Part One: General Expectations

P.H. Miller Elementary agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:

  • Consistent with section 1118, the school will work to ensure that the required school level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118 of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
  • Schools will notify parents of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. The policy will be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
  • In carrying out the Title I, Part A, parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the school 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 language parents understand.
  • If the school-wide program plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1114(b) of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school submits the plan to the local educational agency (school district).
  • The school 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 involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the 1 percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
  • The school will build its own and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
  • The school will provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA as the parents may request.
  • The school will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring that--

  • parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
  • parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
  • 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;
  • other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA, are carried out.

Part Two: Description of how schools will implement required school parental involvement policy components

  1. P.H. Miller Elementary will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its school parental involvement plan under section 1118 of the ESEA:
    1. Parent information meetings
    2. Quarterly Parent Advisory Committee Meetings
    3. Open House
    4. Preschool and kindergarten orientation meetings
    5. Preschool home visits
  2. P.H. Miller Elementary will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:
    1. 5 Essentials Survey
    2. Preschool parent survey
    3. Quarterly Parent Advisory Committee Meetings
    4. Parent Information Nights
    5. Swift Alert Notifications
    6. School Newsletter/Monthly E-mail Communication
  3. P.H. Miller Elementary will hold an annual meeting to inform parents 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 time convenient for parents and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs to this meeting, and will encourage them to attend, by:
    1. Swift Alert Notifications
    2. Flyers sent home with students
    3. School website
    4. Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter
    5. School Newsletter
  4. P.H. Miller Elementary will provide parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes 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 by:
    1. MAP scores
    2. MAP parent information letter to explain scores
    3. ACCESS results sent home
    4. Fountas and Pinnell scores
    5. Trimester progress reports
    6. Parent/teacher conferences
    7. Phone conferences with parents
    8. Open House/Curriculum Night
    9. Math and Reading Nights
    10. School newsletter
    11. School website
  5. P.H. Miller Elementary will at 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 such suggestions as soon as practicably possible by:
    1. Individual conferences with teacher
    2. Individual conferences with principal
    3. Individual conferences with reading specialist
    4. Individual conferences with members of the multidisciplinary team
    5. 5 Essentials Survey
    6. Preschool Parent Survey
  6. P.H. Miller Elementary will provide each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading by:
    1. KIDS results sent home
    2. ACCESS results sent home
  7. P.H. Miller Elementary will take the following actions to provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002) by:
    1. Written notification by the school.
  8. P.H. Miller Elementary will provide assistance to parents of children served by the school, as appropriate, in understanding topics by undertaking the actions described in this paragraph --
    1. the state’s academic content standards,
    2. the state’s student academic achievement standards,
    3. the state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
    4. the requirements of Part A,
    5. how to monitor their child’s progress, and
    6. how to work with educators
  9. The staff at P.H. Miller is committed to involving our parents in numerous activities that will keep them informed of their children’s progress and performance including, but not limited to:
    1. Kindergarten Parent Information Night to include compensation for kindergarten staff and related services (e.g., Reading Specialist, Social Worker, Diagnostic Teacher, Family Support Worker, etc.) to attend
    2. Kindergarten Orientation to include compensation for kindergarten staff and related services (e.g., Reading Specialist, Social Worker, Diagnostic Teacher, Family Support Worker, etc.) to attend
    3. Parent/teacher conferences on district scheduled days in the Fall and in the Spring
    4. Parent/teacher conferences throughout the year, as needed
    5. Parenting Perspectives Workshops (e.g., Preventing Power Struggles; Discipline That Works; Top 10 Tips for Raising Successful Kids; Homework without Tears, Battles, and Headaches; etc.) to include compensation for trainers, child care providers, and dinner for each event
    6. Curriculum nights
    7. Math and Reading parent workshops
    8. Newsletters to parents
    9. Assessment results sent home in a timely manner
    10. Parent Advisory Committee Meetings to include compensation child care providers and snacks for each event
    11. Large Group Parent Information Night
    12. Summer Parent Workshops for Literacy, Math, and SEL to include compensation for trainers, child care providers, and snacks for each event
  10. P.H. Miller Elementary will 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 involvement, by:
    1. Reading and Math Night
    2. Summer Parent Workshops for Literacy, Math, and SEL to include compensation for trainers, child care providers, and snacks for each event, as well as cost of materials for home use for each event
    3. Newsletter that includes literacy and math home strategy suggestions
    4. Summer math/literacy activity calendars
    5. Summer math/literacy activity packets
  11. P.H. Miller Elementary will, with the assistance of its 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:
    1. Parents as Teachers training for 2 staff members
    2. Appropriate literature in the teacher resource room
    3. Discussions at faculty meetings regarding outreach, parent involvement, etc.
    4. Participation of faculty members on the Parent Advisory Committee
    5. Family Involvement Spreadsheet to track participation of families
    6. Periodic updates of family involvement/participation from principal to faculty
    7. Ongoing communication between faculty and administration to encourage outreach to families to increase involvement
  12. P.H. Miller Elementary will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool, and other programs. The school will also conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by:
    1. Staff attend appropriate transition meetings from Early Intervention to Early Childhood, Preschool to Kindergarten
    2. Parents as Teachers individualized and small group instruction offered through PH Miller Preschool Program and Parent Resource Center
    3. Parents as Teachers Home Visiting for parents of preschool students
    4. Preschool for All and Preschool for All Expansion offered at P.H. Miller
    5. Playgroups for parents with children birth-5 who are not yet enrolled in the PH Miller Preschool program (e.g., children birth-3, children on the waiting list)
    6. Parent Resource Center with toy, book, and parent resource lending library
  13. P.H. Miller Elementary will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent-programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to 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:
    1. School communication will be sent to parents in both Spanish and English when appropriate
    2. Interpreters will be used during parent meetings to provide information to Spanish speaking parents
    3. Communication will be posted on the school website
    4. Social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) will be used as appropriate
    5. Appropriate attempts will be made to communicate orally and in writing with parents who speak a language other than English or Spanish

Part Three: Discretionary school parent involvement policy components

In consultation with parents, P.H. Miller Elementary School builds parents’ capacity for involvement in the school and school system to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following activities listed under section 1118(e) of the ESEA:

  • involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training;
  • providing necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if the school district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;
  • paying reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;
  • training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
  • arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children, arrange meetings with parents who are unable to attend conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education;
  • adopting and implementing model approaches to improving parental involvement;
  • establishing a school parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs;
  • developing appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parental involvement activities.

Part Four: Adoption

This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs.

This policy was adopted by the Plano Community Unit School District on June 18, 2018 and will be in effect for the period of one year. The school will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children via the online registration system, and will notify parents that the policy will be available on the district website on or before September 15th, 2018.

Laurel Mateyka, Principal


Authorized Official

June 8, 2018