Title 1 Parent & Family Engagement Policy & Compact
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
Groveton 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.
Groveton 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. 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.
- November 4 & 5 and additional dates, as needed
Progress Report & Interim Distribution
- September 25, 2019
- November 6, 2019
- December 11, 2019
- February 12, 2020
- Mach 4, 2020
- April 15, 2020
- June 12, 2020
- Groveton Family Day: August 22, 2019
- Chalk 4 Peace: September 20, 2019
- Advanced Academics Family Orientation: October 3, 2019
- Hispanic Heritage Celebration: October 18, 2019
- Fall Festival: November 2, 2019
- Thanksgiving Luncheon: November 21, 2019
- Advanced Academics Parent Information Night: December 3, 2019
- Blizzard Bingo: February 7, 2020
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 the School Improvement and Innovation Plan.
- Engage caregiver input when developing the School Improvement Plan (SIP), 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 Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Fall Festival, and Blizzard Bingo.
- Provide opportunities for caregivers to volunteer within the school in various ways, such as assisting in the Parent Resource Center, assembling Wednesday packets, and Blessings in a Backpack.
- 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 KIT (Keep In Touch) messages, progress reports, phone calls home, conferences, and weekly communication folders.
- Encourage all caregivers to attend an annual meeting 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 Groveton Family Day, Advanced Academic Parent Information Night, AVID Night, PIP events.
- Provide opportunities throughout the year for families to better understand the school’s goals for students and find ways to improve student learning by Partners in Print Night, Academic Nights, and Parent Coffees.
- Maintain resources for caregivers to review student assignments and ongoing communication about student work, such as parent/teacher conferences, Groveton ES website, and weekly Wednesday packets.
- 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 Advanced Academics Parent Information Night.
- Offer regular opportunities for families to learn directly from school staff about the school’s academic, behavioral, and social programming through Academic Content Nights and Partners in Print Nights
- 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 with their child such as Partners in Print.
- Provide ongoing access to resources in the school, such as electronic resources through the Groveton ES library, online databases, and internet resources for students available through the Groveton ES website.
- Provide mentors for students though Mentor Works.
- Provide opportunities to donate and access supplies donated by others, such as beginning of the year school supplies and backpacks, holiday support for families, and Blessings in a Backpack program.
- Leverage partnerships with local businesses and organizations to enhance school programs and events.
- Support parents in accessing county and community resources, such as English classes, parent homework support and by providing access to other programs through the Groveton Parent Resource Center.
- Offer outreach and training for targeted families, such as Early Literacy and English Classes for Parents.
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 with a Parent Resource center, parent coffees throughout the year, volunteer opportunities, and other school events that are open to the school community.
- 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 requests and questions, registration, events, etc.
- Expand access for family participation in informational meetings and learning sessions through timely notification of families and language interpretation.
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:
- Teach all students according to the state’s challenging standards, using approved curriculum resources.
- Provide ongoing professional development and support to all teachers to ensure effective instructional practices are used in all classrooms.
- Units of Study
- Guided Reading and Guided Math
- Collaborative Learning Teams
Provide a supportive and effective learning environment for students through the following actions:
- Provide clear expectations for student behavior and academic learning.
- Offer a variety of resources to help students with their learning.
- CALM Mindfulness and Wellness
- Tiger Time
Provide assistance to caregivers in understanding the school’s program through the following actions:
- Hold 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.
- Provide 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:
- Include 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:
- Participate 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.
- Volunteer in my child’s classroom or in school activities, as my schedule allows.
- Encourage and support my child’s learning at home and at school.
- Send my child to school on time, well rested, and prepared for learning.
- Stay informed about my child’s education by checking my child’s backpack regularly for school communication, and will respond to weekly folder, teacher notes, school forms, and other communication.
- Make sure that homework is completed and that my child devotes 30 minutes to reading at home, at least 5 days a week.
- Be involved in school activities and events to build community and support academic achievement.
The student will:
Share the responsibility to improve my academic learning to achieve the state’s challenging standards through the following actions:
- Get enough sleep every night.
- Come to school on time unless I am sick.
- Try my hardest and work with my classmates to complete learning tasks.
- Give my parents all notes and papers from my teacher.
- Do my homework and read every day.
- Make an effort to get enough rest each night and eat a well-balanced meal.
- Ask for help when needed and, if no one can help, write down the questions to ask my teacher later.