1900 - Parent and Family Engagement

Adoption Date: 12/9/1999, Revised: 7/11/2013; 02/09/2017 
Reviewed: 07/08/2021
1000 - Community Relations

1900 Parent and Family Engagement

The Board of Education believes that positive parent and family engagement is essential to student achievement, and thus encourages such involvement in school educational planning and operations. Parent and family engagement may take place either in the classroom or during extra-curricular activities. However, the Board also encourages parent and family engagement at home (e.g., planned home reading time, informal learning activities, and/or homework "contracts" between parents, family members and children).  The Board directs the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee to develop a home-school communications program in an effort to encourage all forms of parent and family engagement.

Title I Parent and Family Engagement – District Level Policy

Consistent with the parent and family engagement goals of Title I, Part A of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and its reauthorization in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Board of Education will develop and implement programs, activities and procedures that encourage and support the participation of parents and family members of students eligible for Title I services in all aspects of their child’s education. The Board will also ensure that all of its schools receiving Title I, Part A funds develop and implement school level parent and family engagement procedures, as further required by federal law.

For purposes of this policy, parental involvement refers to the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.

At a minimum, parent and family engagement programs, activities and procedures at both the District and individual school level must ensure that parents and family members:

  • Play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
  • Are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; and
  • 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 federal definition of the term “parents” refers to a natural parent, legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the child’s welfare).

District and school level Title I parent and family engagement programs, activities and procedures will provide opportunities for the informed participation of parents and family members including those who have limited English proficiency, parent and family members with disabilities, and parents and family members of migratory children.

As further required by federal law, parents and family members of students eligible for Title I services will be provided an opportunity to participate in the development of the District’s Title I plan, and to submit comments regarding any aspect of the plan that is not satisfactory to them. Their comments will be forwarded with the plan to the State Education Department.

Parents and family members also will participate in the process for developing either a comprehensive or targeted “support and improvement plan” when the school their child attends is identified by the State as needing this plan.

Parent and family member participation in development of District-wide Title I plan

The Board, along with its Superintendent of Schools and other appropriate District staff will undertake the following actions to ensure parent and family member involvement in the development of the District-wide Title I plan:

  • Building level shared decision making committees will work on the development of the Title I plan each spring;
  • On topics as needed, District-wide survey soliciting parent feedback will be distributed via the District listserv;
  • Parents will provide feedback through the District’s shared decision making committees;
  • Parent meeting times will be determined by the shared decision making teams through a consensus process; and
  • Meetings will be held in respective building.

Development of school level parent and family engagement approaches

The Superintendent of Schools will ensure that all District schools receiving federal financial assistance under Title I, Part A are provided coordination, technical assistance and all other support necessary to assist them in planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement programs and activities that improve student achievement and school performance. As appropriate to meet individual local needs, the superintendent will:

  • Support building capacity for parental involvement;
  • Coordinate parental involvement strategies; and
  • Review the District wide parent and family engagement policy annually.

Building capacity for parental involvement

To build parent capacity for strong parental involvement to improve their child’s academic achievement, the District and its Title I, Part A schools will, at a minimum:

  1. Assist parents in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content and standards, state and local academic assessments, Title I requirements, how to monitor their child’s progress and how to work with educators to improve the achievement of their child.  To achieve this objective, the District and its Title I schools will:
  • communicate, via monthly newsletters, information regarding learning experiences and strategies for supporting students at home;
  • communicate academic progress in a consistent manner. Elementary schools will provide trimester progress reports and two annual parent conference days. Secondary school will provide either a progress monitoring and/or progress report every ten weeks;
  • provide quarterly reports to those students receiving additional support services;
  • utilize parent volunteers to support instruction, extra activities and specific events throughout the school year; and
  • provide parents of secondary students access to a live parent portal that includes up to date attendance, discipline and academic achievement data.
     
  1. Provide materials and training to help parents work to improve their child’s academic achievement such as literacy training and using technology (including education about the harms of copyright piracy).  To achieve this objective, the District and its Title I schools will:
  • provide leveled text and or extra copies/textbooks of educational materials;
  • provide curriculum information on the District website;
  • provide curriculum and instructional forums in collaboration with parent groups; and
  • provide literacy programs that encourage daily reading and the use of school and/or public libraries.

    3. Educate its teachers,  specialized instructional support personnel, principals and other school leaders, and other
        staff, with the assistance of parents, in understanding the value and utility of a parent’s contributions and on
        how to:

  • reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners;
  • implement and coordinate parent programs; and
  • build ties between parents and the schools.

To achieve this objective, the District and its Title I schools will:

  • provide yearly shared decision making training; and
  • meet regularly with members of Partners in Education (PIE), Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and Victor’s Outreach in Children’s Education (VOICE) to seek feedback.
  1. Ensure that information related to school and parent-related programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the parents of children participating in Title I programs in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats, upon request, and to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

Coordination of parental involvement strategies

The District will coordinate and integrate strategies adopted to comply with Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements with parental involvement strategies adopted in connection with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool programs.

Review of the District-wide parental involvement policy

The Board, along with the Superintendent of Schools and other appropriate staff will conduct, with the meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of Title I schools, including the identification of barriers to greater participation by parents in activities under this policy, and the revision of parent and family engagement policies necessary for more effective involvement.  To facilitate this review, the District will conduct the following activities:

  • gather feedback from shared-decision making groups and Title I parents/guardians; and
  • use the Board of Education’s policy review process to review this policy annually.

Policy References:
20 USC §6318(a)(2), No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (§1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
8 NYCRR §§100.3(b)(3); 100.4(f); 100.5(d)(4); 149.3(16) 
U.S. Department of Education, Parental Involvement, Title I, Part A, Non-Regulatory Guidance, April 23, 2004