Parental Involvement

Parent and Family Engagement

1. Describe how the school will convene an annual meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1% set-aside, and the right of parents involved. (Sec. 1116(c)(1)) Yearly, the Douglas campus decides on the best way to reach the most amount of people. We decided to host a family night in which we also have open house. We have a large population of Spanish speaking families; therefore, we have a Title I meeting in English as well as one at the concurrent time in Spanish. All meeting notifications are sent in English and Spanish. We invite parents from any demographic to participate in deciding on how the funds will be spent for the next year. We have 2 parents on the committee this year.

2a. Describe how there will be a flexible number and format of parent meetings offered, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement.

DHS has a large population of Spanish speaking families; therefore, we have a Title I meeting in

English as well as one at the concurrent time in Spanish. All meeting notifications are sent in English and Spanish. A PowerPoint presentation is available for any parent who may have missed the meeting. It can be viewed online.

2b. Describe how parents will be involved in the planning, review and improvement of the Title I Program (Note: State the school's process for how all Title I parents have the opportunity for involvement in decision-making).

DHS makes an attempt to include any parent willing to participate in the decision making of how Title funds will be spent. This year we have 2 parents that will serve on the committee to help determine what they see as the largest needs of the school.

2c. Describe how funds allocated for parent involvement are being used in the school. (Sec. 1116(c)(2)(3)).

Title I funds for parental involvement will mostly be used to contact parents in an effort to get more of an active participation in their student's education. This will include things like postage, envelopes, etc. to be utilized in parent communication.

  1. Describe how the school provides parents of participating children timely information in a uniform format and, to the extent practicable in a language they can understand, about programs under Title I, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use, forms of academic assessments, and achievement expectations used, and, if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and participate as appropriate in decisions related to the education of their children. (Sec. 1116(c)(4)(A)(B)(C))

    Due to the high EL population, all parental contact is sent in English and Spanish. We have translators available to make any needed phone calls to parents. A representative for the EL population is present on all committees to ensure that the needs of those students are being met.

  2. Describe how parents, the school staff, and students share responsibility for improved student academic achievement for participating students (How the School-Parent Compact is jointly developed with Title I parents; how it is used, reviewed, and updated). (Sec. 1116(d))

    The School-Parent Compact is reviewed by the leadership team to determine if any changes are needed. If so, we update it yearly to meet the needs of those students. The compact is then translated and distributed to the population. Students are responsible for bringing back the form with a parent signature. Our first-period teachers will then keep this for the remainder of the year.

  3. Describe procedures to allow parents to submit comments of dissatisfaction with the Continuous Improvement

Plan. (Sec. 1116(c)(5))

At any time when a parent is dissatisfied with a portion of our CIP, they can meet to talk to or email an administrator about the issue. If the issue is valid, then the administrator will conduct a CIP meeting with the committee to determine the next steps.

6a. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children. (See ESSA Sec. 1116, requirements for building capacity and parental and family engagement).

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.

DHS has purchased chromebooks for parents to have at their disposal if they do not have access to Internet at home to complete necessary school paperwork.

6b. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children. (See ESSA Sec. 1116, requirements for building capacity and parental and family engagement).

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

Shall educate teachers, office personnel, and other school staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.

DHS provides resources for parents at meetings, in addition, to support for Spanish speaking parents. We provide opportunities for parents to share their opinions on committees such as the ACIP and Title I budget committees. DHS supports the families with teacher communication about grades and behavior. Teachers encourage parents to participate in their student's education through conferences, phone calls, emails, and letters.

6c. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children. (See ESSA Sec. 1116, requirements for building capacity and parental and family engagement).

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other federal programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

The Marshall County Board of Education hosts a 10-week series to provide support to parents called "The Parent Project: Parents Are the Answer." This initiative was designed to help parents who are struggling to deal with difficult teens. The program is to support parents who may not know how to deal with a struggling student. This will be available in English first semester and Spanish second semester. It will be free for all parents interested in the Marshall County School district.

6d. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children. (See ESSA Sec. 1116, requirements for building capacity and parental and family engagement).

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

Anytime that DHS sends home a letter to all students and families, it is translated into Spanish. If we make an all-call, it is also available in Spanish. It is our intent to reach all parents regardless of language barriers. We have a translator on campus at all times in case there is ever any need for one.

6e. Describe how the school will build capacity for parental involvement including how parents will be encouraged to become equal partners in the education of their children. (See ESSA Sec. 1116, requirements for building capacity and parental and family engagement).

To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, our school:

Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. DHS provides parents with surveys yearly in order to celebrate our victories and highlight improvements. We hope that parents participate in these surveys to better help us provide for their students.

7. Describe how the school will ensure the provision for participation of parents and family members (including parents and family members who have limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory children), including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents understand.

(See ESSA Sec. 1117(f))

Anytime that DHS sends home a letter to all students and families, it is translated into Spanish. If we make an all-call, it is also available in Spanish. It is our intent to reach all parents regardless of language barriers. We have a translator on campus at all times in case there is ever any need for one.