2023 - 2024 Parent and Family Engagement Policy/Plan and Procedures

  • Prairie Elementary is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child in this district. To this end, we want to establish partnerships with parents and with the community. Everyone gains when school and home work together to promote high achievement by students. Neither home nor school can do the job alone. Parents play an extremely important role as a child’s first teacher. Parental support for student and school is critical to a child’s success at every step along the way.

    Prairie Elementary recognizes that some students may need the extra assistance available through the Title I program to reach the state’s high academic standards. Prairie Elementary intends to include parents in all aspects of the school’s Title I program. The goal is a school-home partnership that will help all students to succeed.

    PART I SCHOOL PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY REQUIRED COMPONENTS

    Prairie Elementary Title 1 will:

    A.  Jointly develop/revise with parents the school parental involvement policy/procedures and distribute it to parents of participating children. The school will also make available the parent involvement policy/procedures to the local community.

    The Prairie Title 1 Program will:

    • Create a Parent Advisory Committee.  Interested parents will be invited to join at the Annual Meeting and during fall conferences.
    • The Parent Advisory Committee will review the Title 1 program documents and recommend changes as necessary.
    • All families will have access to new Title 1 documents by November 3, 2023.

    B.  Convene meetings, at a convenient times, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend. The purpose of these meetings will be to inform parents of their school’s participation in the Title 1 program and to explain the requirements and rights of the parents to be involved.

    The Prairie Title 1 Program will:

    • Schedule an Annual Title 1 Meeting.  This year’s meeting:  During Conferences (see below).
    • Schedule two Title 1 Open Houses on two consecutive evenings during fall and spring conferences.  The Open Houses are scheduled for Fall Conferences, November 20, 12:00-7:00 and November 21, 12:00-5:00 then again during Spring Conferences, March 27, 12:00-7:00 and March 28, 12:00-5:00.

    C.   Provide parents of participating children with:

    a.   Timely information about the Title 1 program.

    • Families will have access to revised plans by November 3, 2023.

    b.  A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

    • This information will be given at the two Open House nights in the fall and spring.

    c.   Parents may request a meeting to formulate suggestions and participate in decisions relating to the education of their children, as appropriate.

    • Parents will be provided with contact information for Title 1 instructor.

     

    PART II REQUIRED SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

    Prairie Elementary Title 1 Program will take on a shared responsibility for high student academic achievement with the families that it serves by:

    A. Conducting a parent/teacher conference.

    B. Providing frequent reports to parents on their child’s progress.

    C. Providing parents with reasonable access to staff and opportunities to volunteer.

    PART III BUILDING CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS FOR INVOLVEMENT

    To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school and families, Prairie Elementary Title 1 program will:

    A.  Provide assistance to the parents of children served by Title 1, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the state’s academic standards, state and district assessments, and how to monitor their child’s progress.  As well as, how to work with staff to improve the achievement of their child.

    B.  Upon request, provide materials and training to help parents work with their child to improve their child’s achievement.  

    C.  When feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with the Learning Assistance Program.

    D.  Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format, and to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand.

    E.  May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.

    F.  May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.

    G. May establish a district parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section.

    H.  May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities.

    PART IV ACCESSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    In carrying out the parental involvement requirements the school shall provide opportunities for the participation of parents with migratory children as well as parents of children with limited English proficiency or disabilities. This includes providing information in a format, and to the extent practical, in a language that parents can understand.

    PART V UNRESOLVABLE COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

    Upon exhausting all avenues of reasonable conflict resolution with the school, parents have the right to lodge a formal complaint with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction by accessing the complaint procedures document at https://www.k12.wa.us/policy-funding/grants-grant-management/closing-educational-achievement-gaps-title-i-part/citizen-complaints-federal-programs

    PART VI- ADOPTION

    The Parent Involvement Policy was revised by Prairie Title 1, Part A Parent Advisory Committee on October 2, 2023 and will be in effect for the 2023-24 school year. This Parent Involvement Policy will be available to all parents in our school after 11/3/23.