• BURCH PK-8 SCHOOL


    PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY 2018 - 2019

     


    PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

     

    Burch PK8 agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

    • Consistent with section 1118, the school will ensure that the required school level parental involvement
      policy meets the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA, and includes, as a component, a school-parent
      compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
    • Schools will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent
      practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local
      community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of the parents and/or school.
    • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school
      will 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
      required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and including
      alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in language parents understand.
    •  If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A developed under section 1114(b) of the ESEA, is not
      satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the
      plan to the local educational agency (school district).
    • The school will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how
      funds reserved under this part are spent for parent involvement activities. The school will build its own
      and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of
      parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student
      academic achievement.
    • The school will provide parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA in the areas of
      improving student achievement, child development, child rearing, and additional topics parents may
      request.

     

    The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry
    out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

    • 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; and in
    4. The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

     

     

    PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL
    PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

     

    1. Burch PK8 shall take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and review of its
    school parental involvement policy under section 1118 of the ESEA:

    • The staff will extend an invitation to parents to become members of the Parent Involvement Policy
      Planning Committee.
    • These meetings will be scheduled to brainstorm various parent involvement trainings/workshops that
      will assist families as needed to improve students’ academic progress.
    • A Spring County Survey will be sent to all parents for suggestions concerning the
      development/revision of Burch PK8’s Parent Involvement Policy especially concerning parent
      trainings/workshops.

     


    2. Burch PK8 shall take the following actions to involve parents in the process of planning, joint
    development of the program, and review and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A of the
    ESEA:

    • Title I and Special Education Personnel will collaborate with the Parent Involvement Planning
      Committee to implement parent/school trainings and workshops.
    • The Parent Involvement Planning Committee will strive to accommodate parents of children with
      exceptionalities to further gather input in the development of the Parent Involvement Committee.
    • Burch PK-8’s School Parent Educator Resource Center (PERC) Representative will assist in
      collaboration by sharing information with all parents.
    • PERC will also share information obtained at county level meetings with the Parent Involvement
      Planning Committee Members.


    3. Burch PK8 shall hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A
    programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title
    I, Part A programs. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs
    to this meeting.

    • The Title I Staff of Burch PK-8 will organize two separate annual meetings to inform parents of the
      school’s participation in the Title I program. The first annual meeting will occur at the beginning of
      the new school term and the second one will be scheduled at the end of the second semester. An
      overview of the Title I Program, expenditures, goals, and the purpose of Title I Services will also be
      explained/discussed.
    • Parents will receive invitations in a timely manner to all parent trainings and workshops. Title I
      Staff is available for telephone conferences and/or home visits if needed or per request.
    • Parents will be encouraged to participate in the review/revision of the School-Parent-Student
      Compact and the School Parent Involvement Policy.
    • Parents’ rights regarding teacher qualifications will be explained including the county process.
    • School volunteers will be strongly encouraged according to county criterion.

     

    4. Burch PK8 shall provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I,
    Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of
    academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are
    expected to meet.

    • At the first scheduled annual Title I Meeting, the staff will provide an explanation of the county
      adopted curriculum in use, the forms of assessment utilized to measure student progress, and the
      proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
    • Staff will notify the families regarding county assessment benchmark results (Pals & Star 360) and
      readily discuss these results for a deeper understanding.
    • West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) results will be sent home to all students and
      individual assistance will be provided as needed for interpretation.
    • Parents will be informed of the county/school curriculum utilized by the school staff and the WV
      College & Career Readiness Standards that guide specific grade level classroom instruction.
    • Parents will be kept informed of their student’s progress through the following sources: IEP
      Meetings; LiveGrades; Parent/Teacher Conferences; Progress Reports; Report Cards; SAT
      meetings; School Email; School Facebook Groups; Telephone Calls; US Postal Service.

     

    5. Burch PK8 shall, at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings, held at flexible
    times, for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the
    education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably
    possible by:

    • Parents will be kept involved in decisions regarding their student’s education through the following
      sources: Board of Education Meetings; IEP Meetings; LiveGrades; Parent/Teacher Conferences;
      Parent Notes; Progress Reports; Report Cards; SAT Meetings; School Email; School Facebook
      Groups; Telephone Calls; US Postal Service.
    • Parents will receive invitations in a timely manner to all parent trainings and workshops.
    • Individual flexible meetings will be arranged to accommodate parents of children with disabilities as
      needed and/or requested.
    • Appropriate materials to encourage student academic success, curriculum based workshops, which
      address parent concerns/needs and impact staff professional development will be scheduled.
    • Parents are encouraged to volunteer at the school according to county criteria and PTO involvement
      is encouraged to be an active school partner.

     

    6. Burch PK8 shall provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child
    on the state assessment in at least math, language arts, and reading by:

    • Sending individual student assessment reports home to parents explaining their child’s performance
      in grades 3-8 on the state assessment (WV General Summative Assessment). Assistance will be
      provided to parents on how to analyze the results of their child’s state assessment per request.
    • Pals county/state benchmark results for grades PK-2 will also be sent home to the families and the
      school staff will be readily available to explain/discuss the students’ assessment results.

     

    7. Burch PK8 shall take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has
    been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly
    qualified (fully certified) within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final
    Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002):

    • The school principal will receive notification of a teacher who is not fully certified from the Mingo
      County Department of Education.
    • Letters will be mailed from Mingo County Central Office Personnel Department to parents of
      children who have been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not fully
      certified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulation (67 Fed.
      Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).

     

    8. Burch PK8 shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in
    understanding topics by undertaking the actions described below –
    A. The state’s academic content standards;
    B. The state’s student academic achievement standards;
    C. The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments;
    D. The requirements of Title I Part A;
    E. How to monitor their child’s progress; and
    F. How to work with educators:

    • Educational opportunities, which exist under the requirements of Title, I Part A.
    • County & State Student Assessments including clarification regarding Alternate assessments (DLM)
      & Early Learning Reporting Systems (PK & K).
    • Explanation of the WV College & Career Readiness Skill Standards according to specific grade
      levels.
    • How to monitor their child’s academic progress.
    • How to work with school educators.

     

    9. Burch PK8 shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children in the areas of
    improving student achievement (including literacy training and using technology), child development,
    child rearing, and additional topics parents may request.

    • Parent workshops held on a variety of topics may include the following: Child Rearing Practices;
      County, School, and State Assessments; English Language Arts & Math; Technology.
    • Parents may request additional information and/or materials on the above topics. All parent requests
      are given high priority.

     

    10. Burch PK8 shall, with the assistance of its 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:

    • Professional development will be conducted to educate school personnel regarding how to
      communicate with and work with parents as equal partners. Recognize the valued contributions of
      parents and develop positive rapport that will positively impact student academic success.
    • The Mingo County Parent Resource Center and Mingo County Central Office Title I Staff will
      disseminate informative articles/brochures and survey families to validate possible trainings.
    • Active PTO involvement is strongly encouraged.

     

    11. Burch PK8 shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement
    programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction
    Programs for Preschool Youngsters, and the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other
    programs. The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage
    and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:

    • Head Start/Pre-School and Kindergarten Staff will conduct home visits at the beginning of each school
      term.
    • The staff of Burch PK8, school educational partners (Head Start), and community members will meet
      to plan transition from Head Start/Pre-School to Kindergarten.

     

    12. Burch PK8 shall take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent –
    programs, meetings, and other activities are sent to 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:

    • Mingo County Central Office Staff and the PERC Staff will work with Burch PK8 to review printed
      materials to ensure that it is written in a family friendly language for all parents to understand.
    • All booklets, brochures, home-to-school notes & letters, memos, and newsletters, will be written in a
      language which is easily understood.
    • Burch PK-8 activities and special meetings will be announced by utilizing the following resources:
      Community calendar in the local newspaper; LiveGrades; School Notes &Newsletters, School Website;
      Social Media; SWVCTC Channel 17; Telephone calls.

     

     

    PART III. ADOPTION


    This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, the parents of
    children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by written documentation.
    This policy was adopted by Burch PK8 on September 21, 2018 and will be in effect for the 2018 school year.
    The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before
    September 28, 2018.