Portage Area Elementary School recognizes that a child's education is a responsibility shared by the school and family during the entire period the child spends in the elementary school. To support the goal of the Portage Area Elementary School to educate all students effectively, the school and parents/caregivers must work as knowledgeable partners.
Although parents/caregivers are diverse in culture, language, and needs, they share the school's commitment to the educational success of their children. The Portage Area Elementary School, in collaboration with its parents/caregivers, shall establish programs and practices that enhance parent/caregiver involvement and reflect the specific needs of students and their families.
To this end, the Portage Area Elementary School supports the development, implementation, and regular evaluation of a parent/caregiver involvement in the school, which will involve parents/caregivers at the elementary grade levels in a variety of roles.
The following outline is in compliance with the legal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The policy represents joint development with parents, teachers, and principal.
The Portage Area Elementary School will:
Involve parents/caregivers in the planning, review, and improvement of the school's parental involvement policy through meetings scheduled in an organized and timely way. The participants will be parents, Title I Coordinator, teachers, and principal. The Title I Coordinator will notify parents, set the agenda, and conduct the meetings.
Hold an annual meeting to inform parents/caregivers of the school's participation in Title I, Part A programs and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents and will offer a flexible number of additional parent involvement meetings, including parent conferences, during the day or in the evening so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite to the meeting Elementary School parents and will encourage them to attend. The participants will be parents, Title I Coordinator, Title I teachers, and other administrators. The Title I Coordinator will notify parents, set the agenda, and conduct the meetings. (Annual Spring Meeting, Title I Parent Advisory Council Meetings).
Use Title I funds to pay for reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities. (Title I Parent Meetings/ Workshops/Training Sessions, Title I Parent Advisory Council Meetings, Annual Spring Luncheon)
Hold meetings for parents/caregivers to involve them in the planning, review, and improvement of the school's Title I program. The participants will be parents, Title I Coordinator, Title I teachers, and principal. This will occur as the result of the meetings of the Title I Parent Advisory Council, Annual Spring Meeting, and parent surveys.
Inform parents/caregivers about their right to request information regarding the qualifications of their child's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. (Portage Area School District website)
Provide timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for more than four (4) consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
Involve parents/caregivers in the joint development of a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, staff members, and students will share in the responsibility for improved student achievement.
Provide parents/caregivers the information about Title I, Part A programs at an annual parent meeting presented by Title I personnel. Included at the meeting will be a description and explanation of the school's curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children's progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
Provide assistance to parents in understanding the state's academic content standards, student achievement standards, assessment anchors, and local academic assessments. Parents/caregivers will also be provided information on how to monitor a child's progress and work with teachers to improve the achievement of their children. These areas will be addressed by holding parent training sessions and parent-teacher conferences.
Provide each parent/caregiver an individual student report about the performances of their child on the State assessment in reading and math. The guidance office will send these reports home each year.
On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
Provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievements, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parent involvement. Parents will be recruited to attend the Title I Statewide Parent Conference and/or the Parent Awareness Training Conference. Additionally, parent training sessions taught by Title I personnel and others will be offered.
Coordinate Title I parent involvement activities with other programs such as Head Start and the private preschool/kindergarten by inviting their personnel and participants to parent training sessions, parent meetings, and any other parent involvement activities.
Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
Adopted by the Portage Area School Board 3/06 Revised 11/08 Revised 11/10 Revised 10/11 Revised 10/12 Revised 10/2013 Revised 10/2014 Revised 10/2017