Parent/Family Engagement Policy

  • In support of strengthening student academic achievement, each school that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop jointly with, agree with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a School Parent Involvement Policy that contains information required by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parental involvement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parental involvement activities.

    PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

    The school agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

     

    • The school will jointly develop with parents, distribute to parents of participating children, a School Parental Involvement Policy that the school and parents of participating children agree on.
    • The school will notify parents about the School Parental Involvement Policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, will distribute this policy to parents in a language the parents can understand.
    • The school will periodically update the School Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
    • The school will adopt the school’s school-parent compact as a component of its School Parental Involvement Policy.
    • The school agrees to be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and 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 achievement learning and other school activities, including ensuring --
        • parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
        • parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
        • 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;
        • the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in ESSA.

     

    PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS 

     

    The school will involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its School Parental Involvement Policy and its schoolwide plan, in an organized, on-going timely way.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Austin Elementary holds annual parent updates at back to school PTO meetings.  At these meetings, the Principal provides opportunities for parent input in the development of Title I components. 

    September 2019

    May 2020

    The school will distribute to parents of participating children and the local community the School Parental Involvement Policy.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Austin Elementary annually invites parents to participate in the review and revision meetings to examine and discuss our Campus Improvement Plan and Parent Involvement Policy.  A PTO has been established in our school to create a forum for parental input and involvement. Electronic copy if the policy is emailed to all Austin parents and families.

    September 2019

     

    The school will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the following:

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Austin Elementary holds annual parent updates at back to school PTO meetings.  At these meetings, the Principal provides opportunities for parent input in the development of Title I components. 

    September 2019

    Austin Elementary holds a minimum of 4 updates to the community via the Site Based Decision-Making Committee.  At these committee meetings, the Principal provides opportunities for parent and community input in the development of the Campus Improvement Plan and  Title I components. These updates are also shared digitally with all stakeholders via the Austin Parent Newsletter. 







    September 2019

    December 2019

    February 2020

    May 2020

    The school will provide to parents of participating children a description & explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, forms used to measure academic assessment & progress, & the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Austin Elementary is in frequent communication with our parents. We communicate often regarding: the state's curricular and assessment expectations, school wide requirements in relation to the delivery of instruction, the techniques utilized to evaluate student work, and individual classroom routines pertinent to the academic success of our learners. We use a variety of communicative techniques such as our Classroom Newsletters, School Newsletters, School Website, Classroom Websites, Austin Elementary social media accounts, Communication Folders, Parent Link (phone call system and weekly newsletters), Parent/Teacher Conferences, RtI meetings, IEP/ARD meetings, PTO meetings, Site Based Decision meetings, Curriculum Nights, individual notes/calls home, surveys (paper and electronic),  parent workshops, Open House, Meet the Teacher Night, Report Cards, assessment results, etc. 

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020

    Parents will be invited to participate in a parent-teacher conference in October to discuss their child's progress. Teachers may hold parent conferences in the morning, during the school day and/or after school to accommodate as many parents as possible. These must be scheduled in advance.

    October 2019 

    (as needed/requested in the Spring 2019)

    The campus RtI Committee monitors learners’ progress and coordinates with parents to review assessment results and provide necessary interventions. 

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020

     

    PART III. SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

     

    The school will build the schools’ & 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 & the community to improve student academic achievement.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Responding to individual requests for conferences/appointments with teachers, administrators, and/or the counselor,

    Taking a proactive approach in communicating with parents regarding student concerns,

    Using PTO meetings as an opportunity to solicit parent input and suggestions for school improvement.

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020

    The school will, with the assistance of its district, provide materials & training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Numerous opportunities for parent education and orientation are provided.  They include, but are not limited to: Curriculum Night, Parent Meetings, CISD’s Parent “U,” Learning Walks, and Parent Book Studies, Coffee with the Principal and PTO President.

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020

     

    The school will, with the assistance of its district and parents, educate its teachers, student services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to communicate with & work with parents as equal partners in the value & utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    A strong relationship between the campus staff and PTO allows for frequent reciprocal communication and planning.  Additionally, parental/community involvement on the SBDM allows for parent partnership and stakeholder voice in decision making.

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020

    The school will, to the extent feasible, and appropriate take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent out to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format and including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Austin Elementary utilizes a variety of campus and district resources to inform parents of school and parent programs.  Tools include: CISD Parent Link, Austin Elementary website, Staff websites, PTO Newsletter, Social Media (Twitter/Facebook), “Take Home” folders, and Campus Newsletters.  

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020



    PART IV.  BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT

     

    The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional discretionary activities that the school, in consultation with its parents, choose to undertake to build parents' capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement.

    Activities / Strategies

    Timeline

    Austin Elementary has a strong relationship with the PTO. Volunteerism and parental involvement is the foundation of that relationship. We offer a variety of opportunities to volunteer in classrooms and participate in family events. We share our instructional goals, strategies and progress with professional learning communities via PTO meetings and our Site-Based Committee. We also have opportunities for parent book studies and parent meetings with the principal.

    August 2019 through 

    May 2020

     

Last Modified on September 30, 2019