Monroe City Schools Parental Involvement in Education Policy
City Schools believes that a child's parents are not only the child's
first teachers, but they also are the most important teacher that the
child will have. The school district, the school administration and
staff, the parents, and the community have the responsibility of
nurturing and enhancing each child's intellectual abilities and
developmental skills. Clearly, schools must work more closely with
parents if we are to effectively address the needs of our
children. Monroe City Schools is dedicated to providing appropriate
help, both to the schools and to the parents, in the development of a
team effort toward this goal.
Monroe City Schools Parents Involvement Provisions
City Schools will provide parents with information regarding the
district's plans for implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of
- Monroe City Schools will hold an annual
district-wide meeting so that parents can have the opportunity to review
the district's NCLB Title I Program.
- Monroe City
Schools shall provide notice in the local printed news of the
availability of the district's Title I Program Application for public
review and comment.
- Monroe City Schools' Title I program
will provide to parents of participating students a copy of the
district's parent involvement policies and will involve parents in the
development of these policies.
- Monroe City Schools'
parental involvement program includes activities and procedures of
sufficient size, scope, and quality as to provide reasonable assurance
of substantial progress toward achieving the goals for school
improvement and parental involvement as the implementation of the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
- Specific activities that will be implemented by the district are:
technical assistance and support to the Title I schools in planning and
implementing parent involvement activities utilizing the EPATT Program.
(Such as: strategies for academic improvement and Content Standards)
Title I staff: administrators, principals, key teachers and parents will
conduct/participate in regular parent trainings and meetings at all
schools. These meetings will be held during the day (grade level), after
school and on Saturdays. These training sessions will focus on the
parents' role in supporting, reinforcing, and nurturing their children
in an academically feasible learning environment at home. A district
instructional newsletter will be disseminated every eight weeks. The
newsletter, prepared by the district's parental involvement Title I
Program, EPATT (Empowering Parents As Teachers, Too) staff will provide
content standard based activities by grade levels (Ex: Early Childhood,
Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12). Parents will be given
the newsletter at conferences with teachers, workshops, and at various
school activities. Newsletters will also be available at the Central
Office and Instructional Service Center. Parents at identified Title I
schools are encouraged to come to the Parent Resource Center located
"L.I.F.T." (Lots of Ideas for Teachers) Center for assistance with
strategies and activities they can do at home with their children.
an annual review and assessment, with the involvement of parents, to
determine the effectiveness of the district's parental involvement
- provide reasonable support for parent involvement activities as parents may request.
- provide parent literacy/parent involvement activities and support through use of several supplemental services.
parental involvement strategies either at the district level or at the
school level are written, budgeted for, or implemented throughout other
budget programs and departments. Personnel at all levels meet, plan and
execute strategies as a district, (Ex: Titles I, II, V, General
Education, Special Education, LEP, Vocation/Adult Education, PTOs, Head
Start, Reading First, K-3 Initiative, Nursery Schools, Even Start). All
of the programs listed share the same parents in some instances. The
total family is considered and involved. Coordination of personnel,
funds, and programs are integrated and supported by all.
- provide parents with reports of progress and other appropriate information about federal programs.
- Upon request, parents will be provided information about the certification of teachers and administrators.
- provide school report cards and conduct informative workshops for clarity.
- Parents at school site meetings will be informed of the purpose and use of the Louisiana Parent Information Center.
district LEP Coordinator and Title I Staff will hold informative
meetings regularly with LEP families. These meetings will address
academic proficiency meeting State standards.
will conduct monthly family and community workshops/meetings designed
to explain and promote academic excellence. Ex: Family Math, Family
Saturday Morning Out, Grandparents' Evening, and Honors' Night.
district's parental involvement policy is distributed and communicated
to all the schools by the Director of Instructional Services and the
Parental Involvement Coordinating Teacher. Schools devise and revise
parental involvement policies based on goals of the district. School
policies are communicated and implemented as part of schools' compacts
signed by parents, principals, teachers, and students. Effective
parental involvement activities are measured by participation,
volunteerism and increased academic performance.
that might exist will be addressed at the school site. The principal,
building level committee in conjunction with the school improvement
committee will address all concerns through annual, monthly Title I
meetings and conferences. The director and the Title I administrative
staff will be available to give direction and assistance to schools,
staffs, and parents. District-wide in-service trainings will address
barriers that may occur.
Teacher/ Parent Student Compacts
will serve as the mechanism schools will use to ensure that academic
compacts will be designed and executed by each school and the outcome
evaluated by Title I and other district administrative staff The Title I
administrative staff along with the Title I parental involvement
outreach program staff will conduct school site meetings in conjunction
with parent conferences annually. At such meetings, parents' comments
will be requested and collected. The Title I program and allocation of
funds will be explained. Oral and written feedback will be requested as
to how the reserved I % funds should be spent. The Title I EP ATT staff
will conduct parent training after school and on Saturdays. Parent
involvement strategies will be developed. Parents will be assisted in
helping other parents become involved in activities such as: Family Math
Night, Family Saturday Morning Out, Street Captains, and Block
Tutoring. Parents will be afforded professional development
opportunities through site training after school and on Saturdays,
"L.I.F.T." Center in-services on Saturdays, and state, regional, and
national conferences. Parents will also be invited to share in
technology training sessions with teacher and support staff.
Title I administrative staffwill meet with each school principal and the
school improvement committees three times a year. During the meeting,
personnel are trained on ways of communication with and to parents in
verbal and written forms. Samples are provided. Training Sessions
involve dramatizations, role playing, questions and answers, etc
or after four weeks of school, parents are notified of the professional
qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals. The district has
developed and disseminated an official letter to be sent to parents. The
letters are mailed from the school sites and the Instructional Service
The Parent Involvement Policy will be attached to the
compact and sent home by every child. Additional policies will be
disseminated at Open House meetings and parent conferences.
School-Parent Relation Goals
Monroe City School Board shall require individual Title I schools to
jointly develop, with the involvement of parents of participating
students, a parent involvement plan. Parents shall be provided the
opportunities to assist in the development of the schools' Title I
program and the schools' parent involvement activities. The school staff
and parents shall assume and share responsibility for implementation of
the parent involvement plan. Such efforts shall encompass the
- Each Title I school shall hold an annual
meeting to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and
explain to the parents their right of participation within the Title I
- Each Title I school shall appoint at least (2)
parents to the school's Title I Planning School Improvement Committee
and shall involve these parents in the planning and implementation of
the school's Title I program.
- Each Title I school shall
offer a flexible number of meetings for parents at various times during
the day so that all parents have the opportunity to participate in
parent involvement activities.
- Specific activities that shall be implemented by each Title I school are:
- provide parents with appropriate reports of student progress and student expectations;
- provide assistance and support to parents in helping them to work with children to improve student performance;
- Co conduct an annual review and assessment, with the involvement of parents, to
- determine the effectiveness of the school's parent involvement program;
jointly, with parents a school/parent compact which describes the
school's responsibilities for parent involvement in supporting their
- provide family literacy/parent involvement
activities and support to parents of students who are the most "at-risk"
and those who are most economically disadvantaged:
- provide parents reasonable access to the school staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's learning;
training to teachers and staff in reaching out to parents,
communicating with parents as partners, and building coordination and
collaboration with parents;
- involve community-based
organizations and businesses in parent involvement and family literacy
activities Le. Children's Coalition, LaChip, Volunteers of America:
Louisiana Promise; Ouachita Junior League; and
- develop and implement plans and strategies for improving parent involvement and family literacy activities; and
not less than 1 percent (1%) of the school's Title I allocation for the
of parent involvement and family literacy activities. 95% of the 1% set
aside allocations for family involvement is allowed for schools to use
for parent trainings, Saturday mornings academic fairs and materials for
parent trainings. Monies are tracked by the Federal Programs office.
Schools are then given amounts and requested materials, stipends and
in-district travel which are . approved by the Executive Director of
Instructional Services and executed by fiscal clerks. Transaction
records are kept at the school site and at the Federal Programs Office.
the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to
parents of children served by the school district or school, as
appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following, by
undertaking the actions below: .:. the State's academic content
- the State's student academic achievement standards,
- the State's and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
- No Child Left Behind requirements .:. the requirements of Part A, and
- how to monitor their child's progress, and follow the curriculum, electronically:
- system-wide calendar » faculty websites
- Parent Command Center
- Scope & sequence of curriculum » MCS Library Automation Project