505.08 Parent and Family Engagement
Parent and family engagement is an important component in a student’s success in school. The Board encourages parents and families to become involved in their child’s education to ensure the child’s academic success. Therefore, the Board will:
(1) Involve parents and families in the development of the Title I plan, the process for District review of the plan and the process for improvement by utilizing the School Improvement Advisory Council (SIAC) to provide information and input;
(2) Provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist and build the capacity of all participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance by planning and engaging in an annual Title I family night for students and families receiving Title I services, as well as ensure Title I teachers meeting with families during conferences in the fall and spring;
(3) To the extent feasible, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies under Title I with parent and family engagement strategies outlined in other relevant Federal, State, and local laws and programs by creating opportunities for families to learn strategies to support the education of their child in multiple areas of the education program (e.g., reading, math, English Language Learners). Each Title I School in the Ankeny Community School District will send home and encourage parents and families to sign a “Parent-School-Learner Compact.” This document reinforces important principles for the involvement of parents and families, students, and teachers in the educational development of all children. The compact will be translated into additional languages, as necessary to meet the needs of students and families.
(4) Conduct with the involvement of parents and families, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of the school served including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents and families in Title I activities (with particular attention to low-income parents and families, Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents and families, parents and families of any racial or ethinic minority, parents or family members with disabilities and parents or family members with low literacy); needs of parents and families to assist their childrens’ learning; and strategies to support successful school and family interactions by conducting a survey of parents and families who utilize Title I services. The survey data will be utilized to inform Title I programming and policy update recommendations;
(5) Use the findings of the annual evaluation to design strategies for more effective parent and family engagement and to revise, as necessary, the parent and family engagement policies by utilizing survey data to inform Title I programming.
(6) Involve parents and families in Title I activities by planning and engaging in an annual Title I family night for students and families receiving Title I services, encouraging families to attend school community events that increase connections between families and the school, and ensure Title I teachers meet with parents and families during conferences in the fall and spring.
The Board will review this policy annually. The Superintendent/designee is responsible for notifying parents of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
20 U.S.C. §6318
1003.40 School Improvement Advisory Council (SIAC)
1004.30 Visitors to District Buildings & Sites
December 21, 2009