Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy and Compact

Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy & Compact 2018 - 2019

Purpose of this Policy and Compact

Efforts will be made to clearly articulate the school’s intentions to engage with and involve parents/caregivers in the educational process.

Daniels Run Elementary is a Title I school within Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and utilizes the Title I grant to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning. A partnership with families is essential to meeting this goal.

Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools that receive Title I funds are expected to collaborate with families to develop and maintain a parent and family engagement policy that describes the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning and includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.

Daniels Run Elementary jointly developed this policy and compact with members of the school community and adopted it for the 2018-2019 school year. A number of the provisions specifically address state or federal expectations for the policy and compact.

This policy and compact is distributed to all caregivers in a language that families can understand. Caregivers have opportunities to provide comments and feedback on the policy and compact through the Family Resource Center, classroom teacher, Parent Coffees, etc. Comments are submitted with the school’s policy and compact to FCPS central offices and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This policy and compact are made available to the broader school community through the school website.

 

Important Dates       

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                                 

  • Two phone calls (at least) by December 21
  • Face-to face conferences as needed

Progress Report Distribution

  • November 2018
  • February 2019
  • April 2019
  • June 2019

School Events

  • Welcome Walk: August 23
  • Back to School Night: August 29 (K-2), August 30 (3-6)
  • School Picnic: September 20

 

Building Capacity for Involvement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:

 

  • Provide family members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as School Mission and Vision Committee, PTA School of Excellence and Family Engagement Committees.
  • Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement and Innovation Plan (SIIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact, and plans for use of Title I Family Engagement funding.
  • Seek feedback from families on programs within the Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.
  • Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events and initiatives to build collective ownership, such as beautifying the school grounds, walk-a-thon, International Festival, Food for Thought program, Family Resource Center volunteer opportunities to support teachers .
  • Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as reading to students, helping with classroom projects, and providing clerical support for teachers.
  • Encourage families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify:
    • barriers to greater family participation,
    • ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning, and
    • strategies to support successful school and family interactions.

Effective Communication with Parents

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:

 

  • Use multiple methods of communication to families such as News You Choose emails, KIT messages (email and voice), grade level newsletters, Thursday Folder, Facebook, Twitter, Reminder 101.
  • Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting on Back to School Night, share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school.
  • Share school and student performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as Principal Coffees and PTA Meetings.
  • Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning through Weekly Newsletters, phone calls home, and Parent Conferences.
  • Maintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as Thursday Folder, Weekly Newsletter and individual parent contact.
  • Provide ongoing feedback on student progress through quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth.
  • Ensure that teachers contact parents/guardians by phone twice before winter break and hold Parent Conferences as needed.

 

Shared Responsibilities for High Academic Achievement

Efforts will be made to ensure that parents/caregivers receive materials, training, and benefits from school partnerships with social and academic services, community-based organizations, and businesses, including the following:

 

  • Hold workshops connecting caregivers to tools and resources, such as meetings for Advanced Academics, and workshops on pertinent social supports and community resources.
  • Offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming through Principal Coffees and Teacher Conferences.
  • Encourage participation in family learning events where caregivers learn strategies to support their child’s learning at home and have a chance to practice those strategies with their child, such as literacy nights, and adult ESOL.
  • Provide ongoing access to resources in the school, such as interpreters, assistance with filling out financial assistance forms, tutoring, and mentoring.
  • Provide mentors for students though our counseling department, our partnership with Fairfax High School and local churches.  
  • Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as No Sale Yard Sale, Food for Thought, Backpack and school supply program, SCA sponsored opportunities, Thanksgiving Meals, and Christmas Giving.
  • Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events, such as Bingo Night, Food for Thought, No Sale Yard Sale, and School Picnic.
  • Support parents in accessing county and community resources, activities, and services that are sponsored by the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County.
  • Educate families about proper nutrition and healthy meal planning by encouraging participation in programs sponsored by Fairfax County (such as the Family Nutrition Program) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension,
  • Encourage participation in Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) which holds weekly meetings for families with preschoolers to foster early literacy skills, develop English language, and become familiar with FCPS school culture.

 

Welcoming All Families

 

Efforts will be made to ensure that all parents/caregivers are welcomed and provided opportunities to actively engage within the school, including the following:

 

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere at the school with the Welcome Walk and Welcome Back Picnic.
  • Provide interpretation services for Parent-Teacher Conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Translate or provide interpretation of all school documents and communication to make them accessible in the caregiver’s preferred correspondence language and for those with vision or hearing impairments.
  • Support two-way communication between families and staff through assistance of a parent liaison for field trips, Parent-Teacher Conferences, classroom newsletters, and phone calls.
  • Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions by providing interpreters, using LIS equipment, and providing translated documents.
  • Connect families learning English with members of the school community who can help with translating invitations to school events to ensure that all families are included.

 

Compact Provisions

School staff, parents/caregivers, and students must work together to ensure a student success.

 

The staff will:

Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to meet challenging academic standard through the following actions:

 

  • Teach all students according to the state’s challenging standards, using approved curriculum resources.
  • Provide ongoing professional development and support to all teachers to ensure effective instructional practices are used in all classrooms.
  • Meet in Grade Level CLTs on a regular basis to plan high quality instruction.

Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:

  • Provide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.
  • Offer a variety of resources to help students with their learning.
  • Implement Responsive Classroom.
  • Integrate the Positivity Project Values in the Morning Meeting.

Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:

  • Hold an annual meeting to present information on the school’s Title I programs, state and division curriculum. and assessments, and the school’s state and federal accountability status.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and give input into the Title I programs.

Build caregivers’ involvement in the school’s Title I Program through the following actions:

  • Include caregivers as members of the School Improvement and Innovation Planning (SIIP) Committee and as collaborators in developing the Title I Schoolwide Plan and plans for the use of Title I family engagement funds.
  • Solicit parent involvement in the revision of the school vision and mission.

 

The parents/caregivers will:

Demonstrate understanding that participation in my child’s education will help his or her achievement through the following actions:

 

  • Participate in decisions related to school programs and my child’s education, and share my questions or comments about the programs in my child’s school.
  • Volunteer in my child’s classroom or in school activities, as my schedule allows.
  • Encourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school. 
  • Join the PTA.
  • Attend school functions as my schedule allows.
  • Ensure that my child gets enough sleep at night and comes to school on time.

 

The student will:

Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the followings actions:

 

  • Get enough sleep every night.
  • Come to school on time unless I am sick.
  • Try my hardest and work with my classmates to complete learning tasks.
  • Give my parents all notes and papers from my teacher.

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