Coronado Parental Involvement Policy
Amarillo ISD 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 if school and home work together to promote high achievement for our children. Neither home nor school can do the job alone. Parents play an extremely important role as the children’s first teachers. Their support for their children and for the school is critical to the children’s success at every step along the way.
Grade level goals for the children of Coronado Elementary will be made available on the district website for all parents in the school. Our goal is for all students to achieve these goals. We recognize that some students may need extra assistance available through the Title 1 program as well as other interventions in order to reach these goals. Coronado Elementary intends to include parents in all aspects of the district Title 1 program. The goal is a school home partnership that will help all students in the school to succeed.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPING THE POLICY
An advisory committee consisting of parents, community members, teachers and administration will meet to develop our school’s Parental Involvement Policy and set yearly goals for the campus. The parent and community representative will be stakeholders in the residential area.
ANNUAL MEETING FOR TITLE 1 PARENTS
The annual discussion of the Title 1 program at Coronado will be held in conjunction with a Booster Club meeting in September or October. Parents will be given information about any changes to the Title 1 program. They will be given copies of the current Parental Involvement Policy and will be offered the opportunity to become involved in revising and updating the policy as needed. People may volunteer to serve on any of the committees that service the Title 1 program for the school. Translation will be made available to parents who request assistance. Notice of the meeting will be sent through writing, telephone calls and the school website to encourage as many parents as possible to attend. Funds will be made available to assist with transportation and/or child care when possible and as parents express a need for such services.
HOME SCHOOL COMPACTS
As a component of the campus level parental involvement policy, Coronado Elementary will develop and make available to parents of participating children a “Home School Compact.” This compact is designed to increase the sharing of responsibility between families and schools for the high performance of students.
*Parents and teachers as well as school administrators who will be responsible for carrying out the compact will participate in its development.
*Every effort will be made to provide the home school compact in a parent’s native language.
*Parents are urged to discuss the compact with their child before signatures are made.
Coronado Elementary Home School Compact will:
Be developed jointly with parents of participating students.
Describe responsibilities of the school and parents to improve student performance and the means by which to do so.
Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment.
Describe ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework, completion, volunteering in their child’s classroom, participating as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children, and encouraging positive use of extracurricular time.
Describe student responsibilities, which may vary by grade level.
Address the importance of establishing ongoing communication between teachers and parents.
MATCHING PROGRAMS TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY
Coronado Elementary will assess the needs of parents and children in this community. We will work together to tailor the Title 1 program to meet the student’s needs. Workshops and other programs will be available to match the identified needs. The school will notify parents of upcoming opportunities. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have questions or suggestions.
Communications with parents will include a general information newsletter on the Title 1 program at the beginning of the year. There will also be notices and activity packets sent home with children, phone calls, conferences and home visits as needed. Parents are encouraged to contact the child’s teacher with concerns or questions. The school will also make efforts to provide translators at conferences when possible and needed. Staff will receive annual training on home-school communication, and parents will be asked for input regarding these trainings.
There will be an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the Title 1 parental involvement program at Coronado Elementary and parents will be asked for their input. The evaluation will include an assessment of how much parental involvement is increasing and what barriers still need to be overcome.
Title 1 parent involvement policy at Coronado
Parents will be notified in writing that all students attending Coronado are in a Title 1 school. The packet will include a Coronado compact and a summary of Title 1 programs that will be offered during the school year. These will also be listed on the Campus Improvement Plan.
Parents will be notified by phone, writing, and/or website of meetings to review the campus progress and goals.
The compact will be given to all parents at the beginning of the school year and new students as they register. It describes how parents, school staff and students will share the responsibility for improving student achievement.
Early in the year, the campus will hold an Open House event. Information will be available about Title 1 programs at this meeting.
Coronado will provide an annual meeting to share with parents information about state testing and prior results. Coronado will also send home a state report card in January to show data about the school.
Parents will be invited to participate in spring and/or winter conferences that will give them the opportunity to discuss individual student progress with teachers.
Parents will be encouraged to visit the school for volunteer training and information, visit their child’s classes, assist with Booster Club functions and attend other meetings and events. The school will encourage parents to offer their ideas and suggestions to the staff.
Coronado will provide a family center that will help us connect with parents. This location will include handouts on parent training events and other tips for parents as well as information on the Title 1 programs offered at the school.
Communication on events and opportunities will be made available to parents by phone, notes and the website. Every effort will be made to communicate in a parent’s native language.
Efforts will be made to accommodate parents with disabilities, parents with varying work schedules and in the language used at home. Translators will be provided when possible.
Parent involvement activities will be fully integrated into the campus improvement plan for accountability.
1. Regular communication with parents: Regular communication will include:
Parent and student handbook
Annual school calendar
Special event/reminders and notices
Open House nights
Booster Club Meetings
School Web Site
2. Parent Trainings and information
Information will be included on the Parent Table by the front office.
Region 16 trainings
Open House Night
3. Ongoing Assessment of Parent Involvement Activities:
District parent survey
Parent sign in sheets
Signed Coronado Compacts
Documentation of Parent-Teacher conferences
Professional development for staff regarding how to work with parents
Full realization of the partnership will be achieved through the on-going commitment and active participation by both home and school.