Stokes County Schools
Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Revised July, 2017
The Board of Education recognizes the value of family engagement in a child’s academic success and believes that the education of children is an ongoing cooperative partnership between the home and the school. Parents and other family members are their children’s first teachers; therefore, the continued involvement of parents and family members in the educational process is most important in fostering and improving educational achievement. School system officials shall strive to support parents and provide parents and family members with meaningful opportunities to become involved in the programs offered by the Title I schools. The board encourages parents and family members to participate in the design and implementation of the programs and activities in order to increase the effectiveness of the school system’s Title I program in helping students meet state and local achievement standards.
The Stokes County Title I staff, in compliance with all State and Federal requirements of Section 1116 Parent and Family Engagement of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, will:
- Distribute to families, in a language they can understand, a written parent and family engagement policy as well as other related documents and communications from the school and district.
- Ensure the development of a school-wide parent and family engagement policy agreed to by the parents.
- Implement programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents and families in the joint development of the district Title I plan as well as the inclusion in Title I-funded activities in the district;
- Provide the support necessary to assist schools in implementing effective family engagement activities;
- Educate administrative and instructional staff in the value of parental involvement, how to implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school to strengthen parental involvement.
- Provide parents with the parent, teacher, student compact that outlines how families, staff and students will share responsibilities for improved student academic achievement through a partnership to meet state standards;
- Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies between other programs, such as the Head Start program, Smart Start program, More at Four program, and other State-run preschool programs;
- Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities authorized by this section (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;
- Inform parents of the Parent's Right to Know about teacher and paraprofessional qualifications;
- Ensure that Title I schools:
o Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time to which all parents of low-income students are invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents that their school receives Title I funds, that these funds come with requirements, and that parents have a right to be involved;
o Offer a flexible number of engagement meetings at convenient times for families (for which the school may provide transportation, child care, or home visits using Title I funds);
o Provide parents and families with:
Information about Title I-funded programs;
An explanation of the curriculum and achievement levels the school uses;
Assistance in understanding State academic content, student performance standards, and state and local assessments as well as inform them of their student’s progress toward these standards.
Opportunities for involvement in school activities, which may include establishing an advisory board to develop, revise and review the school level parent and family engagement policy.
If requested, opportunities for regular meetings to participate in decisions relating to the education of their student.
- The complete Stokes County Schools Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy can be accessed at http://www.stokes.k12.nc.us/policymanual/multiple/1320-3560.pdf