FILE:  IFD

Cf:  IDDG, IFDA

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

 

 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

 

The Jackson Parish School System recognizes that in order to ensure significant and sustained academic gains for children, it is essential that parents be involved in the education of their children.

 

Therefore, the Jackson Parish School Board agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

 

 

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

 

  1. that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

  2. that parents 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 ESEA.

 

 

PROCEDURES

 

The following is a description of how the Jackson Parish School Board shall implement or accomplish each of the required district wide parent involvement policy components (Section 1118(a)(2), ESEA).

 

  1. The School Board will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under Section 1112 of the ESEA:

 

  1. A draft of the policy, including any recommendations from parents, will be presented annually to the District Parent Advisory Council for review and discussion. The policy will be changed as agreed upon by the council.

  2. The policy will be incorporated in a Title I Parent Handbook sent to all parents of students in Title I schools. It will include a page requesting that comments, questions, and suggestions be forwarded to the Title I staff.

 

  1. The School Board will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

 

  1. Parents will be informed of individual school parent policies through written and verbal communication.  Each Title I school shall produce and distribute a parent/student handbook, which will identify parent policies, activities and services available.  Handbooks will provide a description of how parents will be informed of pupil progression.  Each Title I school will conduct an Annual Title I Parent Meeting allowing parents the opportunity to receive, evaluate and discuss required information about Title I policies and procedures.  The use of Title I schoolwide funds will be explained and parents will be afforded an opportunity to make comments and suggestions.

  2. At each school's Title I Annual Meeting the school's accountability Report Card (which will also be sent home to parents) will be discussed.  Specific topics such as strategies for academic improvement, content and performance standards, school performance scores, performance labels and performance indicators will be explained.  Parents will also be kept abreast of Title 1 activities, goals, and purposes.

  3. The School Board will require each Title 1 school to secure parent input and needs before setting priorities for the expending of the mandated one percent (1%) Title 1 parental involvement money.

  4. School-Parent compacts will be developed to spell out goals, expectations, and shared responsibilities at each school by school personnel and parents, with agreements signed by student, parent, teacher and principal.  Compacts will be disseminated in a variety of ways including open house, weekly folders and parent-teacher conference.  The completed compacts will be filed at each school and a sample copy at the district level.

 

  1. The School Board will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

 

  1. The School Board will provide periodic parental involvement training for teachers and other staff to help them develop needed skills and activities to involve parents in their children's education.

  2. The School Board's Title I Coordinators will work with Title I schools to plan parental involvement activities that center on improving academic achievement.

 

  1. The School Board will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under other programs such as Head Start, Special Services, Adult Ed, and State Preschool Programs by forming an agreement of action to:

 

  1. Promote a smooth transition to public schools by making needed information available through an Open House, brochures, and other avenues.

  2. Encourage other parents and programs to use the resources of the Title I Parent Center.

  3. Involve other parents and programs in Title 1 parental involvement activities.

 

  1. The School Board 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, 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, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority 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 (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.

 

  1. The policy will be evaluated annually by the District Parent Advisory Council (PAC). A copy of all parent comments, suggestions, and recommendations will be provided for the council's consideration.  If any changes are suggested, discussion will take place until an agreement is reached.  The policy will then be updated as needed to meet changing needs of parents and the schools.  The evaluation will include identifying and removing barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are traditionally underserved).

  2. An evaluation instrument will be provided at each Title I Parent Involvement activity. Parents will have the opportunity to evaluate the activity and will be able to make suggestions for improving activities and removing barriers.  A summary of these suggestions and recommendations will be forwarded to the PAC for consideration.

 

  1. The School Board 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 specifically described below:

 

  1. The School Board will hold two (2) or three (3) district parent meetings, offer participation in state meetings, form and meet with a parent advisory committee (PAC), and require the Title I schools to hold an Annual Title I Information Meeting as well as parent workshops to provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the State's academic content standards, the State's student academic achievement standards, the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments, requirements of Title I, Part A, how to monitor their child's progress, and how to work with educators.

  2. The School Board will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, through meetings of the PAC, the Parent Center and school level parent workshops.

  3. The School Board will, with the assistance of its schools 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 using State Department of Education (SDE) personnel and/or hiring consultants for staff development.

  4. The School Board will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Special Services, Adult Ed, and State Preschool Programs, and make resources available (such as the Parent Resource Center), that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

  5. The School Board, will send home information in the home-school communication folder and place in the local newspaper information to ensure that systematic dissemination of 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.

  6. The School Board will maintain a focal point (Parent Center) where parents can be trained how to better help their children, obtain materials and supplies needed to help their children as well as receive help in improving their own academic and parenting skills.

 

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

 

Each student in grades 4-12 and each parent or guardian of a student in grades 4-12, shall annually sign a Statement of Compliance, in accordance with state law.  For students, the Statement of Compliance Statement shall state that the student agrees to attend school regularly, arrive at school on time, demonstrate significant effort toward completion of homework assignments, and follow school and classroom rules.  For parents, the Statement of Compliance shall state that the parent or legal guardian agrees to ensure his/her child’s daily attendance at school, ensure his/her child’s arrival at school on time each day, ensure his/her child completes all assigned homework, and attend all required parent/teacher/principal conferences.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

 

In conjunction with the district services rendered under the School Board’s parental involvement program, the School Board shall maintain contact and communication with social service and health agencies, faith-based institutions, and community groups to support key family and community services and issues.  In particular, the Jackson Parish School Board has a strong relationship with and support from community and/or governmental organizations such as Families in Need of Services (FINS), Partners in Education, and District Parent/Teacher Organization.  One of the primary goals of these groups is to support, supplement, and assist in improving involvement of parents of children in the Jackson Parish public schools.

 

Revised:  July, 2008

 

 

Ref:    20 USC 6312 (Local Educational Agency Plans)

20 USC 6318 (Parent and Family Engagement)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:235.2

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 11-4-02, 5-5-08

 

Jackson Parish School Board