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TITLE 1 PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY 2015-2016

STATE STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Parental Involvement Policy 2015 – 2016

 

With the approval of LAUSD’s Board of Education, State Street Elementary School has written this Parental Involvement Policy (PIP) with input from Title I parents.  State Street Elementary School developed this policy jointly with parents on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by first helping parents understand some of their Title I rights, such as: their right to monitor their child(ren)’s progress, their right to work with our teachers to improve the performance of their decision relating to the improvement of their child(ren)’s education.  The parents of State Street Elementary School’s English Language Advisory Council revised this PIP on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 via an open discussion.  The School Site Council approved the revised PIP on Thursday, December 3, 2015.  The newly adopted PIP was distributed to all parents in English and Spanish using multiple methods, including mailing the PIP home on December 11, 2015 and posting a copy on the school’s website (https://statees-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com), and making the copies available in the main office at the information kiosk.

 

This school-level policy describes the means for carrying out all Title I parental involvement requirements and contains the following four sections: I) Involvement of Parents in the Title I program, II) Shared Responsibility/Home-School Compact, III) Building Capacity for Involvement, and IV) Accessibility [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(c)-(f)].

 

Section I:  Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program

 

To involve parents in the Title I program at State Street Elementary School, the following practices have been established:

 

The school convened our Annual Title I meeting on October 29, 2015 in the Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. facilitated by our Title I Coordinator.  Through this meeting, parents of Title I students were informed about the Title I requirements and their rights to be involved in the Title I program.  Parents were informed via Connect-Ed phone calls, parent letters that were sent home, the school’s marquee and charts on the perimeter fences and doors.

 

The school offers a flexible number of meeting for Title I parents, in the following ways:

 

            1) Back to School Nights are held at varied times and days by grade level.

2) SSC meetings are held in the afternoons on the first Thursday of the month at 2:40 pm to accommodate staff and parents.

            3) ELAC meetings are held in the mornings on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am.

            4) During Parent conferences State Street School’s teachers provide flexible scheduling.

 

The school involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the Title I parents involvement policy by:

 

            1) Annual Parent Surveys

            2) Monthly SSC meetings

            3) Monthly English Learner Advisory Committee meetings

            4) Parent workshops that are provided to parents inform and provide resources to strengthen the home-                        school connection.

            5) Other parent meetings where feedback is incorporated in the local needs assessment for the instructional             program.  Discussions are held and suggestions are made for the SPSA, Title I and EL/Title III                                     student budgets.

 

The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.  Some of the ways State Street accomplishes this are:

 

1) Back to School Nights provides teachers an opportunity to give information about Title I and all programs here at State.

            2) On-going parent workshops provide information on Title I and other district and state mandated                         programs.

            3) By holding bi-annual parents conference as well as informal and formal conferences throughout the year             parents may obtain information on Title I and other programs.

            4) Open house provides parents another opportunity to visit, review and inform themselves as to Title I and             other program information.

5) Parent school/district notifications, flyers, bulletins, memos, references are sent via students, student homework packages, on meeting agendas, bulletin boards, and use of the Remind application.

 

The school provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.  State Street accomplishes this in the following manner:

 

1) Back to School Nights provides teachers an opportunity to give information about Title I and all program here at State.

2) Parent workshops on understanding district, state, and federal mandated Common CORE Standards             (CCSS) and assessments such as: California Assessment of Student Performance and Program (CAASPP), Smarter Balance Assessment System (SBAS), CELDT, and other Periodic Assessments.

            3) By holding bi-annual parents conference as well as informal and formal conferences throughout the year             parents may obtain information on Title I and other programs.

            4) Open house provides parents another opportunity to visit, review and inform themselves as to their                         children’s progress and their current schoolwork.

            5) Title I and ELD mandatory district, school, and community meetings.

 

If requested by parents of Title I students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.  Some ways State Street does this is by:

 

1) SSC and ELA meetings are open to all parents and include opportunities for the public to comment on             school decisions and issues.

2) Parent center and parent community representative serves as liaison to assist parents to participate and be involved at all phases of all school related activities, meetings, and functions.

3) Parents may also participate by attending informal, open-door meetings with the principal, and other                         informal parent meetings, where they can provide direct input and having meaningful conversations                         with school administration and leadership.

 

Section II:  Shared Responsibility/School-Parent Compact

 

State Street Elementary School jointly developed this Compact with parents of Title I students.  This compact outlines how parents, teachers, all staff members, and students will create a partnership that shares the responsibility for improved student’s academic achievement.  Parents revised this Compact on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 via open discussions during our scheduled ELAC meeting.  The School Site Council approved this Compact on Thursday, December 3, 2015. State Street distributed the PIP and Compact to parents of Title I students using multiple means.  State Street mailed the Compact home on December 11, 2015, posted the Compact on the school’s website, and made the copies available in the main office at the information kiosk.

The Compact describes how State Street Elementary and families will partner together to help all students achieve the State’s high academic standards.  It addresses the following legally required items, as well as other items suggested by parents of Title I students:  the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a support and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the state’s academic achievement standards; ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning; student responsibilities; and the importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conference; frequent reports on students progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate at the school in the parent center; and opportunities to observe classroom activities for a maximum of 20 minutes and with the discretion of the principal. The Compact is included at the end of this Parent Involvement Policy.

 

Section III: Building Capacity for Involvement

 

State Street Elementary School engages Title I parents in meaningful interactions with the school.  It supports a partnership among teachers, all school staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.  To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices.

 

The school provides Title I parents with assistance in understanding California’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.  Here is how State Street accomplishes this:

 

1) By holding formal and informal parent conferences, parent workshops led by teachers and other district personnel, to understand and discuss the CCSS, ELD portfolios, CELDT results, reclassification criteria, CAASP, SBAS, and other periodic assessments.  State Street also distributes to parents district provided reading materials and opportunities to attend training outside of the school.  Classes and materials are provided in parents’ home language.

            2) Parent workshops on how to understand CAASP, SBAS, and CELDT results and other assessments.

            3) Parent center will provide Parent-Education classes on positive self-esteem development, multicultural             awareness, and cultural diversity in order to help students succeed in school.

 

The school provides Title I parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children’s achievement.  Here are ways State Street accomplishes this:

 

            1) Parents workshops will be led by teachers and other professionals in the area of their expertise to assist             parents with being more active in their children’s educational development.

            2) The Categorical Advisor will provide workshops on state and district test such as the Smarter-Balance             Assessment             and CELDT requirements.

            3) The parent center has resources available for parents to increase their capacity to improve their                         children’s achievement.

            4) The school will send out numerous flyers advertising parent workshops in the parent center.

 

With the assistance of Title I parents, the school educates all teachers and all staff members about the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal partners.  State Street does this by:

 

1) Parent input provided via the School Experience Survey is used to determine professional development and training for teachers, administrators, and other staff members.

2) Through professional development, all staff members receive the required and recommended resources to enable them to work with their parents as equal partners.

            3) Teachers are provided with resources and training on effective parent-teacher conferences.

            4) All staff receives training on the benefits of parental involvement and welcoming environments.

 

The school coordinates and integrates the Title I parental involvement program with other programs, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.  Here is how this happens at State Street:

 

1) Teacher led workshops such as math, language arts, and common core standards are provided regularly in the teacher’s classrooms.

            2) State Street participates in vertical articulation between elementary and the middle schools State Street             feeds into (Gage Middle, South Gate Middle, and Walnut Park Middle).

            3) Parent center is available for students and parents and information is also disseminated and/or displayed             regarding upcoming events.

            4) The parent center networks with district and community based organizations to provide workshops                         requested by parents or needed to address student needs.

 

The school distributes information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to Title I parents in a format and language that the parents understand.  State Street does this in the following manner:

 

            1) Announcements, newsletters, flyers, Connect-Ed, Remind app, mailings, marquee postings, and all                         written materials are communicated in English and Spanish since State Street is predominantly                                     Latino.

            2) All meetings and events are held in both languages or provided with translation, if required.

            3) Parent surveys and informational flyers are translated and sent home in both languages.

 

The school provides support for parental involvement activities required by Title I parents in the following manner:

 

1) Morning, mid-afternoon, and late parent workshops are held based on district, school, student, programs, and parent needs.

            2) Categorical Coordinator facilitates school parent Title I involvement with monthly and as needed                         meetings.

            3) Parent center outreach to parents through personal, Connect-Ed, written and oral communication.

 

Section IV: Accessibility

 

State Street Elementary School provides opportunities for the participation of all Title I parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parent with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that the parent understands.

 

            1) State Street Parent Center and Parent Community Representative is made available for students,  parents, and staff to disseminate information regarding district, school, and community needs.

            2) Announcements, newsletters, flyers Connect-Ed, mailings, and all written materials all communicated in             English and Spanish since State Street is 99% Latino.

            3) All meetings and events are directed and held in both languages if required.

            4) Parent surveys are translated and sent home in both languages.

5) State Street will accommodate parents with disabilities by provided staff to assist with note taking, enhanced audio/visuals, enlarged print, hold meetings with wheelchair accessibilities, differentiate the materials, constantly check for understanding, and provide reflection breaks.

With the approval of LAUSD’s Board of Education, State Street Elementary School has written this Parental Involvement Policy (PIP) with input from Title I parents.  State Street Elementary School developed this policy jointly with parents on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by first helping parents understand some of their Title I rights, such as: their right to monitor their child(ren)’s progress, their right to work with our teachers to improve the performance of their decision relating to the improvement of their child(ren)’s education.  The parents of State Street Elementary School’s English Language Advisory Council revised this PIP on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 via an open discussion.  The School Site Council approved the revised PIP on Thursday, December 3, 2015.  The newly adopted PIP was distributed to all parents in English and Spanish using multiple methods, including mailing the PIP home on December 11, 2015 and posting a copy on the school’s website (https://statees-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com), and making the copies available in the main office at the information kiosk.

 

This school-level policy describes the means for carrying out all Title I parental involvement requirements and contains the following four sections: I) Involvement of Parents in the Title I program, II) Shared Responsibility/Home-School Compact, III) Building Capacity for Involvement, and IV) Accessibility [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(c)-(f)].