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TRENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Parental Involvement Policy
 
  1. This school parental involvement policy has been developed and agreed upon with a group of parents, and can be distributed to parents through the student handbook, FRC newsletter, and/or the school website. This policy will be reviewed annually and shall be updated as appropriate to meet the changing needs of parents and the school. Names of individuals involved in the development of this policy are on file in the Title I supervisor’s office. 
  2. Comments by parents of participating children concerning dissatisfaction with the plan shall be submitted to the State.
 
Meetings
 
  1. An annual school wide meeting to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend will be held in the fall. At this meeting this policy, legal requirements, and the parents’ rights to be involved will be explained.
  2. Other meetings/trainings will be offered at different times during the day and evening. Childcare and transportation will be provided if needed.
 
School-Parent Compact
 
This compact is jointly developed with parents. It outlines how parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for learning. This compact is attached. Parents compacts will be distributed at parent-teacher conference, sent home with students, or published in the Family Resource Center newsletter.
 
Progress Reports
 
Report cards will be sent to parents every nine weeks.
 
During parent-teacher conferences and at parent orientation, teachers will explain the curriculum, assessment, and proficiency expectations to parents.
 
Workshops will be held for parents and PATT (Parents and Teachers Together) meetings will provide parents with opportunities to participate in their children’s school activities. Parents are encouraged through the parent handbook and newsletters to make appointments to meet with teachers at any time, serve on committees, assist with school activities, etc.
 
Building Capacity for Involvement
 
Materials and assistance will be provided if needed in understanding the State’s content standards and State student p0erformance standards the school district’s responsibilities in providing assistance to schools identified for school improvement, state and local assessments, parental involvement requirements, how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the performance of their children, and how to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
 
Newsletters and other handouts will advertise literacy training through the local adult education program.
 
Poverty training has been held to educate school staff about how to work with at-risk families and help them coordinate activities to help their children. The Title I supervisor works with Head Start, Early Head Start, and the other groups to encourage parent involvement and educate parents. The Family Resource Center publishes newsletters four times a year to encourage parent participation.
 
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are held as needed for parents to increase their reading, writing and speaking skills.
 
Opportunities are provided to integrate parent involvement through the Parents and Teachers Together organization, Accelerated Reader program, school orientation, after school tutoring, Back-to-School Bash, book fairs, Spring / Fall music show, Field Day and parent-teacher conferences. Pre-school children ages newborn to five years of age are encouraged to enroll in the Gibson County Imagination Library.
 
The Student of the Month program encourages good decision making by the students.
 
The Family Resource Center refers families at-risk for assistance with basic needs and family counseling, parenting training, etc.
 
Interpreters will be provided for LEP families, if needed. Under-educated parents will be accompanied by a Family Resource Center staff member to help explain school policies, etc.
 
Title I will pay for transportation and child care costs, if necessary, for parental involvement activities.
 
 
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