Title I: Parent and Family Engagement Policy
The Bensalem Township School District recognizes that the involvement of parents and their support of student learning are important factors in helping students meet with success. School Board Policy #918 TITLE I PARENT ENGAGEMENT states that: “The Board recognizes that parent engagement contributes to the achievement of academic standards by students participating in Title I programs. The Board views the education of students as a cooperative effort among the school, parents/guardians and community.”
The Bensalem Township School District recognizes the importance of developing and maintaining ongoing communications with parents of students who are receiving assistance in our Title I program. It is important that parents receive information concerning their opportunities for engagement, their child's eligibility for the Title I program, their child's educational progress, and their rights of parents to receive information and to participate in the education of their children.
To assist parents in becoming active participants, the following programs and procedures have been created.
- An annual meeting is held in each Title I school at the beginning of each school year to explain the Title I program, goals, the school’s involvement in the Title I program, specific information about the format of the program, and the rights of parents.
- Robert K. Shafer Middle School - September 14, 2021
- Cecelia Snyder Middle School - September 23, 2021
- Samuel K. Faust Elementary School - September 27, 2021
- Benjamin Rush Elementary School - September 29, 2021
- Cornwells Elementary School - October 4, 2021
- Parents of students in the Title I program are given the opportunity to provide feedback about the Title I Parent Engagement Policies at the district and school level.
- Parents also have the opportunity to help the Bensalem Township School District and the individual school staff in planning, reviewing, and improving the Title programs.
- Parent surveys are used to gather feedback about programs and policies, and information is provided to parents in many other ways including presentations and workshops held throughout the school year, school newsletters, report cards from classroom teachers, parent conferences, District Calendar/Parent Handbook, and the school district website.
- It is important for parents to attend parent-teacher conferences. Teachers will discuss with parents the progress of their child, ways to monitor progress, individual student assessments, proficiency levels, grade level standards, and the Title I program. In addition to these scheduled conferences, other conferences can be scheduled upon request.
- Parents are also invited to participate in school events and volunteer in activities at their child’s school.
- Parent training and workshop sessions are held in schools that are specific to Title I and are planned based on feedback and interests of parents.
- Parents are also given the opportunity to participate in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs.
- Information at the school and district level is provided regarding the rights of parents to information about school staff working directly with their children.
- A Complaint Resolution Process is in place and outlined for parents on the district website.