Family Engagement Policy and School-Home Compact

Glen Forest Elementary School                                           

2019- 2020

Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact

Purpose of this Policy and Compact

Efforts will be made to clearly articulate the school’s intentions to engage with and involve parents/caregivers in the educational process.

Glen Forest Elementary is a Title I school within Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) and utilizes the Title I grant to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the FCPS Program of Studies and the Virginia Standards of Learning. A partnership with families is essential to meeting this goal.

Under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools that receive Title I funds are expected to collaborate with families to develop and maintain a parent and family engagement policy that describes the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning and includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.

Glen Forest Elementary jointly developed this policy and compact with members of the school community and adopted it for the 2019 - 2020 school year. A number of the provisions specifically address state or federal expectations for the policy and compact.

This policy and compact is distributed to all caregivers in a language that families can understand. Caregivers have opportunities to provide comments and feedback on the policy and compact through our Parent Liaisons. Comments are submitted with the school’s policy and compact to FCPS central offices and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). This policy and compact are made available to the broader school community through the school website.

Important Dates

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                                

November 5 & 6 and additional dates as needed

Progress Report Distribution

·November 12

·February 4

·April 21

·June 12

Back to School Picnic

Family Curriculum Nights

Family Workshops

Advanced Academics Information Meetings

International Night

Bingo Night

 

Building Capacity for Involvement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers are actively involved in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the school’s Title I program, including the following:

 

Provide family members a voice in decision-making on committees, such as SIIP and PTO Meetings.

Engage caregiver input when developing the School Innovation & Improvement Plan (SIIP), Title I Schoolwide Plan, the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Compact, and plans for use of Title I family engagement funding.

Seek feedback from families on programs within the Title I Schoolwide Plan, offer multiple methods for caregivers to submit comments about programs they may not find satisfactory, and submit any such comments with the Title I Schoolwide Plan to FCPS central offices.

Invite family members to help in organizing and executing a variety of school events to build collective ownership, such as being Room Parents and volunteers at our monthly Family Food Market, Book Fair, etc.

Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as in the library, cafeteria, on field trips and in classrooms.

Encourage families to take part in annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the division-level Title I parent and family engagement policy in order to identify:

barriers to greater family participation,

ways to help family members be better able to assist in student learning, and

strategies to support successful school and family interactions.

 

Effective Communication with Parents

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive meaningful communication in a timely manner, including the following:

Use multiple methods of communication to families such as phone calls, Keep in Touch, News You Choose weekly parent newsletters, grade level newsletters, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and school website.  Written information is provided in home languages whenever possible.

Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting as part of Back-to-School night to share information about Title I services, explain Title I grant requirements, and inform families of their right to be involved in the school.

Share school and student performance data with families in ways that seek their ideas about how to improve performance toward Virginia’s challenging academic standards, such as during the Back-to- School annual meeting, parent-teacher conferences, parent workshops, curriculum nights, and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meetings.

Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning by hosting family workshops.

Maintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as  parent-teacher emails/phone calls/conferences.

Provide ongoing feedback on student progress through quarterly progress reports that show specific areas of proficiency and areas for continued growth.

Hold parent-teacher conferences for all students at least annually in the fall and more often, as needed.

 

Shared Responsibilities for High Academic Achievement

Efforts will be made to ensure parents/caregivers receive materials, training, and benefits from school partnerships with social and academic services, community-based organizations, and businesses, including the following:

Hold workshops connecting caregivers to tools and resources, such as connecting parents to Advanced Academic Services, My On and Dream Box.

Offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming through family workshops.

Encourage participation in family learning events where caregivers learn strategies to support their child’s learning at home and have a chance to practice those strategies.

Provide ongoing access to resources in the school such as access to parent liaisons.

Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as the partnership with Capitol Area Food Bank, Homewood Suites by Hilton & Hampton Inn Alexandria/Pentagon South, KMPG, Lions Club and Rotary Club.

Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events, such as Homewood Suites by Hilton & Hampton Inn Alexandra/Pentagon South, KMPG, Lions Club and Rotary Club.

Support parents in accessing county and community resources, such as the Fairfax County departments of Health, Family Services, and Housing, and summer enrichment camps and programs, including scholarship opportunities.

Offer outreach and training for targeted families, such as Early Literacy and Family Literacy workshops. 

 

Welcoming All Families

Efforts will be made to ensure that all parents/caregivers are welcomed and provided opportunities to actively engage within the school, including the following:

Create a welcoming atmosphere at the school by honoring our cultural richness with a bilingual staff in the office.

Provide interpretation services for parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings.

Translate or provide interpretation of all school documents and communication to make them accessible in the caregiver’s preferred correspondence language and for those with vision or hearing impairments.

Support two-way communication between families and staff through assistance of a parent liaison for parent-teacher conferences, curriculum nights, and other school sponsored family events.

Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions through communications (written & phone calls) in our three primary languages and through the use of parent liaisons. 

Compact Provisions

School staff, parents/caregivers, and students must work together to ensure a student success.

 

School

We understand the importance of the school experience to every student and our role as educators in helping every child achieve. We agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of our ability:

Maintain a safe, positive & healthy school environment

Maintain regular and open communication with parents

Meet the individual needs of all students

 

Parent

I understand that my participation in my child’s education will help his/her achievement and attitude.

I will do my best to:

Encourage a positive attitude toward school

Provide a quiet place and the materials necessary for my children to complete their homework

Read to or with my child daily for at least 20 minutes

Check book bags every evening and respond to notices, teacher’s notes, and school forms

Ensure my child gets adequate sleep ( 9-11 hours)

Send my child to school daily and on time

 

Student

I realize that my education is important. I know I am responsible for my own success. 

I will do my best to:

Come to class daily, on time,  and ready to learn

Do my best and be a responsible student

Be a cooperative learner, participate and pay attention 

Complete class and homework assignment