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Happy Valley ESD (Santa Cruz) |  AR  6020  Instruction

Parent Involvement   

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To ensure that parents/guardians are provided with opportunities to be involved in their children's education, the Superintendent/Principal or designee shall:

1. Involve parents/guardians in the joint development of the Title I local educational agency (LEA) plan pursuant to 20 USC 6312 and the process of school review and improvement pursuant to 20 USC 6316 (20 USC 6318)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee may:

a. Establish a committee including parent/guardian representatives to review and comment on the LEA plan in accordance with the review schedule established by the Board of Trustees

b. Invite input on the LEA plan from other district committees and the school site council

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

c. Communicate with parents/guardians through the district newsletter, web site, or other methods regarding the LEA plan and the opportunity to provide input

d. Provide copies of working drafts of the LEA plan to parents/guardians in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents/guardians can understand

e. Ensure that there is an opportunity at a public Board meeting for public comment on the LEA plan prior to the Board's approval of the plan or revisions to the plan

2. Provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist the school in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance (20 USC 6318)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee may:

a. Provide ongoing workshops to assist staff and parents/guardians in planning and implementing improvement strategies, and seek input from parents/guardians in developing the workshops

b. Provide information to staff and parents/guardians about the indicators and assessment tools that will be used to monitor progress

3. Build the capacity of the school and parents/guardians for strong parent involvement (20 USC 6318)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall: (20 USC 6318)

a. Assist parents/guardians in understanding such topics as the state's academic content standards and academic achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - Standardized Testing and Reporting Program)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

b. Provide materials and training to help parents/guardians work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parent involvement

c. Educate teachers, student services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents/guardians, in the value and utility of parent/guardian contributions and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents/guardians as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent/guardian programs, and build ties between parents/guardians and the schools

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

d. To the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents/guardians in more fully participating in their children's education

e. Ensure that information related to school and parent/guardian programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents/guardians in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents/guardians can understand

f. Provide other such reasonable support for parent involvement activities as parents/guardians may request

g. Inform parents/guardians and parent organizations of the existence and purpose of parent information and resource centers in the state that provide training, information, and support to parents/guardians of participating students

In addition, the Superintendent/Principal or designee may:

a. Involve parents/guardians in the development of training for teachers and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training

b. Provide necessary literacy training, using Title I funds if the district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training

c. Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents/guardians to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions

d. Train parents/guardians to enhance the involvement of other parents/guardians

e. Arrange school meetings at a variety of times or, when parents/guardians are unable to attend such conferences, conduct in-home conferences between parents/guardians and teachers or other educators who work directly with participating students

f. Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parent involvement

g. Establish a parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent involvement in Title I programs

h. Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities

i. Make referrals to community agencies and organizations that offer literacy training, parent education programs, and/or other services that help to improve the conditions of parents/guardians and families

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

j. Provide a master calendar of district activities and district meetings

k. Provide information about opportunities for parent involvement through the district newsletter, web site, or other written or electronic means

l. Engage parent-teacher organizations to actively seek out and involve parents/guardians through regular communication updates and information sessions

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

m. To the extent practicable, provide translation services at the school and at meetings involving parents/guardians as needed

n. Provide training and information to members of the school site council and advisory committees to help them fulfill their functions

o. Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of staff development activities related to parent involvement

p. Include expectations for parent/guardian outreach and involvement in staff job descriptions and evaluations

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4215 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4315 - Evaluation/Supervision)

4. Coordinate and integrate Title I parent involvement strategies with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs (20 USC 6318)

(cf. 6300 - Preschool/Early Childhood Education)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee may:

a. Identify overlapping or similar program requirements

b. Involve school representatives from other programs to assist in identifying specific population needs

c. Schedule joint meetings with representatives from related programs and share data and information across programs

d. Develop a cohesive, coordinated plan focused on student needs and shared goals

5. Conduct, with involvement of parents/guardians, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the school (20 USC 6318)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall:

a. Ensure that the evaluation include the identification of barriers to greater participation in parent involvement activities, with particular attention to parents/guardians who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background (20 USC 6318)

b. Use the evaluation results to design strategies for more effective parent involvement and, if necessary, to recommend changes in the parent involvement policy (20 USC 6318)

c. Assess the district's progress in meeting annual objectives for the parent involvement program, notify parents/guardians of this review and assessment through regular school communications mechanisms, and provide a copy to parents/guardians upon their request (Education Code 11503)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee may:

a. Use a variety of methods, such as focus groups, surveys, and workshops, to evaluate the satisfaction of parents/guardians and staff with the quality and frequency of district communications

b. Gather and monitor data regarding the number of parents/guardians participating in district activities and the types of activities in which they are engaged

c. Recommend to the Board measures to evaluate the impact of the district's parent involvement efforts on student achievement

6. Involve parents/guardians in the activities of the school (20 USC 6318)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee may:

a. Include information about school activities in district communications to parents/guardians

b. To the extent practicable, provide translation services or other accommodations needed to encourage participation of parents/guardians with special needs

c. Establish processes to encourage parent/guardian input regarding their expectations and concerns for their children

The district's Board policy and administrative regulation containing parent involvement strategies shall be incorporated into the LEA plan and distributed to parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs. (20 USC 6318)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)


approved: September 9, 2009 Santa Cruz, California