Williamsville Central School District

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Elementary & Secondary Instruction

Adoption Date: 7/7/2009
8000 - Instruction

8260 PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN TITLE I PROGRAMS

The Board of Education recognizes the rights of parents/person in parental relation to be fully informed of all information relevant to their children, including children who participate in programs and projects funded by Title I. The Board of Education encourages participation of parents of students eligible for Title I services in all aspects of their child's education. In order to facilitate parental participation in accordance with NCLB requirements, the District will:

  1. Provide necessary coordination, technical assistance, or other support needed to assist each Title I school in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance;
  2. Build each Title I school's and parent's capacity for strong parental involvement through implementing and encouraging participation in appropriate parental involvement activities, such as assisting parents of children in Title I schools in understanding such topics as the state's academic content, student achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, Title I requirements and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
  3. Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with parental involvement strategies under other programs;
  4. Conduct, in conjunction with parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of Title I schools. The evaluation shall include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in the District and using the findings of the evaluation to improve and revise the parental involvement policies of the District;
  5. Direct each school building receiving Title I funds within the District to develop jointly with parents, a written parental involvement plan for the building. Each plan and policy will be distributed to parents on an annual basis in an understandable format and in a language parents can understand when possible. Building level plans will be consistent with the District parental involvement policy in all respects;
  6. Provide materials and training to help parents of children in Title I schools work with their children to improve their children's academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology as appropriate to foster parental involvement;
  7. Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff in Title I schools, with the assistance of parents, about the value and use of parent contributions and in how to reach out, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and school;
  8. Involve parents in the joint development of the Title I plan. If the plan is not satisfactory to the parents of children participating in Title I programs, the District will submit any parent comments to the State Education Department at the time Title I plan is filed.

The Board of Education hereby directs each Building Principal of a Title I school to ensure that a building level parental involvement plan is generated with the participation of that building's parents. In addition to those goals stated above, each such building level plan will describe the details for:

  1. Convening an annual meeting at a convenient time to inform parents of their school's participation in Title I programs and explain Title I requirements and rights of parents to be involved. All parents of children participating in Title I programs will be invited to the meeting;
  2. Offering a flexible number of meetings including morning or evening. Each building level plan may provide, with funds available under Title I, for transportation, child care, or home visits as such services relate to parental involvement;
  3. Involving parents in an organized, ongoing and timely way in the planning, review and improvement of Title I programs including the planning, review and improvement of the school's parental involvement policy;
  4. Providing parents of participating. children with timely information about programs, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use in Title I programs, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, the proficiency levels the students are expected to meet, and, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children or respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicable;
  5. Developing a school-parent compact jointly with parents that outlines how the parents, school staff and students will share responsibility for improved student academic achievement and detailing the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help all children achieve the state's standards.
This compact must include:

  1. A description of the school's responsibility to provide high quality learning curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children served in Title I schools to meet the State's student academic achievement standards;
  2. A description of the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child's learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, television watching, volunteering in their child's classroom and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and the positive use of extracurricular time;
  3. Addressing the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis including, but not limited to, annual parent teacher conferences, including a discussion of how the compact relates to the individual child's achievement, frequent reports to parents on their child's progress, reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class, and observation of classroom activities.
Procedures for Filing Complaints/AppealsThe District will disseminate free of charge to parents of children in Title I programs, and to appropriate private school officials or representatives, adequate information regarding the District's written complaint procedures for resolving issues of violation(s) of a Federal statute or regulation that applies to Title I, Part A programs.

Comparability of ServicesThe District shall ensure equivalence among the schools in the District of the same grade span and levels of instruction with regard to teachers, administrators, and auxiliary personnel as well as equivalence in the provision of curriculum materials and instructional supplies in Title I programs.

34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200
United States Code (USC) Section 6321
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Section 118(c-f)

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