Parent Involvement Policy

Burch Creek Elementary School

4300 Madison Ave.

South Ogden, UT 84403

Richard Proffer, Principal

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Title I Parent Involvement Policy

In collaboration with parents, Burch Creek Elementary has created a Parent Involvement Policy which includes activities as outlined in section 1118 of the ESEA Act of 2001.  In accordance with this policy, Burch Creek Elementary agrees to:

  • Convene an annual meeting to explain the Title I program to parents and inform them of their right to be involved in the program;
  • Offer a flexible number of meetings, to meet parent’s needs.  Involve parents, “in an organized, ongoing and timely way,” in planning, review and improvement of Burch Creek Title I program;
  • Provide timely information about its Title I programs to parents, describe the curriculum, the student assessments and proficiency levels students are expected to meet, provide opportunities for regular meetings where parents can provide input, and respond promptly to parent suggestions; and
  • Provide parents with an opportunity to submit dissenting views to the Weber School District schoolwide program plan if the plan is not acceptable to them.  Burch Creek dissenting views can be submitted to the Title I Coordinator at 5320 Adams Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84405.

In order to build capacity for involvement, Burch Creek Elementary staff, will provide assistance to parents in such areas as understanding the State’s content standards and student performance standards.  They will also offer assistance on information about state and local assessments, the requirements of this act and how to monitor their child’s progress.  Burch Creek staff members will also provide parents with information as to how they can work with educators to improve the performance of their children and information as to how they can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.  This information will be shared at the annual meeting mentioned as well as the monthly calendar packet.

Burch Creek Elementary will provide materials and trainings to help parents work with their children to improve achievement.  The trainings will be held by-annually and during SEP conferences. 

With the assistance of parents, Burch Creek Elementary will educate all staff members in the value of parent involvement and the positive impact it has on student achievement and in understanding how to utilize parents as equal partners.

To the extent feasible and appropriate, Burch Creek Elementary will invite parents of preschool age children, to fully participate in activities that help children have a smooth transition from pre-school to kindergarten.

Burch Creek Elementary will inform parents of the Parent Resource Centers in the Weber School District including the Center located at Burch Creek.  Information about the Parent Resource Centers will be distributed through newsletters and SEP conferences.  Burch Creek Elementary will provide on-site training/activities to support parents in participating in the education of their child.

Burch Creek Elementary will ensure, to the extent possible, that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the home of participating children in the language used in such homes.

Burch Creek Elementary will provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

To the extent practicable, Burch Creek Elementary will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency or with disabilities, including providing information and school profiles in a language and form parents understand.

In collaboration with parents, Burch Creek Elementary has created a school parent compact.  Compact was included in Back to School information packet. 

 

Weber School District

Section 1118 (A-F)

LEA Title I Parental Involvement Policy

  1. Local Educational Agency Policy

Weber School District has always regarded parental involvement vital to the success of students at each school.  Title I schools are committed to close the achievement gap for all students with particular attention paid to economically disadvantaged, disabled, limited English proficiency, limited literacy, or those of any racial or ethnic minority background. 

Weber School District involved parents in the development of this written policy.  The policy describes both parent involvement expectations and Weber School District’s role in involving parents, providing support for parents, coordinating parent involvement in schools, and evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in improving the academic quality of schools.  The policy will be distributed to parents of participating children.

  1. School Parental Involvement Policy             

Schools will jointly develop with parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy describing the means for carrying out the requirements outlined in Section 1118, subsections (c) through (f) of the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.”

The purpose of an effective parental involvement policy is to improve all students’ academic achievement.  Each school’s policy may incorporate those areas deemed necessary for success at that location.

                Each school’s policy shall include the following:

  • Ways parents will be kept informed and assisted in understanding expected academic standards at the state, district, and school levels.
  • Ways parents will be provided materials and training to help them work with their children to improve achievement, such as literacy, numeracy and technology training.
  • Ways educators and parents will work together, reach out, and communicate with each other in order to realize more fully the value and contributions that parental involvement adds to the success of the school.
  • Ways in which appropriate coordination of parent involvement activities will take place with pre-school, before school and after school activities, or any programs in which the school may participate or assist.
  • Ways in which ongoing parent input for other activities, requests, suggestions, ideas or concerns might be received.

  1. Policy Involvement

At the beginning of the school year, each school will distribute an updated parent involvement policy to patrons.  The policy will be written in understandable language and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand.  In addition, an annual meeting will be held in each Title I school to inform parents of the school’s parent involvement policy and the school-parent compact.  Other parent meetings will be held throughout the school year to provide parents with ongoing information, training, and materials to help them work with their children in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and technology.

The Family Resource Center will provide parents with appropriate educational resources.  That Center site will be maintained at Burch Creek Elementary.  The Center will serve parents in both the Bonneville and Roy cones.  Burch Creek Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Valley View Elementary, North Park Elementary, Municipal Elementary Roosevelt Elementary, Roy Elementary, and Washington Terrace Elementary will coordinate needs assessments and materials as well as family literacy nights to help meet the needs of parents and participating students in Weber School District.

Schools will hold Student Education Plan (SEP) conferences at least twice a year.  A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and expected student proficiency levels will be shared with parents.  Student progress will be addressed and goals will be set to further student academic achievement.  Technical support will be provided to parents through the Family Literacy and Resource Center that will allow parents to assist students in reaching their academic goals.

  1. Building Capacity for Involvement
  • Parents and teachers will be provided with district pamphlets outlining specific academic standards and benchmarks for each grade level.
  • Monthly newsletters will be sent with ideas for parents to help their students academically.
  • SEP conferences will be designed to disseminate information about the prior year’s academic state core testing as well as progress throughout the current school year.
  • Planners and progress reports will be used to communicate academic performance throughout the school year.
  • The Family Resource Center will provide parenting classes, mentoring programs, literacy programs, family service projects, adult education, in-home child development education, information about community programs and resources, and training in the use of technology for adult literacy, and occupational opportunities.
  • School websites will provide parents with Title I documents as well as information on their student’s educational progress.
  • Community councils will allow for communication between the community members and school personnel.
  • Schools will utilize resources for effective use of volunteers.
  • Business partners and Mentoring Programs will be used as a resource.
  • Schools will coordinate with Head Start and district preschools to provide services for preschool students.
  • Schools will provide local preschools with information and materials to facilitate the transition into Kindergarten.
  • Schools will coordinate information gathered from needs assessments to drive parent programs and instruction.
  • Schools will provide important educational documents written in understandable language and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand.  The advisory board for the Family Literacy and Resource Center will be utilized to coordinate community resources for language issues.
  • The LEA will coordinate available funding to provide necessary literacy training.
  • During parent participation in school-related meetings and trainings, activities for children will be provided.
  • Parents may be used as a resource to train other parents.
  • All efforts will be made to schedule school meeting and SEPs in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.
  • An advisory council will be established which will include administrators, teachers, counselors, PTA members, etc.
  • Annual input from parents will be gathered through the use of a needs assessment and evaluation as well as other feedback from the community

  1. Shared Responsibility for High Academic Achievement – School-Parent Compact
  1. School Responsibilities
  • Schools will provide quality curriculum/instruction through the use of highly qualified staff as well as research-based materials.  Ongoing professional development will take place to improve the quality of teaching.
  • Schools will provide opportunities for parent involvement and volunteering
  • Schools will hold SEP conferences at least twice each year.  Student progress will be addressed and goals will be set to further student academic achievement.
  • Schools will provide parents with progress reports on a regular basis along with newsletters and student planners.
  1.  Parent Responsibilities
  • Parents will participate in their student’s education by monitoring student attendance, communicating through daily student planners, and participating in SEP conferences.
  • Parents will monitor homework completion through a daily check of the student planner and progress reports.
  • Parents will read with students, encourage students to read independently, and promote educational opportunities through school-sponsored reading programs.
  • Parents will be encouraged to provide positive learning experiences for their children during extra curricular and out-of-school time.
  • Parents will be encouraged to volunteer in classrooms.

  1. Accessibility

Specific attention will be given to service provided for:

                Limited English proficient parents

                Parents with disabilities

                Parents of migratory children

  1. Review

An annual evaluation of parental policies and practices will take place to determine the effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools involved.  Results will be used to design strategies for more effective parental involvement.

Review Committee Meeting

Weber School District

November 1, 2016

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Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

November 1, 2016

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  1. Purpose of the Committee
  1. Review of Title I Program
  1. Review updated LEA Parent Involvement Policy
  1. Needs Assessment / Where to find school data
  1. UCA & Title I Budget input
  1. Signature sheet