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Parent Involvement Policy
Parent/Family Involvement in Education
The Board of Education recognizes the positive effects of parents/families’ involvement in the education of their children. The Board also recognizes the importance of assisting schools in eliminating barriers that impede parent/family involvement and will facilitate an environment that encourages collaboration with parents/families and community. The Board is committed to strong parent/family involvement in working collaboratively with District staff as knowledgeable partners in educating District students. In order to implement the Board’s commitment to parent/family involvement in education, the Superintendent will appoint a committee of parents, staff, and community representatives to serve as the District’s Parent Involvement Committee. The Committee’s responsibilities will include recommendations for program
development, parent/staff training and program evaluation.
The Board also recognizes the importance of parental involvement with the Title I program and will provide a variety of opportunities for parents to be involved in policy design and in the planning, implementation and review(ing) of Title I programs.
-Excerpt from Independence School Board Policy
The NCLB Parental Involvement: Title I, Part A Non-Regulatory Guidance adopted April 23, 2004 states:
An LEA’s written parental involvement policy must establish the LEA’s expectations for parental involvement, and describe how the LEA will:
- Provide the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance
- Build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement
- Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies under Title I, Part A with parental involvement strategies under other programs, such as Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents as Teachers, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), State-run preschool programs, and Title III language instructional programs
- Conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served with Title I, Part A funds, including:
- Identifying barriers to greater participation by parents I parental involvement activities, with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, or disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background;
- Using the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement;
- Revising, if necessary, the LEA’s parental involvement policies; and
- Involve parents in the activities of schools served under Title I, Part A. [Section 1118(a)(2),ESEA.] [For more detailed information see Appendix D for a sample template of a District wide Parental Involvement Policy.]
Virtual Instruction Program
The District will participate in the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (“Program”). The Program offers District students the opportunity to enroll in virtual school courses in a variety of grade level and content areas from Kindergarten through grade 12. The
District may elect to offer specific courses as part of the program. Any on-line courses or virtual programs offered by the District prior to August 18, 2018 will be automatically approved for program participation, where the District course meets program requirements.