Parent Involvement Policy
Cottage School, Montessori Education agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
The school will jointly develop with parents, distribute to parents of participating children, a School Parental Involvement Policy that the school and parents of participating children agree on.
The school will notify parents about the School Parental Involvement Policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, will distribute this policy to parents in a language the parents can understand.
The school will make the School Parental Involvement Policy available to the local community.
The school will periodically update the School Parental Involvement Policy to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
The school agrees to be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring—
(A) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
(B) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
(C) that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
- Cottage Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development and joint agreement of its School Parental Involvement Policy and its Single Plan for Student Achievement under section 1112 of the ESEA:
School Parent Involvement Policy Process:
Parent input will be solicited in several different ways. The principal will lead discussion on the topic at School Site Council and Parent Teacher Association meetings. An article will be included in the Cottage Connection requesting input from parents. The principal will write the article, which will run in several issues.
Parent input will be gathered through a survey distributed each spring and through discussion at SSC and PTA meetings. In the Comet Connection, the school newsletter, parents will be invited to these input gathering meetings. In addition to the survey and meetings, parents will have the opportunity to share their ideas on a written form included in the Comet Connection.
The classroom teachers will collect ongoing student data and use the data along with STAR results to modify and adjust the school program.
The information from parents and the student data will be complied and determine the yearly school plan. This plan will include goals for improvement and will be made available at SSC, PTA and in the school office.
- Cottage Elementary School will take the following actions to distribute its Parent Involvement Policy.
- Print Parent Involvement Policy in the Comet Connection.
- Post Parent Involvement Policy on the Cottage Elementary School website.
- Share details of the policy at a General PTA Meeting.
- Share Parent Involvement Policy during school tours.
- Include Parent Involvement Policy in “First Day” packet each school year.
- Cottage Elementary School will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA:
- At least once each year Cottage Elementary School parents will be invited to enter into focused inquiry and conversation with school staff regarding annual state assessment results, and curriculum embedded benchmark assessment results. The school will share their analysis of the results and elicit parent feedback regarding the school’s analysis. Together staff and parents will discuss adjustments to the school academic program, which are deemed necessary in response to the data analysis.
- Our School Site Council will analyze our school academic performance data each year. This data will serve as the basis for our Single School Plan for Student Achievement.
- Cottage Elementary School will provide to parents of participating children a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
This information will be distributed at school tours for prospective parents, Back to School Nights for each grade level, New Parent Coffee, School Site Council and Parent Teacher Association meeting.
- Coordination will occur between preschool programs and elementary schools in the following manner:
- The names of parent ambassadors from the Early Childhood Education programs will be provided to receiving elementary schools. Additionally principals/teachers will receive information regarding Early Childhood Education programs;
- Parent Ambassadors will be invited to join school parent committees;
- Cottage Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its school. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, homeless, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background).
An annual parent survey will be conducted to review school effectiveness as perceived by the parent community. When the results of the survey are received from the district the school will hold an annual parent meeting. Parents will be invited to review the survey results and to offer suggestions, which address areas of concern. The school will use the findings of the survey and the parent analysis to design future strategies for more parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
- Cottage Elementary School will help build staff and parent capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, through the following activities specifically described below:
The school will hold an annual school data meeting for parents. Attention will be given to presenting information in a manner, which makes the information understandable and accessible. Translators will be available for the meetings. Topics will include analysis of school API and AYP results, sub-group data, and when appropriate program improvement status. The meeting format will include input from the principal regarding the data and school interventions currently in pace to address achievement gaps. Parents will be invited to share their view of the data and to offer suggestions for improved connections between home and school.
All parents will receive a letter mailed to their home informing them of their child’s assessment results on the annual STAR state achievement tests.
Multiple media sources such as Connect Ed, the district newsletter, and district and school level websites will be used to convey annual school progress toward district, state and federal goals. The school parent involvement policy will be posted on the school’s web site.
Parents will receive their student’s assessment results and be invited to speak with school personnel regarding the state STAR results.
An annual meeting will be conducted in which Title 1 guidelines and parental rights as defined by No Child Left Behind mandates are shared with parent community.
- The school will, with the assistance of the district, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacytraining, andusing technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement by:
Parent education training regarding how to support key grade level standards at home will be offered to parents.
Information about how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities will be offered to families at the annual Back to School Night and in the school newsletter, as well as, in parent-teacher conferences.
- Cottage Elementary School will, with the assistance of the district and parents, educate its teachers, and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools, by:
Staff will receive training in how to reach out to parents in ways that establish trust and rapport and build strong partnership aimed at student success.
Connect ED will be used at all sites to inform parents of important school information. Messages will be translated when possible.
Schools will provide a bi-monthly newsletter to parents.
- The school will take the following actions to ensure that information related to the school and parent- programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand:
- The following documents are translated (Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Romanian) for parents:
- California High School Exit Exam results
- California English Development Test
- Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Results
- No Child Left Behind Teacher Qualifications letter
- English Language Learner Program Enrollment
- Uniform Complaint Procedures
- Enrollment Options Letter
- Home Language Survey
- District Parent Rights and Responsibilities
- Parent/Student Handbook
- Progress Report
- Report Card
- Unexcused Absence Form
- Truancy Notice
- Suspension Notice
Additionally, the AT&T translation phone service is available to all school sites. Translators will be made available for school site needs, whenever possible.