Family and Community Engagement Plan
Central Elementary School
I. For the 2005-06 Family and Community Advisory Council all parents/guardians received an explanation letter of the intent of the law for the policy and were given an opportunity to serve on the committee and/or to reply with comments. Thirty-two responded with comments, thirty-four expressed an interest to serve on the committee with ten parents attending one of the four meetings. Continued dialog on revision of the plan will continue with parent committee this school year until finalized. Yearly review for revision will be ongoing in order to evaluate for barriers to parent participation and other noted parent concerns along with additional guidelines for compliance with No Child Left Behind Law, the Tennessee Department of Education, and the Family and Community Involvement Policy as adopted by the local Board of Education. The Family and Community Involvement Committee will periodically review the plan as to how the plan is meeting the changing needs of parents and the schools’ demographics. Information will be made available in alternate format including other languages, Braille, auditory tapes, etc. when needed.
A. Yearly questionnaires will be used by the committee to obtain parental suggestions and comments for improvements and for evaluations of ongoing programs. Survey results will be used annually to measure progress along with the school’s report card for academic improvement. All incoming data and information will be used for updating and designing effective parental involvement strategies. The Parental Involvement Committee will be responsible for updating the school Family and Community Involvement Plan, the Compact and for planning and the implementation of programs and activities that encourage greater participation by parents of all backgrounds.
B. Copies of the plan and compact will be placed in school handbooks, the principal’s office, and will be on the website 2005-06 school year. Comments by parents of participating children concerning dissatisfaction with the Family and Community Engagement School Plan will be submitted to the state.
II. Central Elementary will provide meetings/activities/workshops at different times during the day, early afternoon or night and provide baby-sitting services if needed with schools providing reasonable support for parental involvement activities. Ongoing activities are as follows:
A. Central Elementary will convene an annual school wide meeting in the fall to which all parents will be invited and encouraged to attend. At this meeting the goal of improving student academic achievement and school performance will be emphasized along with the parents’ rights to be involved. Copies of the Family and Community Engagement Plan(s), (Systemwide and School) will be distributed. The Compact will be discussed with appropriate signings. At that time other activities planned for effective parent involvement will be discussed with comments and inputs from parents welcomed and implemented if possible.
B. A minimum of two parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled per year in addition to progress reports issued to parents each 4 ½ weeks
C. The Parental Involvement Coordinator will meet continually throughout
the year with all school contact persons to provide technical assistance to promote and implement parental involvement through training sessions, meetings, and workshops such as: TCAP Training, Coordinator for Technical Workshops for Websites, Character Counts and Red Ribbon Week
D. Reading Night each Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:00 with parents. AR program available for testing if choose to use it.
III. In order to meet the following No Child Left Behind requirements, (procedure for parents to learn the course of study for their children and assessments used, to have access to learning material and to make parents aware of strategies for improving homework, attendance and discipline), websites have been set up for all teachers and administrators. Assessments will be administered for evaluation and changes.
A.Technical workshops are being offered at different times during the day, early afternoon and/or night for training in accessing and using this information. These workshops will be ongoing using Title II D and Extended Contract funds that will involve both the parent and his/her child starting this fall. Babysitting services if needed will be provided along with reasonable support as requested. Ways of helping parents to become more involved to a greater extent in their children’s learning in helping with homework, improving attendance and understanding and reinforcing discipline will be included in the workshops.
B. Classroom and school polices concerning attendance, discipline, and homework are sent home in the handbook at the beginning of the school year for return with parent’s signature. In addition the following strategies with be stressed with parents with suggestions welcomed for further improvement:
- Drawing for nice gifts at the end of each semester
- Counseling sessions with counselor for habitual absentees
- Calls and letters to parents prior to 10 day filing of truancy
- Last 40 minutes of each school day used for homework and for remediation if needed
- Extended contract before and after school tutoring for all grades
- Peace and Harmony Program 25 days (No fights to the Office) Treats for K-5
- Character Counts prepared by counselor, implemented through teachers daily
- 1st Monday night each semester meetings with parents and child’ homeroom teacher for reviewing both academic and behavior expectations
III. Parent meetings and workshops along with notification of access to web for all schools will be sent home with newsletters. The school website can be located at www.hrbedu.org with links to individual schools and teachers in late fall of 2005.
In addition schools are to:
A. Respond in a timely manner to all suggestions or requests for meetings
B. Provide for all parents before and after school tutoring schedules on the website and in handbooks at the beginning of school year with teachers’ schedules and other information to follow home and on the web as soon as available.