PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY

Community Outreach Academy  - PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY

INTRODUCTION

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Community Outreach Academy (COA) will distribute to parents a Parent and Family Engagement Policy. The policy establishes COA’s expectations for parent engagement and describes how COA will implement a number of specific parent engagement activities.

 

We believe effective parent engagement makes a positive difference in the educational success of children. We see “parents” as anyone involved in the care of the child, including  grandparents, aunts,  uncles,  siblings and guardians. Parents will be surveyed yearly to ascertain their interests and needs to help their children be more successful.

PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Community Outreach Academy agrees to  implement the following statutory requirements:

1. With approval of the local governing board, COA has developed and distributed to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy, agreed upon by such parents and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and COA at SSC/ELAC meetings.
2. Hold an annual Title I meeting (COA Back to School Night) to which all parents of participating children will be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I program and to explain the requirements, and the right of the parents to be involved.

3. Offer a flexible number of meetings (SSC/ELAC, Open House, Parent Workshops, etc.) and may provide, with Title I funds, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental engagement.

4. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of COA’s Title I program, including the planning, review, and improvement of COA parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of COA-wide program plan during SSC meetings.

5. To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among COA involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement at COA  under Title I will carry out the following requirements:

  • COA will provide assistance to parents of children served by COA through the Measuring Academic Performance (MAP) Workshops and Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) to better understand such topics as the challenging state academic standards, state and local 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.
  • COA will provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve academic achievement.
  • COA will educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, school leaders, 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, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and COA.
  • COA will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities such as parent resource center, volunteer opportunities, school website resources, radio programs, and parent newsletters to encourage and support parents to participate in the education of their children.
  • COA will ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
  • COA will provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this section as parents may request. Parent Liaisons are available.

 

6. In carrying out the parent and family engagement requirements of this part, COA, to the extent practicable, will provide opportunities for the informed participation of parents and family members (including parents and family members who have limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory children), including providing information and school reports required under 20 U.S.C. § 6311 in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents understand.

7.  As a component of the school-level parent and family engagement policy, COA will jointly develop with parents for all  children served under this  part  a school-parent compact (Three Way School Pledge) that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.

8.   COA School Site Council (SSC) will annually update the COA Parent and Family Engagement Policy  to  meet  the  changing  needs  of  parents  and COA.

PART II. IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

1.  Community Outreach Academy will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its Parent and Family Engagement Policy in an organized, ongoing, and timely way under section 1118(b) of the ESEA:

  • Periodically evaluate and review the plan with parent advisory groups (SSC/ELAC). Have documents translated into Russian and other languages, if necessary.
  • Set up follow-up meetings accordingly.

2.  Community Outreach Academy will take the following actions to distribute to parents of participating children and the  local community, COA Parental and Family Engagement Policy:

  • Post the policy in the “Parent Handbook”.
  • Invite parents to school – distribute the policy.
  • Post the policy in the “Bridges” parent newsletter.
  • Post the policy on COA’s website so parents can read and download it.
  • Share the policy via COA’s radio program.
  • Share the policy during an annual Parent Title I Meeting.
  • Share the policy via School App.

3.  Periodically, Community Outreach Academy will update its Parental and Family Engagement Policy to meet the changing needs of students, parents, and COA:

  • Discuss   issues   at   SSC   meetings   conducted monthly.
  • Discuss changes in policy in newsletters: to parents (“Bridges”); to teachers (“Connections”).
  • Solicit  opinions/interests  of  parents  at  parent meetings.
  • To help make communication with our non-English speaking parents more effective, we will have full-time Bilingual staff available on-site.

4. Community Outreach Academy will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the following:

  • That their child’s school participates in Title I.
  • About the requirements of Title I.
  • Parent Bill of Rights.

5. Community Outreach Academy will provide parents an  opportunity to make suggestions and participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children through SSC/ ELAC.

PART III. SHARED  RESPONSIBILITIES  FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

1. Community   Outreach   Academy   will   build COAs’ and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in  order  to  ensure  effective  involvement of parents and to support a partnership among COA involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

  • Send letters/newsletters home.
  • Translation available.
  • Parent liaison available.
  • Parent Resource Center available.
  • Radio programs available.
  • Conduct educational parent workshops.
  • Provide volunteer opportunities.

2. COA will incorporate Three Way School Pledge as  a  component of  its  Parent  and Family Engagement Policy.

3.  COA  will  provide  assistance to  parents  of children served by COA in understanding the following:

  • The State’s student academic achievement standards.
  • The State academic assessments.
  • COA-wide goals.
  • Monitoring students’ progress.

PART IV. DISCRETIONARY PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

The following activities will be used to support students’ academic achievement:

  • Provide necessary literacy resources for parents from Title I funds, if COA district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.
  • Educate parents to enhance their involvement at school.
  • Maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education by arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or calling home to work directly with participating children and with parents.
  • Adopt and implement various approaches to improving parental involvement.
  • Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parental involvement activities.
  • Provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities.

 

PART V. ADOPTION

This COA Parent and Family Engagement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I. This policy was reviewed by SSC on October 2nd, 2018, and will be in effect for the period of one year. COA will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children. It will be made available to the local community. COA’s notification to parents of this policy will be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provide a copy of this policy to parents in a language the parents can understand.

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