Parent Involvement Policy

School Based Parental and Family Engagement Policy 2018-2019

Schoolfield  Elementary School

PART I. General Expectations   

Schoolfield Elementary                  agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:  

  • Schoolfield will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the engagement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).   Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

  • Consistent with section 1118,  Schoolfield will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental engagement 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.

  • Schoolfield will incorporate this division wide parental and family engagement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.  

  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental engagement requirements, to the extent practicable, Schoolfield 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 LEA plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school division will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school division submits the plan to the State Department of Education.

  • The Schoolfield will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental engagement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.  

Schoolfield will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental engagement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental engagement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student 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.

PART II. Description Of How The Division Will Implement Required Division Wide Parental and Family Engagement Policy Components  


  1. Schoolfield will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its division wide parental engagement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA:

  • Schoolfield  will convene an annual meeting and if feasible, this will be the first schoolwide parent meeting.

  • Multiple opportunities will be available for parents to attend the annual meeting.

  • Curriculum information will be made available to all parents at the annual meeting.

  • Assessment information will be made available to all parents at the annual meeting.

  • Schoolfield will establish a Title I Parent Advisory Council and a minimum of two members of that Council will serve on the Division Title I Parent Advisory Council which will meet at minimum biannually.  

  • Schoolfield  school’s Parent Advisory Council may utilize their PTA meeting schedule as their approved meeting dates.  

  • Meeting agendas and minutes for the scheduled Parent Advisory Council/PTA meetings will be available to parents at the meetings, school website, the Parent Resource Center, and/or the school office.  

  • The Parent Advisory Council/PTA will provide a time slot on each agenda for parent comments.


  1. Schoolfield will take the following actions to engage parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:  

  • The Title I Parent Advisory Council meetings will be open to all parents.

  • The primary function of the Title I Parent Advisory Council at the school-level will be to allow parents to review available data with school staff and to provide input to assist schools in revising and updating School Improvement Plans.

  • The Title I Parent Advisory Council will provide ongoing communication and monitoring concerning the progress of the goals and objectives outlined in School Improvement Plans.


  1. Schoolfield will receive the following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental engagement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance:  

  • Each Title I school will receive a budget for parental engagement activities using Title I funds.

  • Danville Public Schools will operate a Title I Family Resource Center that is located on the J.M. Langston campus.

  • The Family Resource Center will extend flexible hours to accommodate various parent work schedules.

  • The center staff will provide technical assistance for parents in obtaining curriculum information regarding the local and state assessment program.

  • The center staff will provide a lending library and instructional classes in parenting skills, internet use, and general technology skills.

  • The Title I Family Learning Program staff will provide Title I parents with family literacy opportunities to include adult continuing education and career development.

  • Children of parents participating in the Title I Family Learning Program will receive tutoring and homework assistance towards mastery of grade level Standards of Learning objectives.

  • A division wide calendar of parental engagement opportunities will be available on the division website.


           4. Schoolfield will coordinate and integrate parental engagement strategies in Part A with parental engagement strategies under the following other programs by:

  • Danville Public Schools will operate division wide preschool programs at Grove Park Preschool and Northside Preschool, for identified and eligible at risk four-year olds (as applicable).


  • All Title I parents of students in the Danville Public Schools will be provided the opportunity to sign a School-Parent-Student Compact in which they agree to participate in scheduled activities.  

  • Schoolfield  will hold Parent education workshops.

  • Workshops will be offered at various times to accommodate parent schedules.

  • Schoolfield will develop and implement a parental engagement plan for involving parents in activities which enhance learning and student achievement.

  • A division wide calendar of parental engagement opportunities will be available on the division website.

  • Title I parent liaisons, Student Support Services personnel, and/or the EL team will conduct home visits as the need arises throughout the school year.

  • Interpreters will be provided to assist EL parents in completing applications and notifications when feasible.  


         5. Schoolfield will take the following actions to conduct, with the engagement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental engagement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools.  The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental engagement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background).  The school division will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental engagement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental engagement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental engagement policies.


  • A parent survey in April of each year in order to determine the level of participation and to identify barriers that have prevented participation.

  • Parent surveys will be school-based and will be offered in English and other home languages when feasible.

  • Parent surveys will be available on paper and in an electronic format.  

  • The building principal will use the parent survey as baseline data for the upcoming year and establish a parental engagement participation goal for the next school year.

  • As part of the School Improvement Plan, each school will develop and implement strategies to increase parental engagement based on survey data.

  • The Title I Parent Advisory Council will be representative of the following stakeholders: economically disadvantaged, disabled, limited English proficiency, limited literacy, or any racial or ethnic minority background.

  • The Title I Parent Advisory Council will work collaboratively with schools to develop the School Improvement Plan.


       6. Schoolfield will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental engagement, in order to ensure effective engagement 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.   Schoolfield will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school in understanding:

the State’s academic content standards,

the State’s student academic achievement standards,

the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,

the requirements of Part A,

how to monitor their child’s progress, and

how to work with educators:


  • Title I schools will establish dates on the site-based school calendars for parent/teacher conferences. The school calendars will be available on the division website.


  • School newsletters and websites will provide dates of school parental engagement activities, school events, supply lists, contact information, and parenting tips.

  • Individual teacher classroom newsletters, progress reports, communications, and/or websites will provide dates of parental engagement activities, daily schedules, classwork, and homework.

  • The division’s parental engagement policy will be available in the Title I Teacher Resource Guide, Title I Parent Handbook, Policy Handbooks, and on the division website.

  • Dates for 9-week report cards will be included in the student handbook and on the website. Dates for interim reports will be included in weekly progress folders and on the school’s website.

  • Information regarding how to access division curriculum and state standards will be available in each student handbook, the Title I Parent Handbook, and on the division website.

  • The Title I Family Resource Center staff will be available to assist parents who do not have access to computers.

  • The Title I Family Resource Center will offer technology workshops for parents.

  • The Principal of Schoolfield school will present, at the Title I Annual Meetings, an outline of state and local assessments to be administered during the school year.  Spring SOL data from the previous school year will also be reviewed.


  • The school division will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental engagement, by:  A division wide calendar of parental engagement opportunities available at the Title I Parent Resource Center and all Title I schools will be available on the division website.


  • Family literacy opportunities to include GED instruction and adult continuing education and career development counseling will be offered through the Title I Parent Resource Center to Title I parents and their children.     


  • Technology workshops will be offered through the Title I Family Resource Center.


  • Parenting skills workshops will be offered through the Title I Family Resource Center.


  • Parental engagement newsletters will be distributed in English and/or Spanish and posted on the division website.


  • English Learner (EL) parent information nights will be conducted collaboratively between the EL Parent Resource Center and the Title I Family Resource Center.


C.  The school division will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:  


  • School personnel will receive training that focuses on enhancing parental engagement.


  • The division will conduct in-service on community outreach with administrators and supervisory personnel.


  • Community Outreach will be a component of the division’s strategic planning process and implementation.


  • Interpreters will be provided to assist ESL parents with filling out applications when feasible.


  • Danville Public Schools will disseminate information in accordance with Federal Guidelines for the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

  1. The school division will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental engagement programs and activities with Head Start, 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, by:


  • Danville Public Schools will operate a Title I Family Resource Center that is located at Langston Focus Center.


  • The Family Resource Center will be staffed year-round with flexible hours to accommodate various parent work schedules.


  • The Title I Family Resource Center will provide a division wide calendar of parental engagement opportunities available at the Title I Parent Resource Center and Title I schools on the division website.


  • Danville Public Schools will operate a division wide preschool program at Grove Park Preschool and Northside Preschool, for identified and eligible at risk four-year olds.


  • All Title I parents of students in the Danville Public Schools will be provided an opportunity to sign a School-Parent-Student Compact in which they agree to participate in scheduled activities.


  • Parent education workshops will be held at all Title I schools and the Title I Family Resource Center.


  • Workshops will be offered at various times to accommodate parent schedules.


  • Title I schools will develop and implement a parental engagement plan for involving parents in activities which enhance learning and student achievement.


  • A division wide calendar of parental engagement opportunities will be available on the division website.


  • Title I Parent Liaisons, Student Support Services personnel, and/or the EL team will conduct home visits as the need arises throughout the school year.


  • Interpreters will be provided to assist EL parents in completing applications and notifications when feasible.


  • Danville Public Schools will disseminate information in accordance with Federal Guidelines for the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”


  1. The school division will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent - programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:  


  • A division wide calendar of parental engagement opportunities will be available on the division website.


  • Parental engagement newsletters will be distributed in English and/or Spanish and posted on the division website.


  • EL parent information nights will be conducted collaboratively between the EL Parent Resource Center and the Title I Family Resource Center.


  • Title I schools will establish dates on site-based school calendars for parent/teacher conferences. The school calendars will be available on the division website.


  • School newsletters and websites will provide dates of school parental engagement activities, school events, supply lists, contact information, and parenting tips.


  • Individual teacher classroom newsletters, progress reports, communications, and/or websites will provide dates of parental engagement activities, daily schedules, classwork, and homework.


  • The division’s parental engagement policy will be available in the Title I Teacher Resource Guide, Title I Parent Handbook, Policy Handbooks, and on the division website.


  • Dates for 9-week report cards will be included in the student handbook and on the website. Dates for interim reports will be included in weekly progress folders, each school’s calendar, and on each school’s respective website.

  • Information regarding how to access division curriculum and state standards will be available in each student handbook, the Title I Parent Handbook, and on the division website.