School: Roaring River Elementary School
Date Submitted: October 10, 2023
Describe your plan to involve parents in the development of this policy and how you intend to document their participation and feedback.
The Title 1 Parental Involvement Policy is developed based on feedback and support from stakeholders. The School Leadership Team collaborates with the PTO executive team and the Parent Advisory Team to create the plan and discuss ways to share and seek feedback from parents. RRES parent representatives are invited to attend meetings of the School Leadership Team and WCS District Parent Advisory Team. Meetings are documented with agendas, sign-in sheets, and minutes.
At the start of the school year, RRES will meet with parents for our annual Title 1 meeting. In August, teachers will contact parents by phone or ClassDojo to schedule individual family conferences at a time that is convenient for parents. During these meetings, we will discuss: our Title 1 school status, the rights of Title 1 parents, the Parent and Family Engagement Plan, our curriculum and academic standards, assessments, and grade level expectations. We will share details about our annual Title 1 plan, offer suggestions for how to be more engaged, and provide opportunities to sign up to participate on the parent advisory team and become a volunteer. We will solicit specific feedback on our implementation of the Parent & Family Engagement Plan and will review family compacts.
These meetings will be offered throughout the day and evenings across a series of days and after working hours for the convenience of stakeholders. Some meetings may be held virtually when requested. All information will be provided in a language and format understandable to families, and interpreters will be available for support and clarification during these meetings. Each meeting will be documented with an agenda and sign-in sheet.
Shared Responsibility for High Student Academic Achievement
Describe your plan to develop your school compact and gain meaningful collaboration with families.
The school-parent compact is a communication tool to support achievement for parents, staff, and students. The compact is an agreement on how each person will support the other in ensuring that the student is successful. Our school leadership team solicits feedback from parents and discusses and revises the compact annually in collaboration with the parent advisory team and PTO officers. The parent/student handbook, the Parent and Family Engagement Plan, and other documentation will be reviewed during our first parent advisory team meeting. Teachers will discuss the school compact, agreements, and expectations during conferences with families. The final draft will be in our parent/student handbook along with acknowledgment pages. We maintain an open-door policy throughout the year, and parents are welcome to visit classrooms and the school for collaboration.
RRES values the participation of all parents. Teachers will communicate with weekly updates (in a translatable format via Dojo) to help parents stay informed of activities and events and access materials for use at home. In addition, RRES holds regular parent conferences each quarter and at any time when requested by families. Conference invitations are shared in formats that are accessible to all families.
Building Capacity for Involvement
Describe how your school will provide programs to assist parents in building capacity to be involved in their child’s education.
We invite all parents to family night events at least four times each year during the evening. During these events, we review current progress, listen to feedback, discuss curriculum and school happenings, provide opportunities for parent engagement, help parents know how to help with academics at home, offer student demonstrations and performances, and provide connections with our PTO. Interpreters will be available for these events. This year, these events are planned for the following dates:
- August 24-26 2023 - School visits with individual family meetings scheduled with the teacher
- October 20, 2023 - PTO Fall Festival
- October 24, 2023 - PTO Family Night: Terrific Kids
- January 11, 2024 - PTO Family Night: Terrific Kids & focus on Science and performances by 4th and 5th grades
- March 28, 2024 - PTO Family Night: Terrific Kids & focus on Reading and performances by 2nd and 3rd grades
- April 18, 2024- PTO Family Night: Terrific Kids & focus on Math & performances by K and 1st grades
Our school leadership team meets monthly, the parent advisory team meets once each quarter, and our PTO executive team meets eight times each year. Invitations to these meetings will be posted on our website, weekly newsletters, and ClassDojo to encourage participation from all families. In addition, RRES will conduct parent conferences throughout the year at times that are convenient to families. Interpreters will be available for these meetings when needed.
Describe how you plan to make all of these programs accessible to all of the parents at your school.
We communicate with all parents through a variety of ways - phone calls via School Messenger, weekly updates via Smore (translatable), written invitations, and digital invitations on the school website, ClassDojo, Instagram, and Facebook. Our ClassDojo and Facebook pages provide two-way communication via messaging. Each teacher has a ClassDojo account and encourages all families to connect for direct messaging. All of our digital platforms provide accessibility and can be translated into many languages. In addition, written invitations and weekly phone calls home are shared in English and Spanish (our primary second language). Our school webpage is ADA-compliant and provides access to the visually impaired population. RRES has an interpreter who attends school meetings, makes phone calls, and is available as needed.
Describe how your Title I Parent and Family Engagement funds will be used to support these efforts.
We will use Title 1 funds to secure school/home folders for two-way communication and to provide family hang tags for safe, easy access to our campus. We also use Title 1 funds to enrich and enhance students' learning by securing instructional materials, purchasing software and supplies, purchasing computer equipment, providing professional development, and employing additional staff.
The RRES School Leadership Team, the Parent Advisory Team, and the PTO Advisory group jointly developed this document. Meetings with our parents are documented with agendas, sign-in sheets, and minutes. For copies of any of the described documentation, please contact Danielle Dowell, Principal, or Brooke Sturdivant, Title 1 Coordinator, at 336-696-4628.