QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Title I Parent Involvement Policy
To be in compliance with the requirements of Title I as amended under P.L. 103-382, Section 1118 (a) (2), an LEA must establish and implement Title I. policies to ensure systematic consultation with parents in both the design and implementation of the Title I program.
Title I parents will be invited to a bi-annual meeting to jointly revise and give input to the Queen Anne’s County Parent Involvement Policy. Other opportunities for parent input will be provided via: web surveys, paper surveys, and a suggestion box.
The following Title I. strategies/activities have been developed to involve parents in the design and implementation of the Title I program.
I. Communication Between Home and School
a) Schools will communicate school readiness, student progress, school programs, MSA results, and other pertinent information to families using various communication strategies and will ensure that it is communicated in a format and language parents can understand. (E.g. newsletters, email, and pamphlets).
b) Schools will conduct an orientation meeting to inform parents about Title I services and answer questions that might arise.
c) Schools will review, annually, the parent involvement policy.
d) Targeted Assistance Schools & School Wide Schools: Parents will be notified, by mail, of their child’s inclusion in any targeted program.
e) Classroom teachers will schedule individual conferences with Title I parents at least twice annually to discuss student progress and achievement as well as review the Parent/Teacher/Student Compact.
II. Parent Participation
a) Parents will be surveyed to determine appropriate topics for workshops, and the effectiveness of parent involvement.
b) School-level Parent Advisory Councils will conduct meetings and training sessions, based on needs assessment, to provide home-school communication and to respond to parent concerns.
c) A family activity will be conducted in each Title I school to involve families in activities to promote family cohesiveness.
d) Families will be supported through home visits.
III. Student Learning
a) Schools will help families collaborate on homework and to the academic activities including: workshops for parents, at-home learning strategies, home visits, and extended library hours.
b) Schools will provide teachers with training in involving families in reading, math, homework and curricular activities, as well as professional development and follow-up support on conducting home visits.
a) Schools will recognize, publicly and privately, the efforts of volunteers.
b) The community and faith-based organizations will mobilize members to volunteer regularly at schools and community learning events.
c) Parent groups will work with schools to recruit parent volunteers and match them with appropriate opportunities.
V. School Decision-Making and Advocacy
a) Schools will involve diverse family and community representatives in decisions regarding academic policies, school-wide plans, and family involvement.
b) A Community-Staff survey will be issued yearly. The questionnaire will be designed for individuals to comment on school program design, parent involvement, staff development, materials of instruction and any other aspect of the Title I program.
c) Schools will hold decision-making team meetings at times and places accessible to families and community members and make minutes available.
d) Schools will develop a Home/School Compact with a parent that outlines the responsibilities of parents, school staff, and possibly students in the education of children. This compact will be shared with parents and signed by the parent, student, and the teacher.
e) Information sessions on various areas of the curriculum will be provided at times and places accessible to family and community members.
VI. Collaborating with the Community
a) Information nights will be held for community leaders, businesses, and organizations to describe the school’s strengths and needs as a basis for potential partnering.
b) Community members will work with schools to improve family involvement, school programs, and services that contribute to student learning.
Adopted: June 30, 2005