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PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, West Elementary recieves Title I, Part A funds
and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family
members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains
information required by Section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy
establilshes the school's expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the
school will implement a number of sepcific parent and family engagement activities, and it is
incorporated into the school's plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).
West Elementary agrees the to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:
*Involve families, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and
improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and
improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint
development of the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every
Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
*Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the
changing needs of families and the school, distribute it to the families of participating
children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local
*Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of families with
limited English proficiency, families with disabilities, and families of migratory children,
including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the
ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon
request and, to the extent practicable, in a language families understand.
*If the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to
the families of participating children, submit any family comments on the plan when the
school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
*Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and
will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
-Parent and Family Engagement means the partiicpation of families in regular, two-
way and meaningful comunication involving student academic learning and other
school activities, including ensuring:
(A) families play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;
(B) families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at
(C) families 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;and
(D) other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of
Description of how the school will implement required school parent and family engagement policy
West Elementary will take the following actions to involve families in an organized, ongoing, and
timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities
for regular meetings, if requested by families, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as
appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such
suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
*At West Elementary parents will have access to review the family engagement policy via the
district / school website and a copy will also be provided in the student handbook which is attahced
to student's agenda books. Parents/families are required to read the policy and sign stating that
they have read it. All families are encouraged to provide feedback, suggestions, or additions to
administration upon which time a meeting will be scheduled if requested by families.
ANNUAL TITLE I MEETIN
West Elementary will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting at a convenient time
and encourage and invite all families of participating children to attend to inform them about the
schools's Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the families' requirements, the school
parent and family engagement policy, the school wide plan, and the school-parent compact.
*West Elementary will hold an annual Title I meeting to inform families of the requirements of Title
I and the school's participation as well as the families' rights to be involved during our open house
on August 21, 2018. Copies of this plan will be available.
West Elementary will take the following actions to provide families of participating children the
-Timely information about the Title I Programs
-Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide
with Title I funds, transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent
and family engagement.
-Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is
sent to the families of participating children in an understandable and uniform format,
including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the
families can understand.
*The school Parent Engagement Policy will be located in the West Elementary handbook, on the website,
and copies wil be available during the annual Title I meeting. West Elementary regularly sends
newsletters, parent notes, phone calls, and also updates the website to include information regarding
programming, meetings and other activities. These communications are provided in Spanish and
SCHOOL PARENT COMPACT
West Elementary will take the following actions to jointly develop with families of participating
children a school-parent compact that outlines how families, the entire school staff, and students
will share the responsibility for improved student academic achevement and the means by which
the school and families will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state's high
*West Elementary provides school-parent compacts that outline the shared responsibility for
improving academic achievement and the means by which the school and families will build and
develop a partnership to help children achieve the state's high standards. Meetings are held each
year to review the Compact and make changes based on student needs.
RESERVATION OF FUNDS
If applicable, West Elementary will take the following actions to involve the families of children
served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved
for parent and family engagement is spent by:
*West Elementary will use the parent engagement money allocated through Title I funds to purchase
planners that allow communication between families and school.
COORDINATION OF SERVICES
West Elementary will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and intergrate parent and
family engagement programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including
public preschool programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that
encourage and support families in more fully participating in the education of their children by:
*West Elementary participates in providing public PreK. West Elementary families have access to
Warren County Schools Family Resource Center, located behind Warren County Middle School.
Referrals to the Family Resource Center may be made by contacting the counselor.
BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF
West Elementary will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support
personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of families, in the
value and utility of contributions of families, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and
work with families as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties
between families and the school by:
*West Elementary will communicate with parents information regarding content standards, assessments
and student achievement. Links to Skyward (student attendance, grades, and discipline) information will
be given to parent upon enrollment. A direct link to Skyward training is available on the district website.
Assistance with understanding curriculum, standards, and academic requirements will be provided bi-
annually during Parent/Teacher Conferences. West Elementary hosts family nights which focus on
literacy, math, and STEAM activities.