Part One: General Expectations and Agreement to Statutory Requirements
The Plano CUSD #88 agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
- Operation of programs, activities and procedures for the involvement 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, including the process of school review and improvement under section 1116, will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
- Consistent with section 1118, will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
- Will incorporate this districtwide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
- In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, Plano CUSD #88 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, Plano CUSD #88 will submit any parent comments with the plan when Plano CUSD #88 submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
- 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 one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
- Will provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under section 1118 of the ESEA as the parents may request.
- Will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools 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;
- that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
- 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;
- the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
Part Two: Description of how Plano CUSD #88 will implement required district-wide parental involvement policy components.
- Plano CUSD #88 will involve parents in the joint development and review of its building/districtwide parental involvement plans under section 1118 of the ESEA.
- Plano CUSD #88 will provide necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
- Plano CUSD #88 will take actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement 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 involvement 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). Plano CUSD #88 will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents), its parental involvement policies.
- Plano CUSD #88 will build school and parent capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.
- Plano CUSD #88 will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by Plano CUSD #88 schools, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as State academic content standards, State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,requirements of Part A, how to monitor their child’s progress, and how to working with educators.
- Plano CUSD #88 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 involvement.
- Plano CUSD #88 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.
- Plano CUSD #88 will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with community partners. The district 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.
- Plano CUSD #88 will 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.
Part Three: Discretionary district-wide Parental Involvement Policy components
- Plano CUSD #88 will involving parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.
- Plano CUSD # 88 will provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds, if Plano CUSD #88 has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.
- Plano CUSD #88 will provide 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.
- Plano CUSD #88 will training parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
- Plano CUSD #88 will arrange 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.
- Plano CUSD #88 will establish a school/district-wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in Title I, Part A programs.
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 policy will be available to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children via the district website on or before September 15th, 2018.
Tracy Thurwanger, Ed.D., Director for Teaching-Learning
June 8, 2018