School Board Policy Manual
Nevis Public Schools
Independent School District 308
School Board Policy 612.2
612.2 TITLE I PARENTAL POLICY
The Nevis School District is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child who attends. This district recognizes that parent involvement in children’s learning is positively related to achievement, attitudes, and social behavior; therefore, ISD #308 seeks to develop a “Parent as Partner” policy.
Grade level goals for the students of ISD #308 will be on file in the office, with the expectations that all students will work toward these goals. This district recognizes some students may need the extra assistance available through the Title I program to reach these goals. The Nevis School District intends to include parents in all aspects of the district’s Title I program.
In compliance with federal Title I regulations, the Nevis School District has developed a Parent Involvement Plan. The district plan will include activities and ways to enhance the capacity for parent involvement for families served by the Title I program.
A. Policy Development
The Nevis School District will develop its Title I Parent Involvement Plan under the guidance of the Parent Advisory Council. This group will represent parents from Nevis. The duties of the advisory council will be to assist with implementation and evaluation of the Parent Involvement Plan and activities, to help with the annual evaluation of Title I programs and to assist in development and design of Title I programs and activities.
B. Parent Advisory Council
The Nevis School District Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will consist of at least five parents and be chosen from volunteers in the school. Special attention will be given to recruiting parents in the Title I program.
C. Submission of Comments
If Nevis School District Parent Involvement Plan for Title I 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 Minnesota Department of Education.
III. INFORMATION SHARING
It is the Nevis School District’s belief that true partnerships require the sharing of information between families and schools. This district will encourage that flow of communication through the following activities:
A. Title I Services
Parents will be notified that their child is eligible to receive Title I services through a variety of ways to include, phone calls, letters, and in some cases, home visits.
B. Annual Meeting
An annual fall information meeting will be held at the school with the intent to distribute new and updated Title I program information. The Titles I, II, and V Annual Evaluation Report will be discussed at the first Parent Advisory Council meeting of the subsequent year.
Title I teachers will be available during parent/teacher conferences. Title I staff may participate in conferences jointly with the classroom teacher or a separate conference may be set up with the Title I teacher.
D. Written Communication
The Title I program will provide timely written communication to parents. All parents will receive a copy of the Title I Parent Involvement Plan, a Title I newsletter once a month, and flyers listing upcoming events. The Title I staff also writes a part of the newsletter highlighting information about the Title I program or for parents to use when working with their children at home.
IV. TYPES OF PARENT INVOLVEMENT
The Nevis School District believes in the importance of building the capacity for better involvement for staff and families in their children’s education. This district values both the at-home contributions and those that take place at school and in the community. Many types of parental involvement are needed in a school-home-community partnership that will help children to succeed.
A. School-Parent Compact
According to the Title I regulations, each school must share responsibility with parents for high student performance by developing a school-parent-student pledge jointly with parents of children participating in the program. These pledges must outline how parents, staff and the students themselves will share joint responsibility for promoting high student achievement. Parents of the Advisory Committee will be involved in designing these compacts. Student responsibilities may vary by grade level.
Parents are urged to discuss the compact with their children, before signing it and having their children sign.
B. Recognition of Community Needs
Each year the school district will assess the needs of parents and children in this community so that the Title I program will be tailored to better meet those needs. Parents and staff will be provided opportunities to participate in parent involvement training. Parents will receive information listing community resources that may be helpful in meeting their needs.
Each year the Nevis School District’s Parent Advisory Council will assess the needs of parents and children in this community through two measures. Firstly, a survey will be sent annually to all families of Title I students to determine the effectiveness of all parent involvement activities. Secondly, the district will keep a yearly record of Title I family participation in special events, conferences and other important meetings.
The School board of Independent School District #308 has approved this commitment to family involvement. The policy will be coordinated by Title I supervisory staff and teachers throughout the district and promoted by building principals and other staff.