CMSD Parent and Family Engagement Policy
In order to receive Title I funds, districts must conduct outreach to parents and family members and must implement programs, activities and procedures for the engagement of parents and families in Title I-funded activities. Each district must jointly develop with and distribute to families, in a language they can understand, a written parent and family engagement policy. The engagement policy must be periodically updated to reflect the needs of families and be incorporated into the district plans described above. Title I-receiving schools in the district must also distribute parent and family engagement policies agreed to by parents.
School Districts: The district parent and family engagement policy must describe how the district will:
- Engage parents in the joint development of the district and school plans;
- Provide the support necessary to assist schools in implementing effective, integrated evidenced-based family engagement strategies, activities and programs;
- Conduct an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of the policy in improving the academic quality of Title I schools, including identifying barriers to greater participation by families, (especially family members who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are a racial or ethnic minority) and use the findings to design strategies to support successful school and family partnerships; and
- Engage parents in the planning and execution of Title I school activities, which will also include establishing a parent advisory committee/council or School Parent Organization to review and revise the engagement policy annually.
- ESSA defines the term "parent" to include "a legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the child's welfare)."
For more information, contact:
Tracy Hill, M.Ed.
Executive Director, Family and Community Engagement