Title I School Parent Involvement Policy
Darby Avenue Elementary School 2019-2020
Each Title I school in LAUSD is required to develop a written parent involvement policy. This policy describes how the school will support and increase parent involvement. It must be developed with parents, include participation from all appropriate advisory committees, be reviewed and updated annually and be agreed upon by the School Site Council. The written parent involvement policy must include how parents will be informed of the school’s Title I program requirements.
Darby Avenue Elementary School has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from parents. The school developed this policy with input from Darby’s teachers, parents, community members and School Site Council. It has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students through school mail. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(c)-(f) inclusive].
Section I: POLICY INVOLVEMENT
To involve parents in the Title I program at Darby Elementary School, the following practices have been established:
- The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program. This is done at Back to School Night.
- The school offers a flexible number of meetings for parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening. PTA meetings are held every month alternating between daytime meetings held at noon or evening meetings held at 6:00pm
- 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 parental involvement policy. TAS Coordinator ensures this is happening.
- The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs. Meeting dates and times are posted 72 hours in advance and are mentioned in Darby’s Newsletter.
- 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. TAS Coordinator disseminates information and trains teachers. Then, teachers explain and review this information during parent conferences.
- 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.
Darby Avenue Elementary School distributes a school-parent compact to parents annually. The compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. The plan was developed with all school stakeholders.
- The school-parent compact describes specific ways the school and families will partner to help children 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.
- Section II: SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
- The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables children to meet the state’s academic achievement standards
- The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning
- The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class; and opportunities to observe classroom activities
Section III: BUILDING CAPACITY
Darby Avenue Elementary School engages parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among 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 parents with assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children. This is done through workshops and parent conferences with teachers.
- The school provides parents with materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children's achievement. The Parent Center Coordinator holds 4 workshops during the 2019-2020 school year.
- With the assistance of parents, the school educates staff members about the value of parent contributions, and in how to reach out to, communicate with and work with parents as equal partners. Darby’s TAS Coordinator facilitates this process.
- 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.
- The school distributes Information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to parents in a format and language that the parents understand. TAS Coordinator reviews Master Plan roster and sends home information in the language spoken at home, if available.
- The school provides support for parental involvement activities requested by parents. Parents are encouraged to attend LAUSD Title 1 Workshops.
Section IV: ACCESSIBILITY
Darby Avenue Elementary School provides opportunities for the participation of all parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand. Translators are provided when requested by parent through LAUSD or if available at the school site.
Adapted from http://www.cde.ca.gov/la/pf/pf