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Kennedy Gardens Elementary School

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Parental Involvement

Title I - Parental Involvement Policy

Title I - Parental Involvement Policy

Revised:  April 2014
Kennedy Gardens Elementary School has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from Title I parents through their participation in various school committees.  It has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students during Back to School Night, General Parent Meetings, and by distributing the School Accountability Report Card to Parents.   Kennedy Gardens Elementary School’s policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements:
Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program
Kennedy Gardens Elementary School does the following:
1.            Convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students of Title I requirements and their rights to be involved in the Title I Program:   As part of its Back-to-School Night activities, Kennedy Gardens includes information on Title I requirements and parent rights to be involved in the Title I program as an agenda item during the General Parent Meeting portion of the evening.
2.      Offers a flexible number of meetings:  School Site Council meetings once a month at 4:30 p.m., a time agreed by all members.   The English Learner Advisory Committee meets once a month at 4:00 p.m., also a time agreed by all members.  General Parent meetings at 5:30 p.m. for all parents.   During Open House in the month of April all parents are encouraged to visit the school, their child’s classroom and to learn about the curriculum.
3.      Involves parents of Title I students in an organized ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review and improvement of its Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy by their participation in parent committees and meetings at the school site level as well as the district level.  Committees include but are not limited to School Site Council, English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC), Migrant Advisory Committee, General Parent Meetings, etc.
4.      Provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs during General Parent meetings and informational news letters, flyers sent home and/or via the school monthly calendar.
5.      Provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum, assessments, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet during our CST/SBAC Parent Meetings, General Parent Meetings, Back to School Night, SSC and ELAC meetings, and Re-designation Meetings.
6.      Provides parents of Title I students, if requested, with opportunities for regular meetings to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children. 
7.       In addition Kennedy Gardens parents are:
  • elected by parents for School Site Council and EL parents are elected to participate in ELAC.
  • invited and encouraged to become volunteers in their child’s classroom or other classrooms or for after school programs.
  • invited and encouraged to attend parent trainings offered by the site or by the district. 
  • invited and encouraged to attend scheduled report card parent/teacher conferences and informal parent/teacher conferences as needed.
  • sent report cards on a trimester basis for 1st-6th and semester basis for kindergarten.
  • sent timely communications from the school or district level in both English and Spanish.  Such communications include the School Accountability Report card, Global Connect, classroom newsletters by participating teachers, monthly calendars, notifications, etc.
  • sent timely progress reports for academic progress as well as discipline.  These include but are not limited to deficiency notices, weekly/daily progress reports, and Extended Day Learning Center referrals.
  • invited and encouraged to attend Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings and Student Success Team (SST) meetings to discuss and plan for students’ individual needs.
  • sent the School-wide Discipline Plan to read and discuss with their children.
  • sent the Parent/Teacher/Student Compact outlining the responsibilities of each party in the education of the student.
  • invited and encouraged to attend Literacy events, Math Competitions, Health Fair, Book Fairs, Re-designation Celebrations, CST/SBAC Parent Meetings, etc. along with their children.
  • invited and encouraged to attend extra curricular activities such as the Student of the Month assemblies, Halloween Carnival, Talent Show, Winter Program, etc.
School-Parent Compact:
Kennedy Gardens Elementary School has jointly developed with and distributed to parents of Title I students a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  It also describes how the school and parents will develop a partnership to help children reach proficiency on the California content Standards.  The school-parent compact describes the following items in addition to items added by parents of Title I students.
  1. The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction.
  2. The parents’ responsibility to support their children’s learning.
  3. The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at least, annual conferences, reports on student progress, access to staff, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in and observe the educational program.
The parent compact is developed with Title I parent input and distributed to all parents during Back to School Night in September and/or during enrollment.
Building Capacity for Involvement:
Kennedy Gardens Elementary School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school.  It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.  To help reach these goals, the school does the following:
1.      Assist Title I parents in understanding academic content standard, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children during our Back to School Night Parent Presentation, CST/SBAC Parent Informational Meetings, General Parent Meetings, School Site Council Meetings and ELAC meetings.
2.      Provides materials and training to help Title I parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement during the CST/SBAC Parent Meetings.
3.      Educates staff, with the assistance of Title I parents, in the value of parent contributions and how to work with parents as equal partners during our Back to School Night, Open House Event, CST/SBAC Parent Meetings.
4.      Coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
5.      Distributes to Title I parents information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities in a form and language that parents understand (monthly school calendar with school activities and events, Principal’s news letters).
6.      Provides support for parental involvement activities requested by Title I parents during SSC and ELAC meetings, General Parent Meetings, Back to School Night and Open House.
Kennedy Gardens Elementary School provides opportunities for all Title I parents to participate, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students.  This includes providing information and school reports in a form and language parents understand such as Agendas, Minutes, Calendars, Mailings, and Translated Meetings.
Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRCs):
PIRCs are funded by the US Department of Education.  They provide both local and statewide services.  California has two PIRCs:  PIRC1, Project Inspire at the California Association of Bilingual Education, Covina, CA and PIRC2, Cal-PIRC at Cambridge Academies, Modesto, CA.
PIRC1 Project Inspire is the result of a partnership among the California Association for bilingual Education, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the Alameda County Office of Education, Project Inspire provides parent training workshops and will be funded through 2011.  A list of workshop topics and a brochure in English and Spanish that describes services are available at: parent.php.  Workshops are available in multiple languages.
PIRC2, Cal-PIRC has established three Parent Information and Resource Center hubs in Northern and Central California.  CalPIRC provides direct services to parents and schools in selected communities within Merced and Stanislaus Counties, and Wes Sacramento areas.  It also provides support throughout the state through conferences, workshops, and a Web site.  Cal-PIRC will be funded through 2011.  Whenever available, resources are posted in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Hmong.
Revised:  April, 2014