Family and Community Engagement Plan for District
Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District
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 plan 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 with interested parents will continue this school year until revisions of the plan is finalized. Yearly review will be ongoing in order to evaluate for barriers to parent participation that will be addressed in order to be in compliance with No Child Left Behind Law, the Tennessee Department of Education guidelines, and parental policy as adopted by the local Board of Education. The plan will be updated periodically with both parent and community input to meet 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. The following will be ongoing:
A. Questionnaires will be used to obtain parental suggestions and comments for improvements and for evaluations of ongoing programs. Surveys results will be used annually to measure progress. All incoming data and information will be used for updating and designing effective strategies for parental involvement. The council will be responsible for evaluating and updating programs and plan and for identifying any and all barriers that may be a hindrance toward greater participation by parents of all backgrounds.
B. Copies of the plan will be placed in schools’ handbooks, the principals’ offices, and on the website this school year. Comments by parents of participating children concerning dissatisfaction with the Family and Community Engagement Plan will be submitted to the state.
C. The Parental Involvement Coordinator will meet continually throughout the year with all school contact persons in order to build the schools’ capacity in providing technical assistance to promote and implement parental involvement through training sessions, meetings, and workshops. The elementary principal meets with Head Start and preschool parents and staff monthly.
II. The schools will convene annual school wide meetings 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 the parents’ rights to be involved. A copy of the Family and Community Engagement Plan and Compact will be distributed. At that time other activities planned for effective parent involvement will be discussed with comments and inputs from parents welcomed. Other activities include:
- A minimum of two parent-teacher conferences scheduled per year in addition to progress reports each 4 ½ weeks
- Offer meetings/workshops in both schools as stated in Action Plans 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 as requested
III. In order to meet the No Child Left Behind teacher websites will link to individual grade/teacher curriculum (courses of study) with benchmarks for progress, academic assessment measures and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet yearly. Technical workshops for training in accessing and using this information will be ongoing for the parent and his/her child at workshops starting this fall. Other ways of helping parents to become more involved to a greater extent in their children’s learning will be included in the workshops. Technical workshops will:
A. Describes and explains the curriculum and learning materials used at each school, grade level and subject content
B. Discuss and share the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress
C. Provide for parents the benchmark or proficiency levels and expectations in all subjects
D. Teach parents techniques for helping their children in reaching academic goals/expectations
IV. 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. Individual schools’ handbooks will include some strategies for attendance, discipline and homework. Notification of access to web at all schools and at Carroll County Library will be Discussed and placed in the 2006-07 handbooks. The school website can be located at www.hrb.k12.tn.us with links to individual schools and teachers in late fall of 2005. Schools will be incorporating parents suggestions in improving attendance, homework completion and for improved conduct of students where feasible and if not, sending suggestions to the state along with the plan. In addition schools are:
A. Providing for all parents 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.
B. Schools will continue to use notification of discipline and attendance problems first through phone calls and then with follow-up letters if not corrected.