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2018-2019 Parent and Family Engagement in our District
                 
Parent and Family Engagement Resources

The Bladen County School System recognizes the vital role that parents and families play in the education of children. We encourage all parents and families to be fully involved in the education of their students and in the life of the schools. Parent and family support is critical for school success and improves the educational achievement of each child. Bladen County Schools will strive to include parents and families in all aspects of district and school programming. Our goal is to maintain a strong partnership that will allow all students to experience success. 

Title I schools involve parents and families in activities throughout the school year. Each fall, the parents and families of children in Title I schools are invited to a “Title I Annual Meeting”. The purpose of this meeting is to inform parents and families of the programs and activities to be provided with Title I funds, as well as of their right to be involved in the planning and implementation of school programs. All information (oral and written) will be communicated in a format and language that parents and families can understand. 

Each year, School-Parent Compacts (to be signed) outline how parents, family members, school staff and students will share responsibility for improved achievement. The Compact, along with the school level Parent and Family Engagement Plan, is reviewed annually by each school improvement team, PTO representatives and other invited stakeholders. 

Curriculum nights are held each school year to inform parents and families of grade level North Carolina Standards, academic assessments used to measure student progress, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet. Parents and families will be made aware of these events via All-call phone messages, school newsletters, school websites and take-home flyers.

Parents are always offered the opportunity to confer with their child’s teacher. A Parent/Teacher Conference Day will be scheduled early in the school year and will be conducted on an early release day for students. Parent/Teacher conferences will continue throughout the year as needed and requested by parents and/or teachers.

US Department of Education Title I Part A defines Parent and Family Engagement as:

SEC. 1116. PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT.

(b) SCHOOL-PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT   T POLICY.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Each school served under this part shall jointly develop with, and distribute to, 
parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy, 
agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the means for carrying out the requirements of subsections
(c) through (f). Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and 
uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand. 
Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the 
changing needs of parents and the school.

(2) SPECIAL RULE.—If the school has a parent and family engagement policy that applies to all 
parents and family members, such school may amend that policy, if necessary, to meet the 
requirements of this subsection.

(3) AMENDMENT.—If the local educational agency involved has a school district-level parent and 
family engagement policy that applies to all parents and family members in all schools served by 
the local educational agency, such agency may amend that policy, if necessary, to meet the 
requirements of this subsection.

(4) PARENTAL COMMENTS.—If the plan under section 1112 is not satisfactory to the parents of 
participating children, the local educational agency shall submit any parent comments with such 
plan when such local educational agency submits the plan to the State.

(c) POLICY INVOLVEMENT.—Each school served under this part shall—

(1) convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children 
shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school’s participation under 
this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be 
involved;

(2) offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may 
provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such 
services relate to parental involvement;

(3) involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and 
improvement of programs under this part, including the planning, review, and improvement of the 
school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan 
under section 1114(b), except that if a school has in place a process for involving parents in the 
joint planning and design of the school’s programs, the school may use that process, if such 
process includes an adequate

representation of parents of participating children;


(4) provide parents of participating children—

(A) timely information about programs under this part;

(B) a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic 
assessment used to measure student progress, and the achievement levels of the challenging State 
academic standards; and

(C) if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to 
participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond 
to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible; and

(5) if the schoolwide program plan under section 1114(b) is not satisfactory to the parents of 
participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan 
available to the local educational agency.

(d) SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.— As a component of the 
school-level parent and family engagement policy developed under subsection (b), each school served 
under this part shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a 
school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share 
the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and 
parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards. 
Such compact shall—

(1) describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a 
supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served under this part to 
meet the challenging State academic standards, and the ways in which each parent will be 
responsible for supporting their children’s learning; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and 
participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and 
positive use of extracurricular time; and

(2) address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis 
through, at a minimum—

(A) parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact 
shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievement;

(B) frequent reports to parents on their children’s progress;

(C) reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, 
and observation of classroom activities; and

(D) ensuring regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and school staff, 
and, to the extent practicable, in a language that family members can understand.

(e) BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT.—To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a 
partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic 
achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part—

(1) shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or local educational 
agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the challenging State


academic standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to 
monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;

(2) shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve 
their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology (including education 
about the harms of copyright piracy), as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;

(3) shall educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other 
school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of 
contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as 
equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the 
school;

(4) shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement 
programs and activities with other Federal, State, and local programs, including public preschool 
programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support 
parents in more fully participating in the education of their children;

(5) shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other 
activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent 
practicable, in a language the parents can understand;

(6) may involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other 
educators to improve the effectiveness of such training;

(7) may provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the local 
educational agency has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such 
training;

(8) may pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement 
activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in 
school-related meetings and training sessions;

(9) may train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;

(10) may arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between 
teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are 
unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and 
participation;

(11) may adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement;


(12) may establish a districtwide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related 
to parental involvement in programs supported under this section;

(13) may develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent 
involvement activities; and

(14) shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this 
section as parents may request.

(f) ACCESSIBILITY.—In carrying out the parent and family engagement requirements of this part, 
local educational agencies and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide opportunities for 
the informed participation of parents and family members (including parents and family members who 
have limited English proficiency, parents and family members with disabilities, and parents and 
family members of migratory children), including providing information and school reports required 
under section 1111 in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents 
understand.

(g) FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS.—In a State operating a program under part E of title 
IV, each local educational agency or school that receives assistance under this part shall inform 
parents and organizations of the existence of the program.

(h) REVIEW.—The State educational agency shall review the local educational agency’s parent and 
family engagement policies and practices to determine if the policies and practices meet the 
requirements of this section.