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RCMS Schoolwide Parent Involvement Policy

RANDOLPH-CLAY MIDDLE SCHOOL

School-wide Parent Involvement Policy

The Randolph-Clay Middle School acknowledges the importance of implementing academic programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of all students enrolled as well as their parents. This involvement shall include, but not limited to, input into the planning, design, and implementation of various school programs. Procedures shall be established to ensure that the consultation is organized, systematic, ongoing, informed, and timely in relation to decisions about the program.

It shall be the intent of all parent involvement activities to encourage and support the efforts of the home, school and community in improving the educational opportunities of children by helping them succeed in the regular program of the school system, attain grade level proficiency, and improve achievement in basic and more advanced skills.

We therefore, affirm and assure the right of parents of children participating in activities funded by Title I, IASA shall be involved in the joint development of the school-wide plan. All parents will have equal opportunities to participate in the process of school review and improvement. This procedure will include the use of parent surveys, membership on committees, school advisory councils, membership on school improvement teams, community meetings, allowing for adequate decision making by parents:

  • The design and implementation and evaluation of the Randolph-Clay Middle School-wide Plan including parental involvement activities as stipulated under section 1112 of the Act;
  • The parental involvement policy is intended to insure the implementation of activities that are beneficial to all parents as stipulated under section 1112 of the Act;
  • One percent of funding reservation is allotted for parental involvement activities as mandated in section 114 and 115 of the Act.
  • To assure that expectations of parents set at the middle school level are clearly recognized and disseminated to parents of students when they are enrolled in Title I funded activities. The school will assist in coordination and provide assistance to guarantee the effective development and execution of parent involvement activities. Other assistance will be provided by Title I staff members (i.e. paraprofessionals)  and other appropriate support personnel within and outside (RESA) who may be called upon to provide assistance.

The Title I RCMHS School-wide parent involvement office will aid and provide to parents in perceptive assistance the extent appropriate or practical in terms of the following:

  • Content standards and student performance standards;
  • School improvement and corrective action process;
  • State and local assessment
  • Components of a school-wide program
  • Requirements for Title I, Part A;
  • Ways parents can monitor their children's progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children, and
  • Ways parents can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children
  • Technology

Programs, actions, and measures that are developed to promote parental involvement shall have the following goals:

  • To inform parents of their child's participation in various programs, the reason their child is participating in the program, and specific methods and instructional objectives of the program.
  • To support the efforts of parents, including training parents, to maximum extent possible, to work with their children in the home to acquire the instructional objectives of the various programs and understand the program's requirements.
  • To train teachers and administrators how to build a partnership between home and school.
  • To train teachers, administrators, and other staff members how to work efficiently with parents of participating children.
  • To confer with parents on an ongoing basis concerning the approach in which the school and parents can better collaborate to achieve a program's objectives.
  • To guarantee opportunities to the extent feasible for the full participation of parents who lack literacy skills or whose native language is not English.
  • Whenever feasible and applicable, parent involvement activities shall be a coordinated effort among Title I, Early Intervention Program, Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten Program and Reading First.
  • Also, to the extent reasonable and relevant, RCMS School-wide Title I parent involvement activities will include community-based roles for the faith communities, the academic communities, and the business communities heartening the formation of partnerships between the schools that will include a role for parents and other opportunities such as life skills training, family crisis intervention, community education opportunities, technology and Spanish classes.

To guarantee valuable involvement of parents and to sustain the partnership between school and home, Title I shall provide assistance to participating parents in ways that include:

  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Parent Workshops
  • Recruitment of parents to serve on various school committees
  • Flexible meeting time for parent meetings
  • Chaperones for field trips
  • Provide transportation
  • Home Visits
  • Family Literacy Coalition
  • Student Support Team (SST)
  • School web-site

Title I shall annually survey parents to ascertain the effectiveness and appropriateness of the RCHS School-wide Parent Policy. Areas to be evaluated shall include identifying barriers to increase parent participation by parents in Title I activities, especially to low income parents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents, minorities, parents with disabilities and parents with low literacy. The conclusion of such assessment shall be used to devise strategies for more effective parental involvement and to revise, as necessary, the school-wide parent involvement policy.

 

Revised July 27, 2016 

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