Family Engagement Policy and School-Home Compact

Glen Forest Elementary School                                           

2018-2019

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 2018-2019 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

·additional dates, as needed

Progress Report Distribution

·November 13

·February 5

·April 23

·June 13

School Events

·Back to School Night and Annual Meeting: August 27th

·Partners in Print/Literacy Night

·Family Math Night

·Family Workshops

·Advanced Academics Information Meetings

·International Night

·Bingo Night

·Movie Night

·Science 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:

 

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

àEngage 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.

àSeek 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.

àInvite 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.

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

àEncourage 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:

àbarriers to greater family participation,

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

àstrategies 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:

 

àUse 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.

àEncourage 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.

àShare 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.

àProvide 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.

àMaintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as Blackboard 24/7 and through parent-teacher emails/phone calls/conferences.

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

àHold 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:

 

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

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

àEncourage 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 with their child,such as Partners in Print, Family Math Night, and workshops on how to use Dream Box at home.

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

àProvide mentors for students though Department of Justice Mentors and staff members. 

àProvide 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.

àLeverage 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.

àSupport 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.

àOffer 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:

 

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

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

àTranslate 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.

àSupport 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.

àExpand 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.

 

The staff will:

Provide a high-quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to meet challenging academic standard through the following actions:

àTeach all students according to the state’s challenging standards, using approved curriculum resources.

àProvide ongoing professional development and support to all teachers to ensure effective instructional practices are used in all classrooms.

Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:

àProvide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.

àOffer a variety of resources to help students with their learning.

àMeet the individual needs of all students.

àMaintain a safe, positive and healthy school environment

Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:

àHold an annual meeting to present information on the school’s Title I programs, state and division curriculum and assessments, and the school’s state and federal accountability status.

àProvide multiple opportunities for caregivers to ask questions and give input into the Title I programs.

Build caregivers’ involvement in the school’s Title I program through the following actions:

àInclude caregivers as members of the School Improvement Planning (SIP) Committee and as collaborators in developing the Title I Schoolwide Plan and plans for the use of Title I family engagement funds.

 

The parents/caregivers will:

Demonstrate understanding that participation in my child’s education will help his or her achievement through the following actions:

àParticipate in decisions related to school programs and my child’s education, and share my questions or comments about the programs in my child’s school.

àVolunteer in my child’s classroom or in school activities, as my schedule allows.

àEncourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school. 

 

The student will:

Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the followings actions:

àGet enough sleep every night.

àCome to school on time unless I am sick.

àTry my hardest and work with my classmates to complete learning tasks.

àGive my parents all notes and papers from my teacher.