7340 R1 - Procedures for Learning Support

Adopted
1/19/93

Revised

5/06

11/12

The superintendent or designee will ensure that procedures and programs are in place to identify and serve educationally disadvantaged students in accordance with federal and state program guidelines. In addition, resources to serve educationally disadvantaged students, i.e., Title I, Learning Assistance Program, special education, etc., will be blended to meet student needs while maintaining compliance with federal and state regulations.

In compliance with Title 1 regulations, parent involvement procedures will be implemented as follows:

PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

The Edmonds School District agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

  • The school district will put into place programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
  • The school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of the ESEA, and each includes, as a component, a parent-school compact that outlines how the school and the parents will work as partners to increase the academic growth of the children.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities, including providing information and school reports required under the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
  • If the school district plan for Title I, Part A is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
  • The school district will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement goes directly to the schools.
  • The school district will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring

• that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;

• that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;

• that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.

PART II. DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT REQUIRED DISTRICT-WIDE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY COMPONENTS

Involvement of parents in the joint development of the district-wide parental involvement plan:

Parent representatives from each Title I school building will be invited to attend an annual district meeting. Feedback will be elicited regarding the district plan, Title I services to students, and parental involvement activities. Feedback will be shared with buildings and incorporated into a revised plan as appropriate. Each Title I parent in the district will receive a copy of the district plan.

Involvement of parents in the process of school review and improvement:

The school district will involve parents in a review of school programs by providing information via a monthly open forum conducted by the Superintendent, a quarterly newsletter, and an annual school report card. Parents are invited to give feedback which is considered and respected.

Coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist Title I schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

The following support will be provided by the district:

  • 1:1 assistance provided by the Title I Specialist to help buildings plan parental involvement activities.
  • Creation of a summary of all the buildings' parental involvement activities that will be disseminated to each building in order to share ideas.

Coordination and integration of parental involvement strategies under other programs:

Parent involvement activities will be coordinated across all programs within a building including Title I, LAP, English Language Learner and Special Education. In addition, many of our buildings have linkages with Head Start and parental involvement will be promoted within that context. The Early Childhood Center, which houses the district's preschool program, will actively involve parents in its operation as well as in the transition of students into and out of the program.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of the parental involvement plan:

The district will conduct an annual evaluation that will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, have disabilities, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.


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