1 DALTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY First from previous year policy Draft May, 2012 FPPAC review May 30, 2012 Adopted September 13, 2012 Reviewed August 1, 2013 Reviewed October 15, 2014 PIP is available in a variety of ways: at each parent resource center, school, registration office, central office, and online. All parents and stakeholders are welcome to provide any comments/suggestions/recommendations to this document. Please contact Laura Orr Federal Programs Director (706) or
2 PART 1: GENERAL EXPECTATIONS Dalton Public Schools believes that each student can learn more than he/she is currently learning and that students should be provided quality, engaging work. Dalton Public Schools is only as strong as the support of the beliefs and goals of the school system by the school board, staff, parents, students and citizens of the community. Parent and community involvement are an integral part of the learning process of all students. Dalton Public Schools has a Parent Involvement Policy to serve all the parents in our school district. The Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy will be available at each parent resource center, school, registration office, and parent workshops. The Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy will be reviewed by parents, administrators, parent involvement coordinators, and the community. The Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy will be available for review at the beginning of the year, at each parent resource center, and at each parent workshop. The Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy will be periodically updated and reviewed to meet the changing needs of the parents and the district. The Dalton Public Schools Parent Involvement Policy agrees to be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement and will carry out programs and activities and procedures in accordance with this definition. o Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring: That parents play an integral role in assisting their child s learning That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child s education 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, ensuring that other activities, such as those described in section 1118 (b) of the ESEA are carried out.
3 PART II: DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF POLICY Dalton Public Schools parents will be involved in the joint development and distribution of the Title I Plan and Parent Involvement Policy through the use of parent surveys, committee memberships, school wide planning teams, school councils, and participation on Federal Programs Parent Involvement Advisory Group, and PTA/PTO committees PROVIDE COORDINATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE Title I schools will be provided with the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist in planning and implementing effective parent involvement. Title I funds will be set aside to provide monetary support to all Title I schools for effective parent involvement activities, workshops, and support. Title I works in collaboration with other parenting programs that exist in the school district to provide information and resources to assist parents in ways to help their children achieve at a higher level in school. BUILD STRONG CAPACITY FOR PARENT INVOLVEMENT - Title I schools will plan programs designed to improve parent involvement. Parent committees, PTA/PTO and school committees work toward increasing parent involvement. Parent involvement strategies are included in individual school Title I plans, AdvancED, and FLP plans. PRE-KINDERGARTEN - In all PK-5 schools, with state funded Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Programs, parenting workshops are held collaboratively with Title I, EIP, Migrant and ELL when feasible. Little Cats is a district initiative to assist parents in working with their preschool age (3 and 4 year olds) on basic literacy skills to be ready to transition into PreK and Kindergarten programs. Children and their parents attend Little Cats classes together to build both child and parent capacity to successfully transition to the school setting and increase the probability of school success in the very earliest grades. ANNUAL EVALUATION - Schools will annually survey parents to ascertain the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Parent Involvement Policy. Areas to be evaluated will include identifying barriers to parent participation such as low income, disabilities, limited literacy, LEP or other racial or ethnic considerations. The findings of this evaluation will be used for school improvement and reviewing and revising the parent involvement policy each year.
4 INVOLVE PARENTS IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES - Title I schools involve parents in school activities in a variety of ways: Parent Resource Center Individual schools will provide parents with resources through informational centers and resource rooms. Parental informational training (introduction to school system, parent/ teacher conferences, grading system, standardized testing, student learning objectives, opening parent portal accounts, academic resources in school and online, school programs, school involvement, support of students at home, health and hygiene, discipline, children safety, gang and social issues, college, nutrition) After school homework help for at risk students- (based on recommendations of teachers) Computer software for parents to help with English language learning and academics Little Cats initiative to assist parents in working with their preschool age (3 and 4 year olds) on basic literacy skills to be ready to transition into PreK and Kindergarten programs Electronic devices, books and tapes in English and other languages of students represented in the system for students to use there and take home Liaisons between schools and parents- Parent Involvement Coordinators for Title I, Title III, Pre-K, Special Education, Parent Mentor and School Social Workers Community fair- partner with community agencies District partnerships: Federal Programs (Title I, Migrant, Homeless, Title III, ESS), Bright from the Start, School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Committees Community partnership: Dalton State College, CLILA, ACLA, Promotoras, Family Support Council, Teen Resource, Faith-based organizations/churches and other organizations Parent/Teacher conferences are offered, either scheduled or as requested, to share information with parents about their child s academic progress, progress reports and report cards, standardized test results and interpretation and curriculum/resources. Other information such as behavior records may be shared as necessary. PARENTAL INPUT AND PARENTAL COMMENTS - Parental input concerning parenting activities and school improvements will be welcomed. Parents will serve on the school council of each Title I school and on the district Federal Programs Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (FPPAC). Schools will be allocated funds for parent involvement. Schools will keep minutes with all parent comments included. ALLOCATION - The LEA will allocate one percent (1%) of the total Title I, Part A allocation for parent involvement.
5 DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS - The LEA will distribute funds based on the eligibility report and the regulations identified in the law. Schools will submit individual budgets to the district Title I Coordinator based on identified needs as stated in the school s Title I Plan. DALTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TITLE I PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN - Each Title I school has a plan for parent involvement included in the school s Title I Plan. The plan is developed with input from teachers, community members, and parents. Presentations for school staff and school parents about the Title I program and services are provided at each school. Strategies for parent involvement are included as a part of the school s plan. The system has a plan that includes all requirements mandated by the ESEA. SPECIAL RULE - The school parent involvement plan will be reviewed and updated each year based on the changing needs of the school s population. The plan is available for parent review upon request. AMENDMENT - The LEA parent involvement plan/policy may be reviewed and amended based on the changing needs of the Title I eligible schools and the needs of parents. PARENT COMMENTS - If the parent involvement plan/policy is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the LEA shall submit any parent comments with the plan. Parent comments shall be kept on file (if applicable) in the Title I coordinator s office. ANNUAL MEETING - In the fall of the year, each Title I school will host an Annual Title I meeting. Parents will be notified about the meeting in writing in a timely manner. At the annual meeting parents will be informed of the Title I Program, its requirements, the school s curriculum, and their rights to be involved in the decisions made about their children s education. INVOLVING PARENTS IN PLANNING AND REVIEW - School Councils meet each spring to review and update school improvement plans. Parents are members of each school council. Parent input is obtained through electronic feedback, surveys and during parent conferences and schoolwide parent meetings. TIMELY INFORMATION TO PARENTS - Parents will be provided a school handbook each year with timely information about school calendars, programs, conferences, a description of the curriculum, and academic assessment forms that are used to measure student progress and
6 proficiency levels. If requested, opportunities will be provided for parents to meet with school personnel to participate in discussions and decisions relating to their child s education. DESCRIPTION AND EXPLANATION OF THE CURRICULUM - Parents are invited to an open house in the fall at each school. A description and explanation of the curriculum is explained during this meeting and during parent/teacher conferences throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to be familiar with the Georgia Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. These can be found online at >>>>> Standards based report cards are used in grades K-5. Standards based rubrics and progress reports are utilized to educate parents about the student s academic expectations. Parent meetings are held to explain the reporting process and in-depth information is shared with parents about curriculum expectations. OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGULAR PARENT MEETINGS - Parents will be provided with opportunities to attend workshops and family night activities throughout the school year. Opportunities are planned at various times during the day to accommodate working parents and parents with small children. PART III: SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL S RESPONSIBILITY TO HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM - All curriculums in Dalton Public Schools will follow national and state standards. All instructional materials will be scientifically researched based and instructionally appropriate for the student population. Teachers are expected to provide quality, engaging work for all students. PARENTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT THE FOLLOWING:
7 Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) - Information will be shared through the local media, letters, conferences and parent meetings. Schools who qualify under the Georgia ESEA Flexibility waiver status will send letters home explaining the school status. College and Career Ready Performance Index for elementary, middle, and high Parents will be made aware of CCRPI progress of their school. CCGPS Common Core Georgia Performance Standard and Student Performance Standards Parents will be made aware of state and national standards and will be given information about what level their child is expected to perform to meet state and national standards. Each year parents will be provided information concerning the results of state and local assessments. Parents will receive school performance profiles, individual student assessment results, and an interpretation of the results. Opportunities will be provided for parents to discuss testing results with central office and school personnel. Other ways parent capacity will be built in this area include: Parental information training on the district s K-5 Standards Based Report Cards Parent Conferences Parent University Home visits with parents Parent Portal Accounts provided to parents with training on use Schoolwide Model Grades K-12 Components of a School Wide Program Schools that have 40% of their students receiving free and reduced lunches are eligible for School Wide Title I. All schools in Dalton Public Schools are eligible and are classified as having School Wide Programs. Each school has developed a School Wide plan with a Parent Involvement Plan. State and Local Assessments Each year parents will be provided information concerning the results of state and local assessments. Parents will receive school performance profiles, individual student assessment results, and an interpretation of the results. In addition Assisting in understanding the state s content standards, academic achievement standards, assessments, monitoring a child s progress, and working with educators. DPS has distributed by grade level the State generated GPS brochures. Parent meetings are held after school hours, during school hours, during early release days, at job-site, etc. Home visits to discuss student progress and how to monitor student s progress. Provide materials and training to assist their children. Through parent meetings, Family Nights, parent sessions, etc.
8 Educating staff in the value and utility of contributions. Site staff discussions are held on the importance of parent involvement and on ethics relative to working with students and parents. Coordinating and integrating parental involvement programs and activities with other programs (e.g. Head Start, Reading First) including other activities that encourages and supports parents to increased participation. Parental involvement programs for Title I, EIP, ESS, Bright from the Start, Migrant, Homeless, Reading Recovery, Literacy Collaborative, are all integrated. Programs plan together, provide services together, and evaluate program effectiveness together. Ensuring that information is sent to the parents in an understandable language, school system personnel make an effort to write materials that will be sent to parents in a user friendly language. Due to the high percentage of students and parents who speak Spanish, documents are distributed in a minimum of English and Spanish when feasible. Each school has a translator(s) on site and the system also has access to the DOE Transact program for materials in a variety of languages. Providing such other reasonable support as requested. The district always strives to provide such other reasonable support as requested by parents. Each school as well as the district Central Office has a small area dedicated to parent resources where parents can pick up reading materials and applicable parent information. Each Title I school has a plan for parent involvement included in the school s Title I Plan. The plan is developed with input from teachers and parents. Each school will have a presentation about the Title I program and services for school staff and school parents. Strategies for parent involvement are included as a part of the school s plan. DPS employees and the parent involvement coordinator will assist schools in increasing parental participation. The coordinator is heavily involved in designing and facilitating activities for parents through the Parent Resource Center. She also assists schools with obtaining and organizing parent resources at school sites. Some of the activities she coordinates include: English Language classes for parents - Parents are able to attend classes taught by volunteers from DPS, DSC, Title III Parent Liaison and other organizations. Parental information training (introduction to school system, parent/ teacher conferences, grading system, testing (CCRPI, CCGPS, CRCT, GKAP, HSGT, ACCESS, Writing tests, etc.), school programs, school involvement, support of students at home, health and hygiene, discipline, child safety, gang and social issues, college, nutrition, etc.) Three main sessionsa. Information about school procedures, expectations, services, programs, code of conduct etc. b. Local and school assessments c. Successful conference After school homework help for at risk students including Migrant and Homeless students (based on recommendations of teachers) Computer software for parents and students to help with English language learning and academics
9 Books and tapes in English and other languages are available for students to use at the school or take home Liaisons between schools and parents Community fair- partner with community agencies PARENTS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: PTA/PTO Meetings Conferences Fund Raising Activities Family Nights Book Fairs Outreach Program Open House Field Day Activities Parent Seminars Home Visits Lunch with their child Translators Resource Center Parent Reader or Tutor Career Day Speaker English Classes Family Home Projects Counseling Workshops RTI Teams Classroom Volunteer Classroom Visits Field Trip Chaperone School Council Meetings Computer Classes FPPAC Federal Programs Parent Advisory Committee Provide Resources for Parents Bilingual Information Parent University Informative Videos in English and Spanish Transition Meetings for Upcoming Kindergarten, Sixth Graders, and Eighth Graders DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS 1. Parenting The district employees a Title I parent involvement coordinator and a Title III parent involvement coordinator. Additionally, there are 3 other coordinators at school sites. All of these build capacity for staff to understand the value of and utility of contributions of parents, how to reach out and communicate with parents, and how to partner with parents, implement and coordinate parent programs
10 and build parental ties with schools. Each year, the district also sends a team of people to the DOE sponsored Parent Engagement Conference in Athens. The team (20 people in FY14) consists of district and school administrators, coordinators, counselors, social workers, and teachers). The team then redelivers information within the district and online through the district s online learning management system, Canvas. Some other ways capacity is built includes: Information shared at staff meetings Assistance with parent conferences An online Parent Engagement Course has been set up in the district s online learning management system, Canvas. Resources for supporting parent involvement are posted there including: DOE webinars DOE Templates Guidance documents Sample documents Shared resources Links to resources 2. Communicating To the extent practical, every effort is made to provide parents with information in their home language, either written or through an interpreter. Due to the high percentage of students and parents in the district who speak Spanish, documents are distributed in a minimum of English and Spanish when feasible. Each school has a translator(s) on site and the system also has access to the DOE Transact program for materials in a variety of languages. The Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator, Title III Director and Title III Parent Involvement Coordinator support these efforts as well as school staff who are bilingual. Parent volunteers and students from the Morris Innovative Translation Pathway Academy are also available and utilized to translate. The district s website is also available in multiple languages. 3. Volunteering Dalton Public Schools encourages parents to be volunteers at their children s school. Some of the opportunities for parents to volunteer are: Parent Involvement Policy, School Improvement Plan, Compact, conferences, special events, reading to students in classrooms, assisting teachers with preparing resources, and building improvement activities. 4. Learning at Home
11 Dalton Public Schools has information and materials available for parents to check out. We also offer the opportunity to attend workshops that will provide tips, resources, ideas, and referrals for parents to help their children at home with homework, reading, math, behavior, routines, and many more. 5. Decision Making Dalton Public Schools has an active group of parents, administrators and community members participating in the Federal Programs Parents Advisory Committee (FPPAC). Feedback is reviewed and considered when reviewing the district s Title I Plan, Parent Involvement Policy, Curriculum, CLIP, and other district documents. 6. Collaborating with Community Dalton Public Schools works very closely with different organizations and businesses in our community for mutual support and services. Some of these organizations are: Dalton Education Foundation, Archway, Whitfield-Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Sharing is Caring, Whitfield County Health Department, Family Connections, Department of Family and Children Services, among others. PART IV: ADOPTION Dalton Public School s Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon by, parents of children participating in Title I Part A programs, as evidenced by: This policy was adopted by Dalton Public Schools for the school year and will be in effect for subsequent years. This policy was re-drafted on May 2012, reviewed on May 30, 2012, and adopted on September 13, The policy was then reviewed again on August 1, 2013 and October 15, The school district will distribute this policy to all the schools of participating Title I Part A students, during parent workshops, and at the Central office. Dalton Public School s notification to parents of this policy will be in an understandable and uniform format to the extent practical. Laura Orr Federal Programs Director Dalton Public School