Charlotte Elementary School
Parent and Family Engagement Policy
September 15, 2020
In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Charlotte Elementary School receives Title I, Part A funds and therefore must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by section 1116(b) and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the school’s expectations for parent and family engagement and describes how the school will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities, and it is incorporated into the school’s plan submitted to the local educational agency (LEA).
Charlotte Elementary School agrees to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:
Involve families, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of families and the school, distribute it to the families of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community.
Provide full opportunities, to the extent practicable, for the participation of families with limited English proficiency, families with disabilities, and families of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language families understand.
If the school improvement plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the families of participating children, submit any family comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
Be governed by the following statutory definition of parent and family engagement and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parent and Family Engagement means the participation of families in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:
(A) families play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) families are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
(C) families 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; and
(D)other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of the ESSA.
Description of how the school will implement required school parent and family engagement policy components:
Charlotte Elementary School will take the following actions to involve families in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including opportunities for regular meetings, if requested by families, to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
Parent involvement for CES is based on the belief that families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school. CES is working to include parents in all aspects of their child’s educational decisions as well as providing opportunities for participation of all parents. We believe that purposeful and intentional communication among all stakeholders cultivates a culture for better student results. CES has moved to create focused opportunities for collaboration with parents, guardians, and community members across the district. CES offers multiple opportunities for parents to learn to help their children meet state academic standards at high levels. CES offers two workshops for parents to help their children be successful in school. Workshops are offered based on parental input through surveys and committee meetings. Additional opportunities are given to help children succeed through open house, family literacy night, PTO, book fairs, science fairs, as well as volunteer programs for parents to help their child's classroom or assist in the activities in the school setting. CES has an open-communication policy, parents are welcome to all meetings, and information is disseminated concerning making decisions about their child's education. Annual surveys are sent out to all parents to obtain information about Title I programming successes, improvements and ideas for helping students succeed in school.
ANNUAL TITLE I MEETING
Charlotte Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all families of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the families’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-parent compact.
CES will hold the Annual Title I meeting to inform parents and families of the requirements of Title I schools and inform parents of their right to be involved. Parents are provided copies of information about Title I as well as have opportunities to ask questions about being a Title I school and requirements. The annual meeting will include an invitation for all parents. Translations are provided as requested. Parents will have access to the Title I pamphlet explaining Title I and services provided.
Charlotte Elementary School will take the following actions to provide families of participating children the following:
Timely information about the Title I programs
Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, childcare or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement.
Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the families