Parent Involvement Policy

North Drive Elementary
Parent Involvement Policy
2014-2015
 
North Drive Elementary School adheres to the philosophy that parental involvement is essential in the educational process of every child.  The faculty and staff will strive to include parents in the educational process.  In keeping with this belief, we have established the following procedures relative to the Title I program.
 
    1.  The Parent Advisory Council will be selected on an annual basis.  The Parent
         Advisory Council will do the following:
             .  Meet at least 5 times a year
             .  Provide input in the development and implementation of the school's
                programs
             .  Help create an awareness of the activities occurring within the school
             .  Suggest approaches for stimulating participation of volunteers from
                the community
             .  Provide parents an opportunity to establish means for maintaining
                ongoing communication among parents and teachers
             .  Work with Parent Facilitator to give input concerning topics for
                 parent workshops
    2.  An annual parent meeting will be held to inform parents about Title I and
         their right to be involved.
    3.  A Parent Facilitator will be employed to coordinate all parent involvement
         activities.
    4.  Parents and other concerned citizens will be kept informed about the
         Title I program through the following:
             a.  School-Parent Compact will indicate the shared responsibilities of
                  student, parent, teacher, and the school in the academic education
                  of students
             b.  Bi-monthly newsletters prepared and distributed by Parent Facilitator
             c.  Parent-Teacher conferences scheduled at least twice a year
             d.  A Student Handbook will be provided
    5.  Parent training workshops will be scheduled to provide opportunities for
         parents to learn ways to enhance their children's education with topics
         such as:  State Academic requirements, End-of-Grade testing, reading,
         math, technology, how to work with educators, monitoring student progress
    6.  The Effective Schools Survey will be used to give parents the opportunity
         to comment on school-wide programs
    7.  The Parent Advisory Council will meet with the school's leadership team,
         if necessary
    8.  School personnel will understand the value of contributions made by
         parents, focusing on how to reach out to parents, communicate with
         parents, and work with parents as equal partners in order to build ties
         between parents and the school
    9.  The ESL teacher will be used to provide assistance with parents having
         limited English proficiency, as needed
   10.  Parent activities will be provided to integrate pre-school students into
          the programs of the school
   11.  The Parent Facilitator will hold flexible meetings to address any concerns
          or needs of the parents
   12.  Home visits will be made, as needed
   13.  Parents will be actively involved in planning, reviewing, and improving
          the school program
 
At North Drive Elementary, we see the parent as a child's first teacher.  We believe that parent participation has a positive effect on children's achievement.  We also believe that it requires a team consisting of the home, school, and community
working together to ensure the success of all children.
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