• Tuscarora Elementary School Parental Involvement Policy

       PART I.GENERAL EXPECTATIONS   Tuscarora Elementary agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

    • Consistent with section 1118, the school will ensure that the required school level parental involvement policy meets the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA, and includes, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA..
    • Schools will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
    • In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school 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 language parents understand. 
    • If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1114(b) of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency (school district).  
    • The school will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about parental involvement and opportunities. The school will build its own policy and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
    • The school will provide parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA in the areas of improving student achievement, child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request. 
    • The school will 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 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 SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS   NOTE: The School Parental Involvement Policy shall include a description of how the school will implement or accomplish each of the following components.  [Section 1118, ESEA.]     
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and review of its school parental involvement policy under section 1118 of the ESEA:
    • Parent Orientation-August
    • Parent Planning Involvement Meeting- May
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall take the following actions to involve parents in the process of planning, joint development of the program, review and improvement of programs under Title I Part A of the ESEA:
    • Parent Orientation-August
    • Parent Planning Involvement Meeting- May
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting.
    • Kindergarten Registration Spring
    • Title 1 Orientation Meeting August
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
    • Home and School Connection-Monthly newsletter
    • Interim Reports every nine weeks
    • Student Performance Report-Every 9 weeks
    • Parent Conferences-twice during the school year 
    • School Newsletters-Monthly Parent Conferences available upon request
    • Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, Star Math results are given to parents three times a year 
    • SPL intervention letters of students participating are sent home in September and January
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall, at the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings, held at flexible times, for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by:
    • Parent Orientation-August
    • Parent Teacher Conferences held twice yearly
    • PTA meetings
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading by:
    • Student Performance Report - every 9 weeks
    • Interim Reports – every nine weeks
    • Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, Star Math results are given to parents three times a year
    • SPL intervention letters of students participating are sent home in September and January
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002):
    • Attestation Letter From Administration

    8.Tuscarora Elementary shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described below:       

    • 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 Title I Part A,
    • how to monitor their child’s progress, and
    • how to work with educators:

    -Home and School Connection-Monthly newsletter

    - Interim Reports every nine weeks

    - Student Performance Report-Every 9 weeks

    - Parent Conferences-twice during the school year 

    -School Newsletters-Monthly   

    -Parent Conferences available upon request 

    -Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, Star Math results are given to parents three times a year 

    -SPL intervention letters of students participating are sent home in September and January

    -Parent Orientation-August 

    -Parent Teacher Conferences held twice yearly

    - PTA meetings - monthly   

    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall provide materials and training to help parents work with their children in the areas of improving student achievement, (including literacy training and using technology) child development, child rearing and additional topics parents may request.
    • “The One School, One Book Program”
    • Parent Orientation – August Research based websites that parents can also use at home distributed during “One School, One Book” kick-off   
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall, with the assistance of its 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:
    • Math training and reading training nights
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs.The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
    • Public pre-school housed in our building
    • Berkeley County Schools coordinates meetings/trainings between preschool and kindergarten teachers.
    1. Tuscarora Elementary shall take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to 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:
    • Translator provided by Berkeley County Schools in families home language is available upon request Providing all correspondence in language used at home  Use of website Transact.com    PART III.DISCRETIONARY SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS    NOTE:  The School Parental Involvement Policy may include additional information and describe other discretionary activities that the school, ,in consultation with its parents, chooses to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:   
    • involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training; 
    • providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;
    • paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;
    • training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
    • arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education;
    • adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;
    • establishing a school parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;
    • developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

      PART IV.ADOPTION      This School 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 the Rosemont Administration and the staff.   This policy was adopted by the Rosemont Elementary Administration on May 1, 2017 and will be in effect for the period of the 2016-2017 school year.  The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before August 18, 2017.       Dr. Tyler M. Long