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Calumet Public Schools

Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Calumet Public Schools’ Title I program encourages Title I parents and guardians to be involved with their children’s education. This goal will be accomplished through increased communication and interaction among Title I teachers, Title I staff, and parents and guardians of Title I students. This policy outlines activities and opportunities offered to parents during the school year to facilitate involvement in the Title I program.

Notification:

  1. Notify parents/guardians that their child has been selected to participate in Title I and explain how and why the child has been selected.
  2. Provide parents/guardians and their child with a copy of the Home-School Involvement Compact.
  3. Provide parents/guardians with a copy of the Title I Parent Involvement Policy.

Annual Meetings:

  1. Convene an Annual Meeting in October/November of each year to which all parents and guardians of participating children will be invited to explain the program and activities.
  • describe the instructional program, including the assessment criteria and how students are selected
  • explain federal rules and regulations regarding Title I
  • inform parents of documents available to them
  • explain workshops and school visits to which parents are invited and encouraged to participate
  • meet the Title I staff
  1. Convene an Annual Review Meeting in May of each year to which all parents and guardians of participating children will be invited to assess program policy and involvement.
  • assess Home-School Involvement Compact
  • assess Parent Involvement Policy
  • assess program policy and activities via a written survey; respond to recommendations

Written Policies:

  1. Develop written policies, after consultation and review by parents, to ensure that parents are involved in the planning, design, and implementation of the Title I program.
  2. Title I laws, regulations, and policy documents are available to parents.
  3. Program proposal, containing all aspects of the program, evaluations, and other documents are available to parents.
  4. Provide a vehicle for timely response to parent input.
  5. Inform parents of their right to access information.
  6. Send letter to parents that states how their child was selected to participate in the Title I program.
  7. The instructional objective of the program is specified to parents through progress reports.

Policy Availability:

  1. Develop a brochure stating policies and parents’ rights and responsibilities. Translate brochure into languages as necessary.
  2. Plan to send brochure to parents of all eligible students at the beginning of the school year.
  3. Make Title I policy available to parents of participating children.
  4. Develop with parents planned activities on a yearly basis.

Progress Reports:

  1. Provide parents of participating children with reports prior to report cards on their child’s progress. These reports may be in the form of narratives or portfolio summaries.
  2. The progress report is sent home each marking term inside the child’s school report card.
  3. The parent or guardian will read and sign off on the progress report each marking term and return it to the Title I teacher.
  4. In the space for comments, or on an attached page, the parent or guardian may offer feedback or comments on the progress report.
  5. In addition to English, progress reports will be made available, to the extent practicable, in a language or alternative format that parents can understand.
  6. Conduct a parent-teacher conference with the parents of each participating child to discuss the child’s progress, placement, and methods the parents can use to complement the child’s instruction.
  7. Title I teachers will be readily available to meet with parents both in person and via telephone or e-mail.

Observations:

  1. Permit parents and guardians of participating children to observe Title I program activities.
  2. Communicate to parents that they may observe their child’s Title I reading instruction at any time.
  3. Assist parents who are not able to visit the school during the day to learn about Title I instruction through coordinating before or after school meetings with the teacher or telephone conference with the teacher.

Timely Information:

  1. Provide parents of participating children with timely information about the program.
  2. A full-time parent coordinator is responsible for disseminating information to parents in a number of ways: brochures, notices, meetings, newsletters, telephone outreach, response to questions posed by parents, and yearly informational meetings.
  3. Provide parents with information and a material for supporting their child’s reading development at home.

Appropriate Language:

  1. To the extent practicable, provide information, programs, and activities for parents in a language and form that parents and guardians can understand.
  2. Develop a brochure of general information, which will be translated into appropriate languages as deemed necessary.
  3. Determine home language of parents or guardian of students.
  4. Investigate possibility of translators for meetings.
  5. Send progress reports in appropriate languages as needed.