School-Level Parental Involvement Policy

I.  Involvement of Parents in the Instructional Program

    IAHS does the following:

a.  Convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents/guardians shall be invited and encouraged to attend, in order to inform parents/ guardians that they can directly affect the success of their children's learning and the right of parents/guardians to be involved. 

IAHS provides the following meetings for parents to attend:  Freshmen Orientation, Parent Open House, as well as information and opportunities provided through quarterly newsletters, Schoolcast phone calls, Engrade, and the school website.

b.  Offers a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, Parent Advisory Committee and Itawamba High School meetings take place at lunch.

c.  Involves parents/guardians in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in planning, review, and improvement of its parent involvement policy, and the integration of these programs into the School-wide Plan.

The Parent Advisory Committee reviews the School-wide Plan on a quarterly basis and also has to approve the plan.  Itawamba High School requests parent input;  the information is then distributed to all parents.

d.  Develops and maintains consistent and effective communication between the home and school.

IAHS maintains consistent effective communication by using the following resources:  Engrade, Schoolcast, IAHS website, Smaller Learning Community student/parent conferences, quarterly newsletter, Teacher Support Team, weekly newspaper article, weekly news broadcast from IVC.

e.  Provides parents with an explanation of the school's curriculum, assessments, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

At IAHS, quarterly Parent advisory committee meetings are held, as well as Parent Nights.  Other services provided are as follows:  parents/student/teacher conferences, Freshmen Orientation, use of Schoolcast, district sponsored events, Subject Area Test pep rallies etc., and curriculum links on the school's website. 

f.  Provides parents, if requested, with opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children. 

If meetings are requested, the following staff members at IAHS are involved:  administration, counselors, teachers, and TST members.  The entire staff then enlists parents input at all levels.

II.  School-Parent Contract

IAHS has jointly developed with and distributed to parents, a school-family compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share their responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  It also describes how the school and parents will develop a partnership to help children reach proficiency on the MS content standards.  The school-family compact  describes the following items in addition to items added by parents and students :

a.  The school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction

b.  The parent's responsibility to support their children's learning

c.  The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at least annual conferences, reports on student progress, access to staff, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in and observe the educational program.

III.  Building Capacity for Involvement

IAHS engages parents in meaningful interactions with the school.  It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement.  To help reach these goals, the school does the following:

 

a.  Assists parents in understanding academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.

Freshmen Orientation, Parent Night, quarterly progress reports, 9-weeks report cards sent four times a year

b.  Provides materials and training to help parents develop techniques and strategies to use at home that support their children's academic achievement and to ensure their children's physical, social, and emotional well-being and healthy development in preparation for a productive future.

The following information is given to parents:  grading policies, intervention opportunities (after-school tutoring, tutoring during study hall periods, College Career Fair, FAFSA workshops, school website, parent surveys)

c.  Educates staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value of parent contributions, how to communicate effectively with parents, and how to work with parents as equal partners.

Parents involved in IAHS are given quarterly opportunities to give their input and suggestion about programs at IAHS and the Parent advisory committee then disseminates that information to the administration.  The Counselors and School Resource Officer provides information to all staff members at staff development days throughout the year.  A community liaison also helps with student attendance issues. A parent survey is conducted on a yearly basis and the data is given to all staff members.

d.  Coordinates and integrates parental involvement with other programs and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

Parent advisory meetings, IAHS website, Engrade, Schoolcast, Email communication between parents and teacher

IV.  Accessibility

IAHS provides opportunities for all parents to participate, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. 

All meetings held at IAHS will provide for a Spanish translator, if necessary, so that all parents can participate in the meeting.

This School Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with parents of children participating in Title I programs, as evidenced by meeting minutes.