2020-2021 Parent & Family Engagement Policy

  • The written school Parent and Family Engagement Policy establishes the school’s expectation for Parent and Family Engagement and describes how the school will build the school and parent capacity for strong parent and family engagement. This plan includes all federal requirements, was developed with and agreed upon with parents, distributed to parents, and is being implemented.

    (1) Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand.

    New Center provides all school documents available to parents and the community in English and Spanish. A translator is contacted for additional assistance when needed.

    (2) Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

    The policy is available on our website and presented at the annual Orientation Night. Updates are made when needed.

    (3) The 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.

    A Title 1 meeting was conducted on Orientation Night. The meeting was conducted twice to present to Kindergarten and then for 1st-8th grades. The school’s participation in Title 1 was explained at these meetings and parents were encouraged to be involved with the various school activities, including the Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

    (4) The school offers 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.

    The Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled at different times to be convenient for the families. Teachers are available during their planning times, as well as, specially scheduled times to meet the parents’ schedule.

    (5) Parents are involved in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy and the joint development of the school-wide program plan under section 1114(b)(2), except that if a school has in place a process for involving parents in the joint planning and design of the school's programs, the school may use that process, if such process includes an adequate representation of parents of participating children.

    The school regularly meets with the parents to develop, review, and amend the school-wide Title 1 program.

    (6) The school provides parents of participating children timely information about programs under Title I.

    The parents are provided with up-to-date information concerning the Title 1 program through meetings at the school, the school website, monthly newsletters, Remind messages, and parent emails.

    (7) The school provides parents of participating children a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

    All families are provided the Parent’s Guide to the Curriculum handbook, STAR screening results three times or more yearly, and TNReady reports when available. GradeBook Wizard is available to all parents to view grade reports and assignments 24 hours per day. Parent/Teacher conferences are conducted quarterly.

    (8) Per parent request 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 suggestions as soon as practically possible.

    All parent requests are honored by the administration and classroom teachers. The school demonstrates an open-door policy.

    (9) A process is in place to submit parent comments on the school wide program (SIP) if it is not satisfactory to the parents when the school makes the plan available to the district/LEA.

    The parents may utilize a variety of methods to submit comments to the school. The Parent Advisory Council has a FaceBook page. The school has a Twitter account. All of the school staff have an email address. The office personnel are always willing to take messages and give them to the appropriate person. The compact is reviewed at various meetings including the quarterly Parent/Teacher Conferences.

    (10) A parent school compact is jointly developed with parents and describes the responsibilities of each stakeholder as required by ESSA Sec. 1116.

    (11) Building capacity for involvement - Assistance is provided to parents in understanding topics such as the State’s academic content standards, State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve student achievement.

    Each student is given a Student Planner which contains the Title 1 policies, the school handbook, and the communication avenues to pursue questions and/or concerns. The parents are given a copy of the Parent’s Guide to the Curriculum that explains the applicable state academic standards for the different grade levels.

    (12) Building capacity for involvement- Materials and training are provided to help parents work with their children to improve their achievement, such as literacy training and using technology to foster parent and family engagement.

    The following materials and training are available for parents: Parent’s Guide to the Curriculum, Student Planners, GradeBook Wizard, Literacy Night Training, School and System Websites, Grant Parent Training Sessions, and parent pamphlets (ex. Writing a Paper, Raising Your Grades, Reading Textbook, Taking Notes).

    (13) Building capacity for involvement - Staff are educated, with the assistance of parents, in the value and contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, build ties between parents and the school.

    Many of our school staff attended the school as children, have grown up in and remained in the school community. There is a deep feeling of family in the school that is translated to our parents and students. The parents are invited to participate in all activities and are valued in their professions and as productive citizens. The families are welcomed to Career Day to contribute about their workplace and jobs.

    (14) Building capacity for involvement - To the extent feasible and appropriate, Title I-A parent and family engagement programs are coordinated and integrated with parent involvement activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, , the 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.

    The Head Start Program visits the school on an annual basis to help transition their students to the school for Kindergarten. Involvement and use of the Parent Resource Center is encouraged. 

    (15) Building capacity for involvement - Provide other reasonable support for Parent and Family Engagement activities per parent request. (Example: transportation, childcare)

    When families make their needs known to the school, every attempt is made to meet that need if  possible. During special times of need, such as the wild fires this past fall, our school reached out to involved families to provide Christmas, food, and gift cards. 

    (16) Accessibility-Local educational agencies and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

    The school provides equal access to all families to participate in the school programs. The school staff assists in completing paperwork for school needs.