Parent and Family Engagement Policy

  • ROGER R. BELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Title I Schoolwide School

    PARENT and FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY

    2017-2018

     

    The staff at Roger R. Bell Elementary School believes educating our children should be a continuous collaboration between the home, school, and the community. To ensure parent and family engagement in the planning and implementation of the Title I program, the following activities will be implemented at Roger R. Bell Elementary School.

    Written Policy

    Roger R. Bell Elementary School staff members, parents and families will jointly develop a written Parent and Family Engagement Policy to be distributed annually to parents and families of all children. This document will be distributed to parents and families in the RBE Student Handbook and at intake meetings for new students. Review of the policy will occur annually at the Spring Meeting with opportunities for input at the school throughout the spring.

    Opportunities for Regular Public Meetings

    Annual Fall Meeting and Annual Spring Meetings will be held at Roger Bell Elementary.

    An Annual Fall Meeting will be held in conjunction with “Open House” to

    • Inform parents and families about the school’s facilities and its Title I Schoolwide designation.
    • Inform parents and families of summary results of the prior year’s EOG testing, if available.
    • Provide parents and families with an overview of the Title I Program.
    • Provide parents and families with information concerning parent and family engagement requirements, assessment data, school performance profiles, and forms or methods of measuring students’ progress.

    The Annual Spring Meeting will be held in conjunction with “Transitioning to the Next Grade”

    • To evaluate and/or make improvements on current program or upcoming activities.
    • To solicit input from parents and families in the design and implementation of the School Improvement Plan and the Parent and Family Engagement Policy for the upcoming year.
    • To share over-all preliminary EOG results, if available, and alert parents and families that individual reports, if available, will be sent home at the end of the year in report cards.

    Regular Title I Parenting Meetings

    Title I Parenting Meetings will be held during the school year, usually at night, to provide continued information, support and resources for all parents and families. Examples include Reading Parent and Family Night and Math Parent and Family Night. Flexible times, childcare, and transportation will be provided as needed. Parents and families will be strongly encouraged to attend other school events and conferences, volunteer in classroom activities, and observe in the Title I program.

    Training Opportunities

    Training topics are determined by our needs assessment data and parent and family suggestions. Meetings will be scheduled on a regular basis.

    • Reading and math training events will each be held during the year between the Annual Fall Meeting and Annual Spring Meeting dates so teachers can
      • Explain state standards in curriculum and recent assessments.
      • Provide strategies to improve student achievement.
      • Explain ways to monitor student progress, such as weekly folders, progress reports, report cards, phone communication, and conferences.
    • Parents and families will be notified in advance of the scheduled activities.
    • Parents and families may request additional meetings with staff members to address questions or comments.
    • Instructional plans and assessment information will also be communicated to parents and families through newsletters, weekly planners, and teacher websites.
    • Materials available for parent and family information and use with their children will be available in the Parent and Family Resource Center. This Center is located in the foyer of room 227 which is the last door on the right in the main hallway (across from the water fountain). The materials in this Center are available for circulation through a check-out and return log folder located with the resources.

            

    Coordination with Other Programs

    We will meet our goals of establishing liaisons and maintaining communication with other school programs and other related external agencies and organizations through collaboration and coordination with individuals in those groups and through the following actions:

    • Notifying parents and families of assistance from outside agencies, such as the public library, food banks, Salvation Army, church programs for assistance, recreation/sports/arts opportunities, Boy and Girl Scouts, Toys for Tots, and summer programs.
    • Inviting participation by adults from the community into school assemblies and programs, such as our Veterans’ Day, Black History, and College Week assemblies and our Careers on the Move program.
    • Enabling distribution of food donated by a local United Methodist Church group, Backpack Buddies, supervised by our guidance counselor. The backpacks are provided by Carteret-Craven Electric Membership Corporation.
    • Supplying transportation and guidance counselor supervision for students who qualify for new sneakers at Foot Locker in New Bern through the Rotary Club.
    • Supporting participation in school events sponsored by the library/media center, art, music, and physical education teachers at our school.
    • Hosting Clinical Teacher Interns and Clinical Nursing students from East Carolina University, as available, in our classrooms and school to help prepare them as highly qualified teachers and nurses.
    • Receiving Marines from a squadron stationed at Cherry Point as mentors for students identified by staff and guidance counselor.
    • Accessing services, as needed, through the Crisis Center in New Bern, Craven County Schools, Coastal Community Action, Inc., Smart Start, and MCCS Children and Youth Program.
    • Supporting the work of the Military Student Liaison for the 2017-2018 school year
    • Hosting the Craven County Health Department’s Smile Mobile annually to provide basic dental services to students in need

    Opportunities for LEP and SWD Parents

    Once a need is identified, we will attempt to assist parents and families with limited English proficiency and parents and families with disabilities in the opportunity to participate in their children’s educational curriculum and environment.

    • Spanish versions of district forms, as well as “Reading Connection” and “Math and Science Connection” will be provided through Federal Programs at Central Services.
    • The ECP department provides Spanish versions of all forms and documents.
    • All parents will be invited to participate on school committees, including our Parent Council and Cabinet.

    Student-Teacher-Parent Contracts

    The Student-Teacher-Parent Contracts, a voluntary agreement between home and school, will

    • Be reviewed through the Parent Council and School Improvement Team in the spring of each year, or earlier, for suggestions for improvement.
    • Be distributed at the beginning of each school year and at intake meetings as new students enroll.
    • Define goals, expectations, and shared responsibilities of all parties,
    • Identify parents and families as equal partners with the school for student learning.
    • Be discussed and signed at Open House in Grades 1-5 and during Kindergarten Orientation for that grade level.
    • Be posted in each classroom.

    Signed Contracts:

    • Parents and families will keep the pink copy of the signed contract.
    • Teachers will keep the white copy for each student to be housed in the classroom and referenced during student/teacher/parent conferences throughout the year. Signature spaces for documentation are located at on each Contract.
    • Title I will keep the yellow copy for documentation.

    Parent Advisory Council

    A school Parent Council will:

    • Be comprised of PTA Board members and parent volunteers, along with Title I staff.
    • Be formed in the spring of each year to help with all aspects of the schoolwide project for the following year.
    • Serve as a liaison between home, school, and the community.
    • Meet periodically throughout the year.

    Opportunities for input will be included

    • At Open House
    • At Title I Parenting Trainings
    • At Parent Council meetings
    • At intake meetings for new students.
    • Through the school website with links to individual teachers (currently at www.rogerbellelementary.weebly.com but to be updated from a Craven County Schools link before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.)

    Educating the School Personnel

    • The HUG Volunteer Coordinator will be invited to speak at one of the first staff meetings to explain the program and how teachers can help.
    • There will be a HUG Moment scheduled in staff meetings so teachers can share the effective ways volunteers are making a difference in their classrooms.
    • The HUG Coordinator will designate a time for volunteer training before parents/families begin volunteering.

    Coordination and Integrating Parent Involvement

    At Roger R. Bell Elementary School, we coordinate our programs and activities with the following staff and programs to support parent and family participation in the education of their children.

    • Head Start
    • English Language Learners/ESL district leaders
    • School nurse, counselor, military liaison, social worker
    • RBE Parent Teacher Association or organization
    • Public preschool (through the district Title I office)
    • Godette Head Start
    • Parent and Family Resource Center
    • Craven County Schools/Preschool Information meeting in the winter

    Revised 6.9.17

    Parent and family input on the Parent and Family Engagement Policy and on the Student-Teacher-Parent Contract was requested at Annual Spring Meeting/Transitioning to the Next Grade event on 5.9.17, at the Parent Council meeting 5.9.17, and on a poster published from 5.9.17 through 6.9.17 in the main entrance of the building for all staff, parents and families to provide comments or suggestions. Input on the Parent and Family Engagement Policy was also solicited on the back of the Annual Spring Meeting and Transitioning to the Next Grade notice for 5.9.17 sent home with every student in grades K-5 to parents and families.

Student/Teacher/ Parent Contract