Posted: October 5, 2021
At the district level, it is the policy of the East Buchanan Community School District that parents of ALL participating children have the opportunity to be involved in the development of the district plan and the district’s review process for the purpose of school improvement. The district provides coordination, technical assistance and other necessary support in the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities. The district encourages parent involvement and supports the partnership between home/school/community by providing understandable information about standards and assessments; providing training and materials, such as literacy training and use of technology, for parents to help their children and to involve other parents; educating school personnel about involving parents and the value of parent contributions; and developing meaningful roles for community organizations and businesses to work with parents and schools.
This written policy is developed, agreed upon, and distributed to parents of participating Title I children and ALL parents in the district through the back-to-school newsletter in the fall. East Buchanan believes that parents can help students succeed in the following ways:
- by reinforcing skills taught to students
- by learning about ideas that parents can use to help students learn
- by supporting students and the school’s effort to educate them
- by making decisions which foster student learning
- by providing an environment which is conducive to learning
- by open communication regarding student progress
East Buchanan provides the following reasonable support services for parental involvement activities in the following ways and any other parent involvement activities that parents request:
- A-Team: Parents are invited to join regular and special educators, AEA personnel, administration, and other related staff to meet and discuss problem solving strategies to help students who are experiencing difficulty in school.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parents are invited to meet with classroom teachers to discuss student progress.
- Welcome Back Night: Parents are invited to find classrooms, bring supplies, and meet the teachers.
- Friends/Family Day: K-2 parents, relatives, and friends are invited to visit classrooms to view student programs.
- Parent Volunteers: Parents, grandparents, and community members are asked to volunteer time during the school day helping and mentoring students.
- Parent Visitation: Parents are encouraged to request a visitation to their student’s classroom to observe learning in progress, as well as encouraged to attend parent involvement conferences.
- PTO: Parents are invited to join the Parent-Teacher Organization as they plan
and prepare for activities during the year.
- Title I Open House/Parent Teacher Conferences: Parents of Title I students and their families are invited by mail to attend an annual open house. Here they learn about the requirements of the Title I program, reasons for their child’s participation, and curricular instruction methods used in the program, as well as sign a Parent Compact. This compact was developed and reviewed by the Title I Parent Advisory Council. The Title I program is evaluated at this time.
- Student Performances: Various grade levels present band and vocal music presentations for the public.
- Parents have the right to request information about the qualifications of their children’s teachers and of any paraprofessionals who instruct them.
All information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities will be sent to parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
East Buchanan shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement program and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Program, and Preschool Youngsters, the Parent as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other 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 district will educate teachers, pupil service personnel, principals, and other staff with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners building ties between parent and school.
The district’s school improvement plan will be shared with patrons through the district’s fall newsletter. Information shared will be
- Proficiency levels for students
- Student assessment results
- A school performance profile
- District performance standards