In collaboration with parents, Esperanza Elementary has created a Parent Involvement Policy which includes activities as outlined in section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA). In accordance with this policy, Esperanza Elementary agrees to:
· Convene an annual meeting to explain the Title I program to parents and inform them of their right to be involved in the program;
· Offer a flexible number of meetings, to meet parent’s needs. Title I funds, may be used to pay related expenses such as child care;
· Provide timely information about its Title I programs to parents, describe the curricula, the student assessments and proficiency levels students are expected to meet, provide opportunities for regular meetings, respond promptly to parent suggestions, and offer child care at the school during such meetings; and
In order to build capacity for involvement, the Esperanza Elementary staff will:
· Provide assistance to parents in understanding the Common Core Standards.
· Esperanza Elementary will also offer assistance on information about state and local assessments, the requirements of this act and how to monitor their child’s progress. Esperanza Elementary staff members will also provide parents with information as to how they can work with educators to improve the performance of their children and information as to how they can participate in decisions relating to the education of their children. This information will be shared at the annual meeting mentioned as well as in newsletters and on the web site.
· Esperanza Elementary will provide materials and trainings to help parents work with their children to improve achievement. Materials will be distributed throughout the year by way of e-mail, written notices and/or pamphlets.
· Esperanza Elementary will educate all staff members regarding the value of parent involvement and the positive impact it has on student achievement and in understanding how to utilize parents as equal partners.
· Esperanza Elementary will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the home of participating children in the language used in homes.
· Esperanza Elementary will provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request. They will take suggestions from parents by e-mail, verbally, or in written form.
· To the extent that is practical, Esperanza Elementary will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency or with disabilities, including providing information and school profiles in a language and format that parents understand.