Parent Involvement Policy - TITLE I
08.13451
Lawrence County Schools
Parent/Family Involvement Policy
Title I

The Lawrence County School District recognizes that engaging parents and families in the education process is essential to improve academic success for students. It further recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and the family during the entire time a child attends school. Therefore, the Lawrence County School District shall foster and support active parent involvement so that schools and parents work together as knowledgeable partners in educating children.

This policy and the plan to implement it have been developed jointly and in agreement with, and will be distributed to, all parents. Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language that parents can understand. Primary notification shall be through publication of this policy in the student handbook received by all parents. In addition, this policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.

Expectations for Parent Involvement

The Lawrence County School District will create and maintain a responsive and welcoming atmosphere for parents and families. Contingent on confirmation of resources and other necessary information being provided by state and federal authorities, it is the intent of the Board that parents shall be provided with flexible opportunities for organized, on-going, and timely participation in the planning, review, and improvement of District programs, including opportunities to suggest modifications, based on changing needs of parents and the schools.

District programs shall be designed to assist students to acquire the capacities and achieve the goals established by law, as well as the goals and standards established by the Board. These goals and standards shall be shared with parents in a manner that will give them: (1) timely information about programs; (2) a description and explanation of the school's curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; the achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments; and (3) opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

Support for Program

The District will provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.

If the District's Title I allocation is $500,000 or more, the District shall reserve not less than one per cent (1%) of its allocation for the purpose of promoting parent involvement and shall distribute to Title I schools not less than ninety-five percent (95%) of the reserved funds. Parents shall be provided the opportunity to help decide how this portion of the Title I funds will be allotted for parental involvement activities. Furthermore, District measures shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1.      Establishing a district wide parent advisory/involvement council (comprised of parents, principals, FRYSC directors, Central Office staff, and community members) to ensure building capacity for effective parent involvement. This committee will also annually review this parent/family involvement policy for any needed revisions.

2.      Designation of resources to assist in communicating with parents, transporting them to meeting sites and/or implementing home visits, providing child-care for meetings, encouraging them to use available parent resource centers, and working with them to improve parenting skills, particularly those that will assist them in working with their child to improve his/her educational achievements. Resources may include individuals, agencies, materials, and services.

3.      Exploring options for coordinating and integrating Title I and other District program strategies with services of community programs, businesses, and agencies.

4.      Identification of ways in which parents can be involved in staff training activities to demonstrate the value of parent involvement and various techniques designed to successfully engage parents as equal partners in their child's education.

5.      Making a good faith effort to convene an annual meeting at a convenient time to which all parents shall be invited and encouraged to attend for informing parents available District programs and services and their school's participation in and requirements for Title I programs and of their rights to be involved.

6.      Designing and conducting an effective annual evaluation process whereby parents can share their ideas about the content and effectiveness of this policy in improving the academic quality of all schools and the plan designed to implement it. The process shall focus on the following questions:  Note:  The annual parent involvement policy review will be held during the 4th Quarterly District Parent Council Meeting.  See Council Meetings for details.

Does this policy increase parent participation?

What barriers to parent participation still exist, and how can they be reduced or removed?

The findings produced by the annual evaluation shall be utilized to design strategies for school improvement and for revising this policy, if necessary.

7.      In the design of activities and materials for parents, particular attention shall be given to reaching and involving those who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background.

School Policy
Each school shall submit to the Superintendent and Board, for review and comment, its school parent/family involvement policy, which must meet all legal requirements, including a school-parent compact developed in keeping with legal requirements. This policy shall be developed jointly with, and distributed by the school to, parents of all students.
A copy of each school's parent/family involvement policy and accompanying checklist shall be kept on file in the Central Office.

References:

Section 1118 of Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) of 1994
P. L. 107-110 (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
KRS 158.645, KRS 158.6451
Related Policies:

03.112, 08.1345, 09.11
Adopted/Amended: 11/21/2005
Order #:         90