PART I. DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS
The Emerado Public School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
- Emerado School will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I programs. Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
- Emerado School District will work with its school to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the Title I requirements, and include, as a component, a school-parent compact.
- Emerado School District will incorporate the district-wide parental involvement policy into its district plan.
- In carrying out the Title I parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, Emerado School District will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
- If the Emerado School District plan for Title I is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with its plan when the school district submits the plan to the Department of Public Instruction.
- Emerado School District will involve the parents of children served in Title I schools in decisions about how the one percent of Title I 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 (only applicable for districts with Title I allocations greater than $500,000).
- Emerado 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.
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including and ensuring:
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at Emerado School;
(C) 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;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
PART II. DISTRICT/SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY REQUIRED COMPONENTS
1. The Emerado Public School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district/school parental involvement plan:
Emerado School will establish a Parent/Community Involvement ActionCommittee with the purpose of having parents and community members visit the school and to come together as advocates for Emerado students, teachers, and community. Together, they will discuss the successes of our school community and evaluate the needs of our school and community.
2. The Emerado Public School will convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school's participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved.
An Annual Meeting will be held in September to discuss Emerado's Title I program. Topics of discussion include student selection process, assessments, Title I instructional method, parent surveys, parent and teacher communication, and Parent Involvement. Parents will be informed of comunication methods: weekly Bulldog Bulletin, Title 1 and school website, conferences, and Power School. In addition, AYP and Title I law will be discussed. Parents will be encouraged to ask questions, to offer suggestions, and to present ideas for parent/adult education and other school-community events.
3. The Emerado Public School will 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:
Before meeting times are scheduled, parents will be surveyed as to what is the best time and will be asked if transportation presents them from attending meetings at school.
4. The Emerado Public School will provide the coordination, technical assistance, and other support needed to assist Title I in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:
Encourage parent attendance at all school events. Maintain websites that provide to parents information about school events and student progress. In addition, parents will be invited to music programs, science fairs, assemblies, and sporting events and community education classes.
5. The Emerado Public School will build the school's and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective parent involvement and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:
A. By undertaking the actions described in this paragraph, the school district will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
- state's academic content standards,state's
- student academic achievement standards,
- state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
- requirements of Title I
- how to monitor their child's progress,
- how to effectively communicate with classrom teachers, and
- how to be involved with the school
Our Title I staff will attend in-state workshops and the National Title I Conference once every three years. The district will send home a weekly newsletter to parents that will highlight resources for parents: i.e. School Title 1 website, ND DPI parent website, vocabulary/spellingcity.com, and other useful links such as Math at Home, Caught on the Web, and Parent Pointers.
The Emerado Public School will provide parents of participating children, if requested by parents, 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 practically possible.
B. Emerado School/District will, with the assistance of its Title I schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement, such as literacy and technology training, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:
Offering technology assistance/classes to parents and other community members if requested.
Offering Love and Logic classes for parents/guardians. Emerado School District will also offer scheduled parent/guardian classroom visitation events.
Offering a Parent Involvement coordinator who will work with parents and teachers to expand parent involvement opportunities.
C. The school/district will, with the assistance of its Title I school and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
Appointing a teacher liaison who will meet with Parent/Community Involvement Action Commitee once a month to discuss how the school and community can work together to better meet the needs of the parents, students, ad community.
D. The school/district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and 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 by:
EMerado School has a parent resource library located in the Title 1 classroom. The Title 1 classroom hosts parent involvement activities. Emerado School adopted the RTI program and has a vocabulary program in place. All students are tested at the beginning of the year to pinpoint academic needs.
E. Emerado School/district will take the following actions to ensure that Title I information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
The administrator will send home weekly Bulldog Bulletins. The newsletter will be sent to parents to keep them informed of all school happenings. The Title 1 teacher will also maintain, monitor, and update an Emerado Title 1 web site and communicate with parents via telephone, email, conferences and other Title 1 events.
6. The Emerado Public School will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs:
A Parent Involvement Coordinator will help school tap local into local resources, assist in planning parental and community activities, and advise on how to better meet the needs of families.
7. The Emerado Public School will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I 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, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). Emerado 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 (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
Emerado School will evaluate the progress of Parent Involvement at April or May Title I Parent Involvement Meeting. Evaluation will include participation of parents of minority groups.
In hopes that all parents will feel welcome and impelled to become more involved in our community, parents and teachers will be encouraged to brainstorm "new" involvement activities that might expand our school's Parent Involvement membership.
8. The Emerado Public School will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement:
To rally community and parent participation, Emerado School will host carnivals, music programs, sports events, dinners, fundraisers, science fairs, field trips, and community meetings. Parents and community members will be notified of school events through letters of invitation and school newspapers.
Parents and teachers will meet throughout the year to discuss and plan activities for students and community.
9. If a school program is not satisfactory to parents of participating children, Emerado School will make comments available to the local educational agency at the following address:
Chad Clark, Superintendent
Emerado Public School #127
501 Main Street
Emerado, ND 58228
PART III. SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
The 2012/2013 Parent/School Compact was built with the help of parents, teachers, and administrator at the April 2012 Meeting (2012/2013 Parent/School Compact Attached).
PART IV. DISCRETIONARY DISTRICT/SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENT
Emerado District/School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional paragraphs listing and describing other discretionary activities that the school district, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents' capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children's academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities:
- Provide necessary literacy training for parents (scheduled fall and spring parent classroom visitation) from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.
- Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and childcare costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
- In order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children's education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times with parents.
- Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.
- Establish a district parent involvement action committee to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs.
- Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 as parents may request.
PART V. ACCESSIBILITY
In carrying out the parental involvement requirements of this part, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand.
PART VI. ADOPTION
This District/School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly, and agreed on with parents of children participating in Title I programs, as evidenced by April 2012 Meeting Minutes.
This policy was adopted by the Emerado Public School District in June 2012 and will be in effect for 2012-2013 school year. Emerado School district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I children on or before September 30, 2012.
Chad Clark, Administrator