Parental Involvement

Limestone County

Parental Involvement Plan

PART I.         GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Limestone County School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements: 

•·         The Limestone County 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 Limestone County 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 Limestone County School District will incorporate this LEA parental involvement plan into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA. 

•·         In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the Limestone County 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 LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the Limestone County School District will submit any parent comments with the plan when the district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.

•·         The Limestone County 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 Limestone County 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.

PART II.        DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE Limestone County School District WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED LEA PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PLAN COMPONENTS  

1.  The Limestone County School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its LEA parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA: 

Annually, an LEA Advisory committee made up of faculty representatives and parents selected by the respective schools meet to review and update the Limestone County School System's Parent Involvement Plan. The plan is then made available to parents through distribution at each local school's annual fall meeting along with the local school parent involvement plan. It is also placed on the school system website (http://www.lcsk12.org/), each local Title I school's website, in a convenient and accessible location at each school, or upon request from the central office.

2.  The Limestone County School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA: 

      

       The Limestone County School District believes in involving parents in all aspects of its Title I programs.  Each school has parent representatives on their Schoolwide Advisory Committee who are active participants in the development of Continuous Improvement Plans.  In addition, all parents are given the opportunity to review the plans and offer their input before and after the plan is approved.  For the Parental Involvement Plan, all parents are given surveys at the end of the school year seeking their input on activities, training, and materials that the schools should offer to parents during each school year.  Each year Continuous Improvement Plans which includes parental involvement, are reviewed and evaluated.  Results of parent surveys are reviewed by the parent representatives and entire Schoolwide Advisory Council in determining needed changes.

      

3. The Limestone County 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: 

The Federal Programs Director or Central Office Team member assigned to the school, will meet with Title I staff and administrators in the fall of each school year to revise the Continuing Improvement Plans, determine needs based on assessment data and to plan parental involvement activities for the year. Each school's Title I Committee will meet in the spring of each year, which includes parents; in order to discuss the Title I program and determine changes and needs for the upcoming school year. State support is provided as needed by the State Federal Programs Office. Parent Surveys are used at the end of each school year as an evaluation tool of the success of the parent involvement activities of the current year and also as a planning tool for future needs as expressed by the parents.

4.  The Limestone County School District will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: Head Start, District Preschool Programs, ELL, Boys and Girls Clubs, At-Risk Programs, Area Private Schools and the Athens-Limestone County Family Resource Center. Activities include:

•·         Joint Development of Parental Involvement Plans

•·         School Improvement Process

•·         Use of Funds

•·         Surveys

•·         Annual Meetings at District and Local Schools

•·         Providing information such as Lions Club Vision Program

5. The Limestone County School District will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement plan in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools.  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 district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement plan 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.

Parent Surveys are used at the end of each school year as an evaluation tool of the success of the parent involvement activities of the current year and also as a planning tool for future needs as expressed by the parents. Surveys are sent home to all parents in the Title I Schools by the Title I Staff and results are complied by each location and a written narrative of the results is sent to the Federal Program Director at the end of each school year. Parents are asked to evaluate the degree of PI during the current school year and to list ideas for future PI activities needed.

6. The Limestone County School District will build the schools' and parent's  capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement,  through the following activities specifically described below: 

A.  The Limestone County School District will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, 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 Part A,

•·         how to monitor their child's progress, and

•·         how to work with educators:

•o   Annual Fall Title I Parent Meetings

•o   PTO

•o   Newsletters

•o   Parent Teacher Conferences

•o   Annual Parenting Day

•o   iNOW Parent Portal

•o   Report Cards and Progress Reports

•o   Alert Now Phone/Email Messaging Program

B.  The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, 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: 

    

Resources and materials to develop and support parental involvement will be available for parent preview at the annual meetings and at subsequent meetings.  A list of these resources will be sent home to each family for reference during the school year and a check-out form will also be included to allow students/parents the opportunity to request materials at their convenience. These resources will be available for check out in the Local Schools' Family Resource Centers. Materials, resources and trainings available at the time of the first writing of this plan include but are not limited to: (This resource list will be updated in local school plans)

•·         Math Helps or strategies

•·         Math Flash Cards or games

•·         Reading Flash Cards

•·         Library materials

•·         Books on Tape and Players

•·         Leap Frogs - or other reading or math practice program

•·         Phonics Games

•·         Adult ESL Classes (Coordinated at local school if possible)

•·         Adult Computer trainings (Coordinated at local school if possible)

•·         Building Readers - Monthly Subscription (LEA PI Funds)

•·         Summer Bridges Program (Local school PI purchase if possible)

•·         After school tutoring (Varies at each local school)

D.  The Limestone County School District will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, District Preschool Programs, ELL Program, Boys and Girls Clubs, At-Risk Programs, Area Private Schools and the Athens Limestone County Family Resource Center 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:

 Local School Parent Resource Centers are available for parents of the above listed groups.

E.  The school district 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 communication with parents is provided in a language they understand. Interpreters are provided as needed for conferences, parent meetings, registrations. Limestone County contracts with Foreign Language Services Inc. in Huntsville for face-to-face or phone interpreters and individual contracts with various faculty and staff members for all written communication translations. Communications that are posted on website are also available in paper form at local schools or district office.

PART III.      DISCRETIONARY LEA PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT PLAN COMPONENTS

               

The Limestone County School District Parental Involvement Plan includes the following discretionary activities that the school district, undertakes to build parents' capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children's academic achievement. (Section 1118(e)):

•·         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, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;

•·         in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children's education, 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;

•·         adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;

•·         establishing a LEA 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.]

PART IV.      ADOPTION  

This Limestone County School District Parental Involvement Plan has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by meeting minutes and signature pages. 

This plan was approved by the Limestone County School District on April 9, 2008 and will be in effect as long as required by this Part and will be revised as needed during that time.  The school district will distribute this plan to all participating schools and post on each school's website and the district website for parents of participating Title I, Part A children to view and have input on revisions.

Beginning in the 2008-2009 school year, local school parental involvement plans will be found in the local school's CIP Section VI as required in Section 1118 of NCLB and will be distributed to parents as stated within each plan.

Revision Date: August 31, 2011

                                                                                                                       


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