I. POLICY INVOLVEMENT Parent Involvement Policy is jointly developed with, agreed upon with, and distributed to, all of the parents of participating children. We will, to the extent possible, provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a language that the parent can understand. Furthermore, we will coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities at the school level with other federal, state, and district programs. The Parent Policy is presented for discussion and approval with parents and the community during the initial open house meeting. The policy is updated as needed and reviewed annually in order to continuously meet the changing needs of our parents, students, and the school.
II. SHARED RESPONSIBILITY: PARENT-SCHOOL COMPACT Parent-School Compact, jointly developed with, agreed upon with and distributed to all parents, describes how parents, students, and the entire school staff, share in the responsibility for high student achievement.
III. BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT To ensure effective involvement of parents, and to support a partnership among the parents, community and school to improve student achievement, we will: 1. Assist parents in understanding New York State’s academic achievement standards by disseminating pamphlets, hand-outs, parent-teacher conferences, parent workshops, and Open Houses. 2. Communicate and monitor a child’s progress by interim report cards, report cards every ten weeks, IEP meetings, weekly/monthly telephone calls and parent-teacher conferences. 3. Assist parents in helping them to improve achievement of their children through parenting workshops, adult education, and ESL classes for parents, monthly newsletters that provide activities and suggestions, student’s weekly folders, technology training and orientation. 4. Educate teachers and other staff members, with the assistance of parents, in reaching out to, communicate with, and working with parents through PTA, conferences, workshops, and staff development. 5. Send information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to the parents in a format and language they can understand through teacher generated newsletters, PTA meetings, District School Improvement Team Council, school calendar, parent/student handbook, student planner and website. 6. Provide opportunities for parents to communicate with the school through open door policy, communication folders, designating time to meet with the principal and/or teachers, and parenting workshops. 7. Provide other activities to promote parental involvement such as, Parents As Reading Partners, book fairs, talent show, parenting workshops and volunteer programs.