Washington Wilkes Elementary School
Title I Parent Involvement Policy
(Reviewed and Revised @ Schoolwide Annual Title I Parent Meeting
May 9, 2017)
Washington Wilkes Elementary School recognizes parental involvement is a key element in the academic success of children. It shall be the intent of all parent involvement activities at Washington Wilkes Elementary School to encourage and support the efforts of home, school, and community in improving the educational opportunities of all children.
- Parent involvement in the development of the plan and school review and improvement:
- Parents are involved in the joint development of the school plan and in the process of school review and improvement through parent surveys, the school council, and attending a meeting at the beginning of the school year where they are informed of Title I requirements and are given the opportunity to review the plan and provide feedback.
- School results of the state assessments are made available at local board meetings, which are open to the public, presented in the local newspaper, and presented in newsletters to parents, at PTG meetings and through individual conferences. Parents are encouraged to offer suggestions of improvement when assessments are not meeting standards as set by the state.
- Coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:
- Parent involvement is encouraged and supported through school councils that serve as parent advisory groups and through PTG programs that encourage family involvement.
- Resources will be provided in order to assist parent in ways to help their children be successful. The school website provides many resources to assist parents
- Assistance is provided to non-English speaking parents through translation of information to languages other than English when such services relate to parent involvement. An interpreter/translator is available to assist Spanish-speaking parents in their involvement.
- Building Capacity for Involvement
- Washington Wilkes Elementary School has planned programs designed to improve high quality parent involvement. Planned activities are organized to work toward increasing parental involvement. Parent involvement strategies are included in the School Improvement Plan. Parental involvement opportunities are not limited to local workshops.
- To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and community to improve student academic achievement, Washington Wilkes Elementary School has provided information, workshops, and in-service education about working with students and parents from varied cultures and economic backgrounds. Teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, with the assistance of parents, have been provided information about the value and utility of the contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between home and school.
- There is an on-going process to involve businesses and community-based organizations in parent involvement activities. Businesses and community-based organizations are encouraged to work with parents and schools in working toward increased academic achievement. Activities that encourage and help parents to become full partners in the education of their children are supported and encouraged.
- Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with other programs:
- Parental involvement activities are a coordinated effort among Title I, Early Intervention Program (EIP), Gifted and Talented, Special Education, and Pre-Kindergarten, whenever appropriate and feasible. Many of the same parents will be involved with several programs, so joint scheduling serves all groups.
- Washington Wilkes Elementary School will work with community services, school based programs, and other programs in schools, when feasible, to improve student achievement, promote parental involvement, promote family literacy, and provide opportunities for smooth transition to school and to support the instructional program. Coordination in services to children and families is sought through Title I and with community services such as Headstart, the Wilkes County Health Department, the Department of Family and Children Services, the Family Connection Communities in Schools, Wilkes County Emergency Management Agencies, and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department.
V.Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving academic quality of the schools, identifying barriers to greater parental participation, and use the findings to design strategies for more effective parental involvement:
- The Parental Involvement Policy of Washington Wilkes Elementary School is evaluated annually as to the effectiveness in increasing parent participation and identifying barriers to parent participation such as low income, disabilities, limited literacy, language or other cultural or ethnic considerations. The findings of the annual evaluation are used to design strategies for school improvement or to redesign the parent policies. All non-satisfactory parent comments regarding its parent involvement and system plan are collected and attached to the plan when submitted to the State Title I Office.
- Involve parents in the activities of the schools:
- Washington Wilkes Elementary School involves parents in school activities in a variety of ways. Some examples include parent workshops providing materials to help with academic areas, distribution of newsletters, and websites that include tips for working with children at home. Meetings and/or workshops are held to provide assistance to participating parents in understanding such areas as Georgia’s content standards and student performance standards, the school improvement and corrective action process, components of a school wide Title I program, state and local assessments, or the requirements of Title I, Part A. Information is provided to parents through meetings, workshops, or printed documents so that parents understand the ways they can monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children. Parents are informed of ways that they can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children. Washington Wilkes Elementary School plans various school activities to include parents in school activities. These activities are documented through Parent Contact Records. Meetings involving parents are arranged at a variety of times, such as morning and evenings, to maximize opportunities for parents to participate in school related activities.