PCSSD - 6.11  Parental/Community Involvement (District)

6.11  Parental/Community Involvement (District)

The Pulaski County Special School District understands the importance of involving parents, families, and the community as a whole in promoting higher student achievement and general good will between the district and those it serves. Therefore, the district shall strive to develop and maintain the capacity for meaningful and productive parent, family, and community engagement that will result in partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the school, students, parents, families, and the community. To achieve such ends, the district shall work to:

  1. Involve parents, families, and the community in the development of the long range planning of the district;
  2. Give the schools in the district the support necessary to enable them to plan and implement effective parental, family, and community engagement activities;
  3. Have a coordinated engagement program where the engagement activities of the district enhance the involvement strategies of other programs such as Head Start, HIPPY, Parents as Partners, Parents as Teachers, ABC, ABC for School Success, area Pre-K programs, and Even Start;
  4. Explain to parents, families, and the community the State’s academic and achievement standards, State and local student assessments and how the district’s curriculum is aligned with the state’s academic standards and assessments and how parents, families, and the community can work with the district to improve students’ academic achievement;
  5. Provide parents and families with the materials and training they need to be better able to help their child achieve. The district may use parent resource centers or other community based organizations to foster parental involvement and provide literacy and technology training to parents.
  6. Educate district staff, with the assistance of parents, in ways to work and communicate with parents and to know how to implement parent, family, and community engagement programs that will promote positive partnerships between the school and parents, families, and the community;
  7. Keep parents, families, and the community informed about parental, family, and community engagement programs, meetings, and other activities they could be involved in. Such communication shall be, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents and families can understand;
  8. Find ways to eliminate barriers that work to keep parents and families from being involved in their child’s education. This may include providing transportation and child care to enable parents to participate, arranging meetings at a variety of times, and being creative with parent/teacher conferences;
  9. Find and modify other successful parent, family, and community engagement programs to suit the needs of our district;
  10. Train parents, families, and the community to enhance and promote the involvement of other parents, families, and members of the community;
  11. Provide reasonable support for other parent, family, and community engagement activities as parents, families, and the community may reasonably request.

To ensure the continued improvement of the district’s parent family, and community engagement program, the district will conduct an annual review of its parental involvement policies to examine their affect on promoting higher student achievement. The review shall be done by a committee consisting of parents and other community members, certified and classified staff, and member(s) of the administration.

Goal 1

How will the LEA foster effective parental involvement strategies and support partnerships among school, parents, and the community to improve student achievement?

  • The Pulaski County Special School District’s Title I Parent Coordinator will foster effective parental involvement strategies, coordinate parental involvement activities with those of other programs, and support partnerships among school, parents, and the community to improve student achievement.
  • The District Parent Involvement Policy will be placed on the PCSSD homepage for parents to have access to the plan.
  • Each school will establish a Parent Facilitator to oversee Parental Involvement implementation.
  • A survey (annual review) of the effectiveness of the parental involvement policy will be utilized to get feedback. The Parental Involvement Survey from the previous year will be analyzed to better meet the needs of the Parents.
  • In addition, a perception survey will be sent to all parents to determine perceptions of each school’s effectiveness.
  • Pulaski County Special School District will reserve a minimum of 1% of the district’s Title I, Part A allocation for parental involvement.
  • Schools will involve parents in annual meetings led by the school’s parent involvement facilitator to review the school parent involvement plan.

Goal 2

How will the district provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist participating schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement? 

  • The English as a Second Language Coordinator will ensure, to the extent possible, that information is sent home in a language and form that parents can understand.
  • Each school’s parent involvement policy is posted on the district website which provides translation into 12 different languages.
  • The Title I Parent Coordinator will enhance the awareness and skills of teachers, pupil service personnel, principals, and staff in reaching out to, communicating with, and working with parents as equal partners.
  • The district will monitor each Title I, Part A school to ensure that each school performs the following tasks:
    1. The school parent facilitator will assist with the development of the school’s parental involvement policy. The school parent facilitator will provide an electronic copy of the school’s parent involvement policy to the district Title I Parent Coordinator. Each school’s plan will be placed on PCSSD’s webpage and will be distributed at school parent involvement meetings. 
    2. School Parent Facilitators will offer flexible meeting times.
    3. Each school’s parent facilitator and principal will provide information to parents about the school's program.
    4. Each Title I school’s parent facilitator and principal will develop and use the School Parent Compact which describes how the school staff, parents, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
    5. Provide training for parents in working with their child to improve academic achievement
    6. Encourage parents to visit/volunteer at school by assisting staff in developing volunteer opportunities as well as training staff to encourage and build volunteer efforts. 
    7. Encourage parent participation through creative scheduling of activities through strategies such as holding meetings at a variety of times in the morning or evening. 
    8. The school’s parent facilitator will provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve academic achievement. Each Title I school will provide the dates of the trainings, the topics that will be covered, the name of the facilitator and their contact number in their individual school plan.
  • Parental Involvement trainings will be held to train Parent Facilitators on effective Parental Involvement practices. Parent Facilitators will take the information back to the local school.
  • Trainings will be conducted to train Administrators in every building in dealing with better ways of Communicating with Parents.

Goal 3

How will the district build the school's capacity for strong parental involvement?

  •  The school’s parent facilitator and principal will provide information to participating parents in such areas as national, state, and local education goals, including parent’s rights as defined in Title I, Part A.
  • The school’s parent facilitator will assist in the development of parent engagement groups at their school.
  • The district Title I Parent Coordinator and school parent facilitators will involve parents through an annual survey to improve school effectiveness.
  • Approve reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities.
  • Provide any reasonable support for parental involvement at the request of participating Title I, Part A schools

Goal 4

How will the district conduct, with the involvement of parents, ongoing evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy as it relates to strategies for increasing parental participation and identifying barriers to greater participation?

  •  The district Title I Parent Coordinator will survey parents annually, including questions to identify obstacles to parental involvement.
  • The Parent Advisory Council, which will include: parents, teachers, and community leaders will meet annually to review the Parental Involvement Plan.
  • The district Title I Parent Coordinator will coordinate the meeting and make recommendations and provide suggestions as it relates to parent involvement.
  • Develop procedures for collecting parent participation documentation through sign in lists for workshops, meetings, and conferences; schedules; brochures; meeting notes; and other means as appropriate throughout the school year.

Goal 5

How will the district involve parents in the joint development of the district Title I Application under section 1112 (ACSIP)?

  • The Federal Programs Coordinator will recruit parents to serve on the district ACSIP committee to develop the Title I Application.

To ensure the continued improvement of the district’s parental/community involvement program, the district will conduct an annual review of its parental involvement policies to examine their effect on promoting higher student achievement. The review shall be done by a committee consisting of parents and other community members, certified and classified staff, and member(s) of the administration.

This policy shall be part of the school’s Title I plan and shall be distributed to parents of the district’s students and provided, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. 

 

Legal References:

  • 20 U.S.C. § 6318
  • A.C.A. § 6-15-1702
  • A.C.A. § 6-15-1703
  • A.C.A. § 6-15-1704
  • Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Rules Governing Parental Involvement Plans and Family and Community Engagement

 Date Adopted: 10/10/17

Revised:  8/16/18

Last Revised:  6/26/19