:

PART I: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
  • Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parent involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with 1118(d) of the ESEA.
  • The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children. Information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA will be provided in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
  • If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A developed under section 1112 of the ESEA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits its plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education.
  • The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the one percent of the Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
  • The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I Schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring that,

A) parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;

B) parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;

C) parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;

D) other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA, are implemented.


PART II: DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SMITHFIELD SCHOOL DEPARTMENT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT COMPONENTS

  • The Smithfield School Department will involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA by soliciting their input through focus groups and written surveys.
  • The Smithfield School Department will involve parents in the process of school review and improvements under section 1116 of the ESEA by including a review of results of the state assessments, and school progresses. The district will publicize the results through presentations at school committee meetings.
  • The Smithfield School Department will provide the necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
  • The Smithfield School Department will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement activities in other programs by having representatives from all other groups involved with the planning.
  • The Smithfield School Department will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content of and the effectiveness of this parent involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy or are of any racial or ethnic background. The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, if necessary, its parental involvement policies.
  • The Smithfield School Department will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following activities:

A) The school district with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, will provide assistance (through parent workshops, parent teacher conferences, or newsletters) to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate , in understanding topics such as:

      • State and national academic standards
      • State and local assessments
      • Title I, Part A requirements
      • How to monitor their child’s progress
      • How to work with educators

B) The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their child’s academic achievement. To foster parent involvement, the district will provide activities and resources related to current topics in education.

C) The school district will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, administrators and other staff, regarding strategies for communicating and collaborating with parents. Particular consideration will be given to ensuring that all staff members work with parents as equal partners while recognizing the value of the contributions of parents. Parent programs that establish and maintain home-school partnerships will be developed and implemented.

D) The school district will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and activities is sent to parents of participating children. Information will be presented in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon requests, and to the extent practicable, in a language that the parents can understand.

PART III: DISSEMINATION

On or before September 30th of every school year, a copy of this said “Parent Involvement Policy” is to be distributed to the parents of all participating Title I, Part A children.


ADOPTED: 4/2011

REVISED: 5/16/2016


TITLE I PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY


Smithfield Public Schools recognizes that the social, emotional, and academic growth of Smithfield students is best supported through the shared responsibility of parents, families, schools, and the community and expects that its Title I schools carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:


Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

  1. that families play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
  2. that families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
  3. that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
  4. the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESSA.


Requirements


In support of these beliefs, the Smithfield School Committee and Smithfield Public Schools agree to meet all statutory requirements from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Specifically:


Put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents and families in all of its Title I participating schools. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents and family members of participating students.


Work with its Title I school(s) to ensure that the required school‐level parent and family engagement policies meet the requirements of ESSA, and each include a home-school compact.


Incorporate this district‐wide parent and family engagement policy into its Local Education Agency (LEA) plan (Title I portion of the Consolidated Resource Plan (CRP) and involve parents in the joint development of this plan.


To the extent practicable, the Smithfield Public Schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.


If the LEA plan for Title I, Part A, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when it is submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education.


For both the development of the engagement plan and the development of the family engagement policy, participation by families can occur in the following ways, including but not limited to:

    1. Serving on the district‐wide committee to develop the plan, participating in focus groups, and discussions during parent and family engagement meetings
    2. Availability of written copies of the plan and policy by request for community review and feedback
    3. Availability of the policy on the district website for community feedback
    4. Review of the plan or policy each spring by a committee


Include parents and families in the process of school review and improvement including, but not limited to annually reviewing the school’s School Improvement Plan (SIP).


Provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance through:

    1. District Strategic Plan
    2. School Websites
    3. Parent Resources available upon request
    4. News Releases
    5. Open Houses
    6. Parent and Family Engagement Nights
    7. Parent and Family Workshops
    8. Parent‐Teacher Conferences


Coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies and activities with activities in other programs by involving representatives from community groups (such as Tri-Town, Child Outreach, Early Intervention, RIPIN, Smithfield Human Services and YMCA) in the planning and implementation of activities as appropriate.


Conduct, in cooperation with parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent and family engagement policy to improve the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identification of the needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with school personnel and teachers and strategies to support successful school and family interactions. Smithfield Public Schools will use the findings of the evaluation about its parent and family engagement policy and activities to design evidence-based strategies for more effective parent and family engagement, and to revise, if necessary, its parent and family engagement policies.


Provide annual assistance to parents and families, as appropriate, in understanding topics including, but not limited to: Rhode Island State Standards, curriculum, state and district testing, Title I requirements, monitoring their child’s progress, working with educators, and strategies for supporting children at home.


Educate teachers, administrators, and other staff around ways to communicate and work with families as equal partners, as well as the value and utility of familial contributions.


Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and activities is sent to parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.


Dissemination


This policy will be distributed to parents and family members of all participating Title I, Part A children on or before September 30th of the school year and/or when a child enters Title I for services.


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