Mancelona Public Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

2261.01 - PARENT PARTICIPATION IN TITLE I PROGRAMS

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1118 of Title I, programs supported by Title I funds must be designed and implemented in consultation with parents of the students being served.

The Superintendent shall ensure that the Title I plan contains a written statement of guidelines which has been developed with, approved by, and distributed to parents of participating students. The guidelines shall describe how:

 

A.

the District expects the parents to be involved in the program, including their participation in the development of the plan;

 
 

B.

meetings will be conducted with parents including provision for flexible scheduling and whatever assistance the District may be able to provide parents in order to better ensure their attendance at meetings, and for providing information in a language the parents can understand;

 
 

C.

meetings will include review and explanation of the curriculum, means of assessment, and the proficiency levels students are expected to achieve and maintain;

 
 

D.

opportunities for parents to formulate suggestions, interact and share experiences with other parents, and participate appropriately in the decision-making about the program and revisions in the plan;

 
 

E.

parents will be involved in the planning, review, and improvement of the Title I program;

 
 

F.

information concerning school performance profiles and their child's individual performance will be communicated to parents;

 
 

G.

parents will be assisted in providing help to their children in achieving the objectives of the program by such means as ensuring regular attendance; monitoring television-watching; providing adequate time and the proper environment for homework; guiding nutritional and health practices; and the like;

 
 

H.

timely responses will be given to parental questions. concerns, and recommendations;

 

I.

the District will provide coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist Title I schools to develop effective parental participation activities to improve academic achievement;

 
 

J.

an annual evaluation of the parental involvement plan will be conducted with parents, identifying any barriers to greater parental involvement (such as limited English, limited literacy, economic disadvantage, disability, etc.) and devising strategies to improve parental involvement;

 
 

K.

the parental involvement plan will be coordinated with other programs, such as Head Start, Reading First, Even Start, Parents as Teachers, and Home Instruction for Preschool Youngsters;

 
 

L.

other activities will be conducted as appropriate to the plan and State or Federal requirements.

The Superintendent shall also assure that each Title I participating school develops a specific plan, with parental involvement, which:

 

A.

convenes an annual meeting at a convenient time to which parents of participating children are invited to attend to explain the parents rights to be involved and the schools obligations to develop an involvement plan;

 
 

B.

will devise a flexible meeting schedule and describe assistance to encourage parental involvement, such as child care, transportation, home visits, or similar aid;

 
 

C.

will involve parents in an organized, on-going and timely way in the development, review and improvement of parent involvement activities;

 
 

D.

will provide participating studentsí parents with:

 
 

1.

timely information about the Title I programs;

 
 

2.

an explanation of the curriculum, the forms of academic assessment and the proficiency levels expected;

 
 

3.

regular meetings, upon request, to make suggestions and receive response regarding their studentís education;

 

E.

develops jointly with parents a school-parent compact which outlines the responsibilities of the school staff, the parents and the student for academic improvement, including:

 
 

1.

the schoolís responsibility to provide high quality curriculum, and instruction in a supportive, effective learning environment;

 
 

2.

parentís responsibility for such things as monitoring attendance, homework, extracurricular activities and excessive television watching; volunteering in the classroom;

 
 

3.

the importance of parent teacher communication on an on-going basis through at least annual parent teacher conferences to discuss achievement and the compact; frequent progress reports to the parents; reasonable access to the staff and opportunities to observe and participate in classroom activities.

The Board believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents of the school community. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and school must be maintained.

The parents have the right to participate in the education of their children as well as the ultimate responsibility for their children's in-school behavior, including the behavior of students who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still, for all practical purposes, under parental authority. During school hours, the Board, through its designated administrators, acts in loco parentis or in place of the parents.

In accordance with Board Policy 2240 and AG 2240 (opt-out), Policy 2413 and AG 2413/Policy 2414 and AG 2414 (health/sex education), and Policy 9150 and AG 9150 (school visitors), the District shall provide the opportunity for parents to review curriculum and instructional materials and to visit the school to observe the instructional process.

With regard to student behavior, during school hours, the Board, through its designated administrators, acts in loco parentis or in place of the parents.

The Mancelona Public School District shall implement the following statutory requirements:

 

A.

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.

 
 

B.

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.

 
 

C.

The School District will incorporate this District wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.

 
 

D.

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.

 
 

E.

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 School District will submit any parent comments with the plan when the School District submits the plan to the State Department of Education.

 
 

F.

The School District will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in an annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in the Title I program and their right to be involved.

 

G.

The School District will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that it's 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 (2) way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

 
 

1.

that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

 
 

2.

that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;

 
 

3.

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;

 
 

4.

the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

Mancelona Public Schools may involve parents in the development of its District wide parental involvement plan by making the policy available on our web site, as well as paper document form upon request, for review, parental input, and dissemination. The District will ensure that the information sent to parents will be in an understandable format, including alternative formats upon request, and to the extent practicable in a language the parents can understand.

Mancelona Public Schools may provide communication, materials and training in a variety of ways including parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, website, and telecommunication announcements in order to help parents work with their children to improve their academic achievement. We will also make access to technology available to our parents upon request.

Mancelona Public Schools may coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under the following programs: Early Childhood Special Education, Headstart, MiBLSI, Great Start Readiness Program, and any other similar programs developed.

Mancelona Public Schools may welcome, encourage, and recruit parents to participate in the process of school evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. This 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 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.

Mancelona Public Schools may 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 School District may, 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-

 
 

Michigan's academic content standards

 

Michigan's students academic achievement standards

 

Michigan and local academic assessments

 

The Title I, Part A requirements

 

How to monitor their child's progress

 

How to work with educators

Mancelona Public Schools shall develop with parents, students, and staff a school-parent-student compact that outlines how all parents, staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student achievement. The compact includes the schools responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction, the parent responsibility to support their children's learning, and the students' responsibility to participate fully and take advantage of the learning opportunities provided.

Mancelona Public Schools may, 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 use of technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.

Mancelona Public Schools may educate its teachers, support personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools.

20 U.S.C. 6318, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
34 C.F.R. Part 200 et seq.

Revised 12/18/95
Revised 1/20/03
Revised 12/14/10