HACKETT PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

 

2012-2013

 

 

          Hackett Public School understands the importance of involving parents and the community as a whole in promoting higher student achievement and general goodwill between the school and those it services.  It is the shared responsibility of the school and the family to educate today’s youth. Toward this collaborative end, Hackett School shall strive to develop and maintain a meaningful and productive parental and community involvement plan that will result in partnerships that are mutually beneficial to the school, students, parents and the community.

 

            In establishing a parent involvement plan for each campus, elementary and high school, the current Arkansas laws were addressed:

 

·         Involve parents of students at all grade levels in a variety of roles.

·         Be comprehensive and coordinated in nature.

·         Recognize that communication between home and school should be regular, two way and meaningful.

·         Promote and support responsible parenting.

·         Acknowledge that parents play an integral role in assisting student learning.

·         Welcome parents into the school, and seek parental support and assistance.

·         Recognize that community resources strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning.

·         Support the development, implementation, and regular evaluation of the programs to involve parents in the decisions and practices of the school district, using to the degree possible, the components of this plan.

·         Recognize that a parent is a full partner in the decisions that affect his or her child and family.

 

 

1.      The Hackett School District will take the following action to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

 

·         Hackett Public School includes parents on the Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan, which includes parent involvement components and lists the responsibilities of the parental involvement committee.

 

 

 

 

2.      The Hackett School District will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:

 

·         Parents are encouraged to input ideas and concerns, with regard to the school at any time; parents are also invited to hear the school report from the superintendent in the fall of the new school year and to have input on what is incorporated.

 

 

3.      The Hackett School District will provide the necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:

 

·         Title I student Academic Improvement Plans are discussed with individual students’ parents at the first Parent/Teacher Conference in the fall.  AIP’s not signed at that time will be sent home to parents for signatures and teachers will contact parents to discuss their child’s AIP.  The high school also has a parent involvement coordinator to help with parental concerns and get other information out to parents.

 

 

4.      The Hackett School District will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, 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:

 

·         Parental Involvement surveys will be used to assess parent concerns and discussions. Parents will be encouraged to talk with their child’s teacher at Parent/Teacher Conferences, Open House, Pride Night, School Board Meetings, etc.

 

 

5.      The Hackett School District will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement through the following activities specifically described below.

 

·         Parent Involvement surveys will be used to assess parent concerns and discussions

 

 

 

 

6.      The Hackett School District will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph:

 

·         The State’s academic content standards.

·         The State’s student academic achievement standards.

·         The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments.

·         The requirements of Part A.

·         How to monitor their child’s progress.

·         How to work with educators.

 

The state’s academic content standards, the student academic achievement standards, the state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments, the requirements of Part A, how to monitor their child’s progress, and how to work with and communicate with their child’s teachers is described in each school’s respective handbook dispersed at the beginning of each school year; benchmark test scores are attached to report cards for parents to pick up at each school’s scheduled parent/teacher conferences (if the parent does not pick up the report cards, they are sent home the following day); informational booklets describing benchmark tests giving information how parents can help their child be ready for testing are sent home;

 

 

7.      The Hackett School District will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their child’s academic achievement such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement, by:

 

 

·         Each respective school will designate one certified staff member to serve as a parent facilitator; send family packets home with relevant materials for parents to use when working with their child.  Academic reports are sent home four times per year, with additional reports sent upon parental request,  technology use guides are provided as appropriate, i.e. GradeQuick, School Reach, EdLine, etc; materials and supplies have been purchased and placed in each respective school library;

 

8.   The Hackett School District will, with the assistance of its school and parents, educate

      its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and

      other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as

      equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and how to

      implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools,

      by:

 

·         Each school’s respective principal will suggest ways for teachers to contact parents, including e-mail and phone calls: each school respectively helps parents understand and use resources to help meet the state’s challenging student academic achievement expected for all children.

 

 

 

         9.   The Hackett School District will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and

                Integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Even Start,

                Home Instruction Programs for Preschool youngsters, the Parents and Teachers

                Program, and other appropriate preschool programs. The District will also maintain

                Parent Resource Centers that encourage and support parents to be more fully

                Participating in the education of their children.

 

·         Provide a variety of opportunities for our students to transition into the high school setting including freshman orientation, pre-registration, school tours, open house prior to the start of school, teacher contact with families prior to the first day of school and conferences scheduled as needed to meet IEP and 504 requirements.

         

        10.   The Hackett School District will, with the assistance

 

·         Notices of all meetings are sent out from the school, published in the student handbook, and published in local newspapers. Parents of students in academic enrichment programs are provided with informative reports telling of the child’s progress, ideas, and materials to work with the student at home to improve reading skills.

 

         11.   The Hackett School District will ensure that all staff members, shall receive

      annual professional development according to state requirements. Training will include,

      but not be limited to:

 

·         Child Maltreatment

·         Parental Involvement

·         Suicide