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Parental Involvement Policy

Mission Consolidated Independent School District
District Title I Parental Involvement Policy
2015-2016
Mission Statement

Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) ensures a quality and equitable education for our community of learners by providing the necessary academic, social and technological knowledge and skills to become successful lifelong learners and productive citizens.

Statement of Purpose

MCISD administration, faculty, support staff, parents and community shall develop, agree upon and distribute to our parents a written Parental Involvement policy. The policy will set expectations and establish a framework for quality parental involvement participation. This will be achieved as part of the district’s improvement plan in accordance with legal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.The district values the parent’s role and support in the success of their children’s academic achievement.

Program Requirements

MCISD agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

The school district will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its campuses with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the ESEA. Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful and consultation with parents for participating children.

Consistent with section 1118, the school district will work with its schools to ensure that the required
school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA and each include, as a component, a school-parent-student compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.

The school district will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its district plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.

In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental requirements, to the extent practicable, the school district
and its schools will 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 required under section 1111 of 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 district plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, 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 involve the parents of the children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 % of the one percent reserved 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 students’ academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring--

a. That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning.
b. That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
c. 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;
d. The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.

Program Implementation

1. MCISD will involve parents in the joint development/revision of the district/campus parental
involvement policy under section 1112 of the ESEA, by providing full opportunities for the participation of parents through active recruitment and participation in one or more of the following committees:
- District Advisory Committee (DAC)
- Parent Advisory Council (PAC) – campus-level
- Site-Based Decision Making Committee (SBDM) – campus-level

2. MCISD will involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA by providing full opportunities for the participation of parents through active recruitment and participation in one or more of the following committees:
- District Advisory Committee (DAC)
- Parent Advisory Council (PAC) – campus-level
- Site-Based Decision Making Committee (SBDM) – campus-level
- District Education Improvement Council (DEIC).

3. MCISD will provide regular trainings and/or meetings with school personnel to supply 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.

4. MCISD will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and
effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools by providing full opportunities for the participation of parents through active recruitment and
participation in the Annual District Parental Involvement Program Evaluation. Findings will be utilized
in designing effective strategies and programs that will increase parental involvement and to revise, if
necessary its parental involvement policies. The evaluation will included identifying barriers to
greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities.

5. MCISD 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 schools involved, parents and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:

A. The school district will, with assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents and children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the State’s academic content standards, the State’s student academic achievement standards, the State and local academic assessment including alternate assessments, the requirements of Title I Part A, how to monitor their child’s progress, and how to work with educators by:

- Conducting an annual Title I Part A Parent Meeting within the 1st six weeks of school to inform parents of the district’s participation in Title I, Part A, its requirements and their right to be involved.

- Conducting regular campus Parent Meetings to inform parents about the State’s academic content standards, the State’s student academic achievement standards, the State and local academic assessment including alternate assessments, and campus programs.

- Conducting regular campus Parent Sessions for parent’s personal growth and development.

- Conducting an annual Districtwide Parent Conference

- Attending local, regional, state and national parent conferences

B. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide materials and
training to help parents work with their children to improve their children academic achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement by:

- Utilizing Rosetta Stone software to reduce language barrier for parents of participating children.

- Offering ESL classes to enhance the district’s literacy program.

- Offering GED classes to encourage high academic standards for all family members.

- Conducting regular campus Parent Meetings to encourage parental engagement in child’s academics

C. The school district will, with assistance of its Title I, Part A schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupils services personnel, principals and other staff, how to reach out and  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 relations between parents and schools by:

- Utilize parent’s expertise to assist in breaking down possible barriers to parental involvement and its programs.

- Utilize parent testimonials on positive parental involvement at local, regional, state and national parent conferences

D. The school district will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Stepping Stones for the Migrant Education Program, Pre-Kindergarten program, and Teaching and Mentoring Communities.

E. The school district will adopt and implement a parental involvement program model at each
campus to provide families with opportunities to be engaged in their child’s education.

F. The school district will establish a districtwide parental advisory committee to provide advice
on matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A.

G. The school district will provide information in a language parents can understand using a paper/electronic format, or School Messenger to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a language and format the parents understand.

Adoption
This policy was adopted by Mission Consolidated Independent School District on the 22nd day of _May , 2014 and will be in effect for the school year 2014-2015.