GCBA – Parental Participation

GCBA

Parental Participation

Parental involvement in the school—

The involvement of parents in the education of children directly affects the

success of their children’s educational efforts. It is District policy that teachers and

administrators should facilitate the active involvement of parents in the education of

their children. Teachers and administrators shall communicate with the parents of

children with regard to whom the teachers and administrators have responsibility by

(a) maintaining a means of answering telephone calls or receiving visits from parents

during the school day at times mutually agreed upon by parents and school

personnel; (b) conducting parent-teacher-student conferences at regular intervals

and conducting additional conferences when requested to the extent permitted by

available time within the school day and by other responsibilities; (c) informing

parents of resources in the community, including groups and organizations that may

provide instruction and training to parents to help improve their children’s academic

success and support their academic efforts; and (d) encouraging attendance by

parents at school events in which parent participation is appropriate.

Utah Code § 53E-2-303 (2019)

Community Relations – Parental and Community Involvement in Schools

PURPOSE AND PHILOSOPHY

Parents are important influences in helping their children achieve high academic

standards. In support of strengthening student academic achievement in Title I, Part

A schools, the Board adopts this policy establishing its expectations for collaboration

with parents to help their children learn and parents’ involvement in school activities

and decision-making about their children’s education.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

1. The district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the

involvement of parents in all of its schools including Title I, Part A Programs,

consistent with section 6318 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

(ESEA). These programs, activities and procedures will be carried out in

consultation with parents of participating children.

2. The District will include parents in the developing, reviewing, revising, and

disseminating this parental and community policy; thus, ensuring that this policy

meets the needs of the district, schools and parents.

3. Consistent with section 6318, the District will work with its schools to ensure that

the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of

section 6318 (b) of the ESEA, and include a school-parent compact consistent with

Section 6318 (d) of ESEA.

4. In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent

practicable, the District and its schools will provide full opportunities for the

participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities,

including providing information and school reports required under section 6311 of the

ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and to the extent practical, in a

language parents understand.

5. The district will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in

decisions about how the one percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental

involvement is spent, and will ensure that no less the 95 percent of the one percent

reserved goes directly to schools.

6. The District will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental

involvement, and expects that its Title I, Part A schools will carry out programs,

activities and procedures in accordance with this definition.

A. Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and

meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school

activities, including ensuring

a) the 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 all activities, such as those described in secion 6311 of the

ESEA.

DESCRIPTION OF GARFIELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PARENTAL

INVOLVEMENT POLICY

1. Garfield County School District will take the following actions to involve parents in

the joint development of its District-wide parental involvement plan under section

6312 of ESEA.

A. Title I schools will submit names of parents to serve on an Advisory Committee.

B. Identified parents will receive a letter and/or call inviting them to participate.

C. Information will be prepared for the committee review and parent input.

2. The District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of

school review and improvement under section 6316.

A. All Title I, Part A schools will develop a school plan each year that will be

reviewed by the school’s community council before being submitted to the District.

B. The District will provide information to schools on effective ways to make the

school planavailable to the public.

3. The District 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.

A. During monthly District principal meetings, schools will be given suggestions on

ways to involve parents.

B. The District Title I Director will provide assistance for parental involvement

activities held at the Title I, Part A schools.

4. The District will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Title I,

Part A with parental involvement strategies under other programs by:

A. Supporting the District’s efforts to make services between school and programs

seamless;

B. Coordinating parental involvement strategies with directors of other District

departments;

C. And providing information on resources for schools to use throughout the year as

they involve parents in classrooms, at conferences and school activities

5. The District 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 of parents. The

District will use the Finding of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective

parental involvement and to revise it if necessary.

A. The District will involve parents of Title I students in developing, reviewing and

revising the Parent Involvement Policy.

B. The District will work with parents to identify barriers to parental involvement.

C. A list of identified barriers will be distributed to school administrators to share with

their school community council for additional review.

6. The District will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental

involvement to support a partnership among the schools involved, parents, and

community to improve student academic achievement through the activities listed

below:

A. The District will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide

assistance to parents of children served by the District or school in understanding

topics such as:

a) Utah’s academic content standards;

b) Utah’s student academic achievement standards;

c) Utah’s academic assessments including alternative assessments;

d) the requirements of Title I, Part A;

e) monitoring their child’s progress; and

f) working with educators.

Information will be disseminated to parents in the opening school packets, at Back to

School nights, during SEP conferences, at Parent Involvement Nights, and at other

school sponsored events.

B. The 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:

a) providing suggestions and materials at the monthly District principal meetings;

b) offering training on communicating, and home/school connections to

administrators, teachers and tutors.

C. The District will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate

parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start and other public

preschools to conduct activities and support parents in participating in the education

of their children by:

a) supporting the efforts of the District’s Title I, Part A schools as they transition

preschool children from Head Start to Kindergarten;

b) providing principals with resources and contact information for dissemination to

their community;

c) providing information to private preschools where applicable;

d) and supporting parents and entering kindergarten students in their transition into

the public school system.

D. The District will ensure that information related to 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 by:

a) continuing to provide principals with information on resources to meet the diverse

language needs of their community;

b) continuing to make interpreters available, where possible, to translate information

for the different schools.

DEFINITIONS

“Parent” is defined as a natural parent, a legal guardian or other person standing in

loco-parentis, such as a grandparent or step-parent with whom the child lives, or a

person who is legally responsible for the child’s welfare.

“Parental-involvement” is defined in section 2.7 of this policy.

“School-parent compact” is a written agreement between the school and the parents

of children participating in Title I, Part A programs that identifies the activities that the

parents, the entire school staff, and the students will undertake to share the

responsibility.