Stewart County High School Parent Involvement Policy
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Monday, February 06, 2012

Stewart County High School

Title I Parental Involvement Policy

Updated August 26, 2011

Stewart County High School is committed to the goal of providing a quality education for all of its students with foremost emphasis on academic performance. We recognize the importance of, as well as the legal requirement for, implementing activities and procedures for the involvement of parents and the community.

 

In order to reach this goal, we believe partnerships should be established between the school, home, and community. Involvement shall include, but not be limited to, input into the planning, design, and implementation of the Parental Involvement Policy and continuous school improvement plans.  It shall be the intent of all parental involvement activities to encourage and support the efforts of the home, school, and community in improving the academic achievement and educational opportunities of all children. Activities held periodically during the school year may include, but are not limited to the following:

 

·         The Stewart County High School’s Title I Parent Involvement Policy will be developed jointly with, and distributed to parents of participating Title I students. The written plan will describe Parent Involvement Policy components as outlined in the Title I Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) in clear and concise language that parents can understand. The written policy shall include provisions for periodic updating to reflect the changing needs of parents and the school, and it will be made readily available to the community. The written policy will be developed, reviewed, and approved through the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and distributed at the Title I Annual Meeting and Title I Parent Involvement meetings.

 

·         Stewart County High School will convene an annual meeting at a convenient time. All parents shall be invited and encouraged to attend through the school’s newsletter, website, newspaper announcement, letters, flyers, and the school marquee. The meeting will inform parents of their school’s participation under Title I, Part A, its requirements, and the parents’ right to be involved.

 

·         Parent meetings will be offered throughout the school year. Meetings will be held at various times (mornings and evenings), and in various places so that all parents will have an opportunity to attend. Measures to eliminate parent involvement barriers will be addressed (e.g., transportation, child care, and home visits).

 

·         Stewart County High School will involve parents, guardians, and community members, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, including the school’s parental involvement policy and the joint development of the school wide program plan delineated in Section 1114(b).  Parents will be involved through the Parent Advisory Council, PTO, surveys, Annual Meeting, and parent involvement meetings, in the planning, design, and implementation, including all phases of the:

 

·         Needs assessment

·         Determination of program goals and objectives

·         Determination of educational strategies

·         Implementation of projects

·         Development of program applications, and

·         Program evaluations

 

·         Stewart County High School will provide parents of participating students timely information concerning:

 

·         Title I programs in the school will be explained at the Annual Meeting, Open House, and with an article in the local newspaper.

 

·         Results of the annual school review including school performance profiles will be discussed at the Annual Meeting, Open House, and with an article in the local newspaper.

 

·         State brochures will be sent home with individual assessment results and how to interpret them. The administration and teachers will also be available to answer parent-specific questions concerning the testing.

 

·         A description and explanation of the school curriculum will be provided through the Student Handbook which will be distributed to all parents.

 

·         The assessments used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels the students are expected to meet will be explained in the Student Handbook.

 

·         Opportunities will be provided for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences with other parents and participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children. Parents will have opportunity to share ideas through the PTO, Parent Advisory Council, Parent Involvement workshops, and during various school events.

 

·         Timely responses to parent suggestions will be made. Responses will be forwarded to the Parent Involvement Coordinator, Parent Advisory Council, and the principal for consideration and/or implementation.

 

·         All unsatisfactory parent comments regarding the Title I School Wide Plan gathered at public meetings and from surveys will be forwarded to the Parent Involvement Coordinator who will share comments with the Parent Advisory Council, Title I Director, and the school’s principal. Comments will be attached to the Title I School Wide Plan and submitted to the LEA.

 

·         Stewart County High School will provide assistance to parents in understanding the following:

 

·         National Education Goals

·         State content standards and student performance standards

·         School Improvement and corrective action process, if applicable

·         Components of the Stewart County High School’s Title I School Wide Program

·         State of Georgia assessments and Stewart County High School’s  local assessments

·         Requirements of Title I, Part A

·         Ways parents can monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children

·         Ways parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

 

The Annual Meeting, Open House, and various other meetings and workshops at the school will be planned to assist in understanding the above areas. The school’s website, newspaper articles, phone calls, newsletters, conferences, and home visits, as needed, will be utilized. Stewart County High School will encourage parents to call their child’s teachers when they are concerned about a problem. Teacher-Parent conferences will be scheduled to accommodate parents’ schedules. Teachers will be encouraged to make frequent parent contacts. 

 

·         Stewart County High School will provide parents with materials and training as needed in literacy, mathematics, and related areas, such as technology and science, to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement. Workshops will be offered and information will be distributed via the school’s newsletter, school’s website, letters, flyers, article in the local newspaper, and PTO.

 

 

·         Stewart County High School’s Parent Involvement Coordinator and/or consultant will educate teachers, student support personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners. Stewart County High School will implement and coordinate parental involvement programs, and build ties between home and school. The education of above mentioned individuals will occur at faculty meetings, grade level meetings, staff development sessions, and teacher workdays.

 

 

·         Stewart County High School will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I, Part A with Stewart County High School’s Pre-K and Family Connection. The Title I Parental Involvement Coordinator will communicate directly and indirectly with these agencies through newsletters, phone conversations, and the Parent Advisory Council.

 

·         Stewart County High School will develop appropriate roles for civic and faith-based organizations, as well as businesses in parental involvement activities. This will include providing information about opportunities for organizations and businesses to work with parents and schools, and encouraging the formation of partnerships between the entities that include a role for parents. The Parent Involvement Coordinator, the Parent Advisory Council, and PTO will provide support to the school in this area.

 

·         A Parent Resource Center at Stewart County High School will be provided.  A variety of parental educational opportunities will be provided for all parents in the school to learn about child development, child rearing issues, and other areas designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children. The   Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator and the Parent Advisory Council will supervise and coordinate services.

 

·         Stewart County High School will involve parents in an ongoing and end-of-the year assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the parent involvement initiatives as a measure of performance evaluations of the school. Parents will complete Parent Involvement evaluations after each Parent Involvement meeting and the end-of-the-year Title I Parent Involvement Survey.

 

·         Stewart County High School will ensure, to the extent practical, full opportunities for the participation of the parents of LEP students, parents of migratory children, and parents with disabilities. Parents will be provided information on school profiles and information related to school and parent programs in an understandable and uniform format and in a language the parent can understand. The school will utilize the Southern Pine Migrant Education Agency for assistance in translating documents and meetings for Spanish speaking parents. The school will search additional community resources as needed for other languages.

 

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·         Stewart County High School will provide to the extent possible other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

 

·         Stewart County High School will involve parents in the joint development of the school-parent compact that outlines how parents will be responsible for supporting student learning. This will be done through the Annual Meeting, PTO, meeting and workshops provided by the Parent Involvement Coordinator, and the Parent Advisory Council.

 

·         Stewart County High School will describe its responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served under Title I to meet Georgia’s student performance goals in the development of the Student-Parent-Teacher Compact.

 

·         Stewart County High School will explain in the Student-Parent-Teacher Compact ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning through such activities as: monitoring attendance, homework completion, and watching television; volunteering in the school or child’s classroom; participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children; and the positive use of extra-curricular time.

 

·         Stewart County High School will address the importance of communication between teachers and parents in an ongoing basis through:

 

·         At a minimum, one annual Parent-Teacher conference will be held to discuss the Home-School Compact as it relates to the Title I student’s achievement.

 

·         Frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress will be communicated through weekly work folders, progress reports, report cards, and conferences.

 

·         Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s classes, and to observe classroom activities will be provided. Teachers will be available to meet individually with parents during planning periods, before and after school, and other scheduled times. The Parent Involvement Coordinator will conduct workshops on becoming a parent volunteer and discuss numerous ways parents’ services can be utilized in the school. Parents will always be welcomed to visit classrooms to observe instruction and various classroom activities. Visitations will be scheduled through the office.

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