Title I Parent Involvement Policy
At South End, we know that the spirit of community in our school is what makes us successful. The caring and supportive relationships between teachers, students, parents, and members of our community provide us with the foundation necessary to achieve academic excellence. We are proud to be a Title I school and to participate in this federally funded program that provides support and resources to enrich the education of our students.
Our Title I Parent Involvement Policy is designed to inform and involve the families of our students. This policy will be documented in our Title I Parent Handbook which will be inserted in our Student Planner and Handbook, in our Title I Plan, on the school’s web page, and a copy will be available in the South End Parent Resource Area (Office Lobby). In order to strengthen the partnerships between school, home, and the community, we pledge to do the following:
· Provide timely information to parents using:
o School Newsletters
o Student Planner and Handbook
o School/Home Folders
o Conferences, telephone calls, letters home, and newspaper articles
o Progress Reports/Report Cards
o Alert Now telephone messaging system
o Teacher Web pages
o School Marquee
o NC School Report Card
· Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I program:
o Include parent representation on the School Leadership and Improvement Team
o Post the minutes from meetings of the School Leadership and Improvement Team and the Parent-Teacher Organization on the school’s web page
o Encourage all parents to provide feedback on Title I Parent surveys
o Share the School Improvement Plan and the Title I Plan on the school’s web page
· Expect every parent to attend at least one parent/teacher conference during the fall semester and offer flexible meeting times to encourage parent attendance.
· Host students and their families at an Open House and Title I Annual Meeting at the beginning of each school year and at periodic Parent Teacher Organization and Title I meetings throughout each school year.
· Offer teacher and parent workshops to meet the educational needs of our school community and provide resources to help our students be successful.
· Arrange family events at flexible times to encourage social interaction within our school community with activities designed to engage children and allow greater parent participation.
· Hold grade level meetings to increase parent understanding of the NC Standard Course of Study, the NC Testing program, and grade level expectations.
· Serve as a liaison between theRCSParentResourceCenterand families to expand their access to resources and services beneficial to the academic success of students.
· Utilize the services of the RCS Migrant Education division, ESL and EC teachers, school support personnel, and community resources to better serve students with disabilities and limited English proficiency.
· Sponsor Teacher/Student/Parent Compacts to foster partnerships between school and home and establish shared responsibility for the learning and success of students.
· Create opportunities for parents to volunteer at school, visit their children’s classes, attend school events, and participate in the educational experience of our students.