Family Engagement Plan 2017-2018


Graysville Family Engagement Plan 2017-2018


Graysville Elementary School will 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.

Topics for the Title I schools annual meeting:

1.      Review the existing school Family Engagement policy that is written in understandable wording

2.      Go over the required components of the school parent involvement policy:

a.       Policy is developed with input from families and is distributed to families.

b.      Meetings are held at different times of the day so that more families can attend including parent-teacher conferences, the annual meeting, and meetings as requested by a family member or teacher.

c.       Families are involved in the planning, reviewing, and improving family engagement programs, school family engagement policy, and the joint development of the schoolwide program plan.

d.      Provide families with timely information.

e.       Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State's student academic standards by assisting each child in achieving the essential academic learning requirements by adjusting instruction to accommodate student educational needs and documenting ongoing assessment of each child's academic progress.

f.        Parent-teacher conferences are set up when requested by a family member to give suggestions and be part of the decision making about their child relating to the education of their child, and respond to the suggestions as soon as possible.

g.       The school-family compact is discussed at the annual meeting.

h.       The importance of communication between teachers and families are encouraged through parent-teacher conferences, frequent child progress reports for families, access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class, and observation of classroom activities, classroom newsletters, and school calendars.

i.         Help families understand topics such as the State's academic content standards, State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of family engagement and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children at events such as the annual meeting, parent-teacher conferences and PTO meetings.

j.        Provide materials and training to help families work with their children to improve their children's achievement.

k.      Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of families, in the value and utility of contributions of families, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with families as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between families and the school through county wide inservice opportunities.

l.         Coordinate family engagement programs and activities with public preschool and other programs to conduct activities, such as Head Start yearly visit to Graysville Elementary School including students and parents.

m.     Materials and training are provided to help families work with their children to improve their achievement, such as the family resource center located in the school library and using technology to foster parental involvement including Parent Portal training, social media outlets, SchoolCast messages and the SchoolCast App.

n.       Information about school and family programs, meetings, and other activities is provided to the families in an understandable language through classroom newsletters, school calendars, social media sites, and the school website.

o.      Provide other reasonable support for family engagement activities as families may request; such as food, childcare, and offering families resources during family engagement activities.

p.      Provide full opportunities for the participation of families with limited English proficiency, family members with disabilities, and families with migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a language such family members can understand.

3.       Explain the process of obtaining input from families to periodically revise the policy during the annual meeting.

4.      Explain the families' right to be involved in their child's progress.

5.      Describe the school activities and family training the county offers.

6.      Families can be involved by participating on the school TSIP committee, parent advisory committee, family reading activities, computer training for families, contacting the teacher about their child's progress and providing input, helping with homework, discussing any problems and brainstorming solutions, discussing upcoming school events, setting career goals and discuss post-secondary training options, etc.