Parent Involvement Plan

 

School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary

2019-2020

 

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).

 

 Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:

 

  • Involve families, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 
  • Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of families and the school, distribute it to the families of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community. 
  • Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of families with limited English proficiency, families with disabilities, and families of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language families understand.
  • If the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the families of participating children, submit any family comments on the plan when the  school makes the plan available to the local educational agency. 
  • Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition: 
Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
  1. families play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
  2. families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
  3. families 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
  4. other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA.

 

Description of how the school will implement required school parent and family engagement policy components:

 

JOINTLY DEVELOPED

 

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will take the following actions to involve families in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by families, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.


The leadership Team including faculty, staff and parents meet to develop and review our Parent Engagement Plan annually in June and July.

 

ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING

 

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all families of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the families’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the school-wide plan, and the school-parent compact. 

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary hold an Annual Title 1 Meeting during Open House and registration in August to discuss the school's participation as well as the families' rights to be involved. Parents are notified of the annual meeting through our website, newspaper, and robo calls. Opportunities for parent engagement are discussed. We disseminate information through a PowerPoint and distribute copies of the revised parent engagement policy to all families during this time. 

COMMUNICATIONS

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will take the following actions to provide families of participating children the following:
  • Timely information about the Title I programs
  • Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement. 
  • Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the families of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the families can understand:

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary disseminates information and distributes copies of the Parent Engagement Plan during our Open House and registration in August. School-Parent Compacts are discussed during Registration. Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and as needed throughout the school year. Families are notified of family programs and activities through school and class newsletters, call announcements, and the school sign. All are translated for our non-English speaking families.

The plan addresses how the district and school will assist with technology and curriculum as needed.  The achievement measures and dates are also located on the website. The results will be distributed at the school level. The academic standards are posted on the website. Achievement levels are supplied by the state through test results. 

 

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

 

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will take the following actions to jointly develop with families of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how families, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and families will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.


Grade level specific School-Parent Compacts are jointly developed with teachers, administrators, parents and students. 

RESERVATION OF FUNDS

 

If applicable, Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will take the following actions to involve the families of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent by:

Bobby Ray Memorial receives 1% of Title 1 funds for Family Engagement. Funding is used to purchase agenda books, assist in communication, and fund parent engagement nights at our school. A survey with parents will be conducted to determine appropriate parent engagement activities. 

 

COORDINATION OF SERVICES

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support families in more fully participating in the education of their children by:

Parents of students in HeadStart tour Bobby Ray annually in April. Those leaving Bobby Ray once the fifth grade year is almost complete attend a meeting at Warren County Middle school and then tour the building. This eases the transition for all students. The district will coordinate with other organizations, businesses, and community partners to provide additional supports and resources to families. The district will contact programs such as HeadStart, public preschool programs, or organizations to help students transition to elementary, middle, high and post-secondary schools or careers.

The policy was reviewed and discussed at the Parent Council Meeting in May. The district plan and school plans will be made available to all stakeholders through our schools in August. it is posted to our district website for the entire school year. A copy is available at the district office as well as all schools. 

BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of families, in the value and utility of contributions of families, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with families as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between families and the school by:
Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as families may request by:
DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY COMPONENT
Involve families in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary provides many Family Engagement Programs and Activities.

  • Family Reading Nights throughout the school year as well as during the summer
  • Family Literacy Nights
  • Family Literacy nights
  • Family Math/Science Nights
  • Bingo for Books
  • Back to School Carnival
  • One Book One School
  • ESL Family nights
  • Fall Festival
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

  • Provide necessary literacy training for families from Title I, Part A funds if the school has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.
    • Family Reading Nights
    • Family Math / Science Nights
    • Family Literacy Nights
    • One Book One School
    • Bingo for Books
    • ESL Family Nights
  • Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parent and family engagement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable families to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
  • Train families to enhance the engagement of other families.
  • To maximize parent and family engagement and participation in their child’s education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times or conduct in-home conferences with teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children and families who are unable to attend conferences at school.
    • Family Reading Nights
    • One Book One School (all materials sent home for this activity)
    • Family Math / Science Nights
    • Bingo for Books
    • ESL Family Nights
    • Family Literacy Nights
  • Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parent and family engagement
  • Establish a district wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent and family engagement in Title I, Part A programs.
    • District Parent Advisory Council meets at the Central Office every other month.
  • Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parent and family engagement activities. 
    • Partners in Education provide volunteers and monetary donations.
    • Westwood Church of Christ and Tree City Church provide backpacks, school supplies, clothing, hair cuts, and food during our registration and throughout the year.
    • Family Resource Center provides resources as needed to families.