School Board of Levy County
District Wide Parental Involvement Policy 2006-07

Part I - General Expectations

The School Board of Levy County agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

• 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.

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

• 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.

• 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.

• The school district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.

• The school district will implement effective and successful programs that reflect scientifically based research.

• The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its 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-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—

(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;

(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;

(C) 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;

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

Part II – Description of How District will Implement Required District Wide Parental Involvement Policy Components

1. The School Board of Levy County will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

• Provide District and School Parental Involvement Workshops
• Conduct Annual Parent Surveys
• Complete school, student parent compacts

2. The School Board of Levy County will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

• School Improvement meetings, Advisory Council Membership
• Ensure that all Title I schools conduct an annual review of School Parental Involvement with input from parents.

3. The School Board of Levy County will provide the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

• Provide technical workshops for principals and staff on how to effectively involve parents in their students’ education.
• Provide written guidance to each principal in the development of a school Parent Involvement Policy as well as assist in the alignment of the policy to each school’s School Improvement Plan.
• Assist schools in providing information for parents in other languages as needed.
• Monitor Title I schools to ensure:

1. The development and dissemination of a parent involvement policy with parents involved in the process
2. An annual meeting to inform parents of the schools participation in Title I with flexible meeting times.
3. Development of school compacts
4. Provide training for parents in working with the children to improve academic achievement
5. Provide opportunities for parent-teacher conferences
6. Provide parent resource lab in schools as well as the district.

• Collaborate with schools to provide family literacy projects and parent workshops.

4. The School Board of Levy County will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs:

• Title II
• Title III
• Title VI
• Genuine Choice Options
• Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

5. The School Board of Levy County will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The 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 school 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.

• Parent interviews
• School Climate Survey
• SPAR Report
• Title I Parent Surveys

6. The School Board of Levy County will 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 district will, 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:

• Help parents know what their children are learning
• the State’s academic content standards,
• the State’s student academic achievement standards,
• the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
• the requirements of Part A,
• how to monitor their child’s progress, and
• help families understand effective approaches to teaching, and
• give parents tools and information to assist children at home.

B. The school district will, 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 training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:

• Providing district level Parent/Teacher Resource Lab
• Fund initiative such as Florida Reading Initiative, FLaRE, SUMS
• Conduct Parent surveys
• Conduct parent training workshops

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

• Provide parental involvement workshops at the school level teaching school staff how to communicate and work with parents effectively
• Facilitate and provide supplies for parent workshops (Make-it, Take-it)

D. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK), Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

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

• Providing transportation to parent meetings
• Provide translation when needed during meetings as well as written documents

Part III. Building Capacity Components

1. Help parents understand the National Education Goals, state curriculum content standards and state student performance standards, among other achievement requirements.*

2. Provide parents with material and training to help them help their children.*

3. Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff on how to work with parents and on the value of collaboration.*

4. Coordinate and integrate the parent involvement initiative with other programs, such as Head Start, Even Start, Parents as Teachers and the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Parents, as much as possible. Conduct other activities, as appropriate and feasible, such as establishing parent resource centers or teaching parents about child development, to help parents build their capacity to help their children learn.*

5. Ensure, to the extent feasible, that information about school and parent programs, meetings and activities is delivered in the language used in the home*

6. Provide other reasonable support that parents may request.*

7. Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals and others to improve the effectiveness of training.

8. Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I funds if other reasonably available funding is exhausted.

9. Pay reasonable expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child-care costs.

10. Train and support parents to aid the involvement of other parents.

11. Arrange meetings at a variety of times to maximize involvement.

12. Arrange for teachers to conduct home conferences.

13. Adopt model approaches to improved parental involvement.

14. Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parental involvement activities.

* Required by NCLB

Part IV. Adoption

This District wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by District parent meetings.