BENSALEM TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
CORNWELLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Each school in its School-wide Parental Involvement Policy must establish the school’s expectations for parental involvement. [Section 1118(a)(2), ESEA.]
The Cornwells Elementary School agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
· The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
· Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
· The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its School District of Philadelphia plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
· In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
· If the Bensalem Township School District’s plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
· The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
· The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
(C) that parents 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;
(D) the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
· The school district will inform parents and parental organizations of the purpose and existence of the Parental Information and Resource Center in the State.
PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE SCHOOL WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED DISTRICT WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
[NOTE: The School- wide Parental Involvement Policy must include a description of how the school will implement or accomplish each of the following components. [Section 1118(a)(2), ESEA.] Regardless of the format the school chooses to use, a description of each of the following components below must be included in order to satisfy statutory requirements.]
1. The Cornwells Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its school-wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:
We will form a committee involving teachers, specialists, administrators, and parents to meet as needed to plan for the academic success of all students at Cornwells Elementary School.
2. The Cornwells Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:
We will form a committee involving teachers, specialists, administrators, and parents to meet as needed to plan for the academic success of all students at Cornwells Elementary School. Monthly updates will be provided to all parents at Home and School Meetings.
3. The Bensalem Township School District will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:
- In collaboration with the district staff, and other parent groups, provide workshops to schools on parent engagement.
- Provide professional development by parents/caregivers for new and existing principals and other administrators on how to develop promising partnerships with parents/caregivers.
- Train new and existing staff with parental engagement duties to assist school sites in implementing parental engagement.
- The Federal Programs Coordinator will provide assistance to schools and parent organizations, such as the Home and School Associations, and other organized parent groups as needed.
- Provide coordination of professional development efforts through the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
- Provide workshops to parents on supporting student achievement and parent engagement.
4. The Cornwells Elementary School will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: [Insert locally relevant programs, such as: Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents As Teachers, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, and State-operated preschool programs], by:
Cornwells works closely with Head Start in transitioning students from early intervention programs. One such example is through the opportunity to tour the school during summer hours to increase school preparedness. Another example is through the district meeting at the District Office with local day care staff to provide registration and transition information. Information about the students who were part of the Early Intervention Programs is provided to their new elementary school teachers to provide current academic levels. The YWCA Early Literacy Program and other programs are available to provide support and homework assistance.
5. The Cornwells Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A programs. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
Panel discussion at the October 2017 Home and School meeting will be held. The principal and faculty will discuss programs and available sources to solicit parent thoughts about how we can encourage parent involvement. The guidance department and nurses will provide services to enable them to partner with the school community. Sources for parents with limited English proficiency are available through Language Line. This service can be arranged by the school’s ESL teacher. Important written communications sent home to English speaking parents, is also available in many other languages. Title 1 documents that are sent home will be posted on the Cornwells website and this will allow non-English speaking parents to access these documents in their language of choice.
6. The Cornwells Elementary School will build the school’s and parents' capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:
A. The Cornwells Elementary School will, with the assistance of the School District, provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph --
· the State’s academic content standards,
· the State’s student academic achievement standards,
· the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
· the requirements of Title I-Part A,
· how to monitor their child’s progress, and
· how to work with educators.
At Cornwells Elementary School, all of the above listed items are addressed at Back to School Night by the principal with the use of a visual presentation. The agenda of the Home and School Meeting will include how to understand and interpret PSSA and MAP scores. Also, the student and parent services that are provided through Title 1 funding will be discussed.
B. The Cornwells Elementary School will, with the assistance of the School District, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:
In the winter of 2017 a math/homework workshop will be available for parents. This workshop will include technology, games and homework techniques based on both of the current core math programs being taught, My Math and Glencoe. The web based resources and components for each program will be presented with an opportunity to login and access the resources that can be used outside of school to increase academic growth. These resources were shared with parents at back to school night and will be shared again at parent teacher conferences.
C. Cornwells Elementary School will, with the assistance of the School District, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
School Board Meetings are scheduled, posted and written on the school calendar inviting parents t attend and speak/address various topics. Community events such a the Fall Festival (TD Bank Amphitheater) and Pancake Breakfast (Bensalem High School) encourage teachers, community members and parents of school aged children to come together in community centered activities. These events foster partnerships and communication among all groups. School based activities such as the Georgian Walk, concerts and plays, Track and Field Day, Book Bingo and the Egg Drop are available and parents are notified to attend in the spirit of community and building communication between parents and school.
D. Cornwells Elementary School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Par, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
Title 1 parent conferences are posted and sent home for parents to attend. The district will pay expenses for a limited number of parents to attend. Transportation is provided for students to attend Head Start. In the office area there is a “resource center” that provides information in English and Spanish on various topics. The school counselor is also available to provide support materials and contact information for parents upon request.
E. Cornwells Elementary School will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent- programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
All written information sent home is available in other languages for teachers to request. Events are also written in homework books for student and parent benefit. Signatures are often requested as proof the information was received and understood. The Bensalem website is updated, available at all times, and provides information for parents and students in the language of their choice. The teachers’ websites are also updated and available for parents to access for classroom information.
PART III. SCHOOL WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS
NOTE: The School’s Parental Involvement Policy may include additional paragraphs listing and describing other discretionary activities that the school, in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:
· involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training;
· providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;
· paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities;
· training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
· arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education;
· adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;
· establishing a district wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;
· developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities; and
· providing other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 as parents may request.]
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PART IV. ADOPTION
This Cornwells Elementary School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents as evidenced by Lisa M. Duncan, Catherine Simmer, Shannon Brady and Catherine Beckner.
The school will distribute this policy to all parents on or before October 15, 2017.
(Signature of Principal)